Print and pattern – aluminium jewellery with Lindsey Mann


Ref: S2D12140

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About this course

Create a unique piece of jewellery in printed anodised aluminium. You will be introduced to printing techniques, with a particular emphasis on the use of found, recycled and natural materials to discover unexpected textures and patterns. You will experiment and explore the material and colouring mediums before focusing on a final piece of jewellery.

Course Description

Anodised aluminium is a fascinating and diverse material, which can be decorated to produce stunning effects for contemporary jewellery.

You will be working with pre-anodised aluminium and focusing on the decorative colouring of the material. You will be introduced to a host of printing techniques through demonstrations and discussions, including block printing, collagraph and mono-print. There will be a strong emphasis on the use of found, recycled and natural materials to produce unexpected and surprising texture and patterns.

You will create a series of samples and notes as you try out each colouring technique, providing a useful reference collection. You will be encouraged to experiment and explore the capabilities of the material before making final pieces of jewellery. Projects will be tailored to suit the jewellery making experience of each individual. The course will cover designing for anodised aluminium, and an introduction to cold-connections, along with basic jewellery making techniques.

You can expect to come away from the course with a good set of samples, at least one completed piece of jewellery and the confidence to continue exploring the subject alone. You will be given notes and a useful list of suppliers during the course.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor and College will supply all of the materials, including: pre-anodised aluminium sheet (1x A4 sheet of each, 0.5mm and 1mm, per student), printing inks, dyes, plus other general materials.

What students need to bring

  • An apron
  • A sketchbook
  • A pen and pencil
  • Any jewellery findings or silver wire to incorporate into a finished piece of jewellery
  • You are encouraged to bring along any colour reference material.
  • Optional: Textured materials to print from could include: heavy paper or card, anaglypta wallpaper, fabrics, foam, string, leaves, flowers or anything that has texture and isn’t solid, and has the potential to give a print.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Silver can be purchased from the College Shop, which stocks a range of sheet, wire, rod, tube and findings. These will be available in set sizes and lengths, suitable for a wide range of projects. Sketchbooks and general art materials.
  • Available from tutor:
  • Silver wire 1mm, 0.8mm or silver findings, should you need them
  • Additional anodised aluminium sheets
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes). Please tie your hair back if it is long.


Lindsey Mann

Lindsey Mann trained in Jewellery at Middlesex University. She is well recognised for her innovative approach to colour and decoration on anodised aluminium, along with the vibrant pieces of jewellery that she creates. Lindsey has been teaching since 2004 and is the author of Coloured Aluminium Jewellery: design & make. Her work has been exhibited throughout the UK and abroad.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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