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Jewellery & Metal (MA)

Bronte Schwier

Bronte Schwier is a designer-maker, born and raised in London. After completing her BA (Hons) at Central Saint Martins in Ceramic Design, she worked in the Fashion industry; assisting the likes of Cecilie Bahnsen, Phoebe English and the Jewellery Buying Team at Dover Street Market. 

Coming from a creative background, Bronte has always been fascinated by material culture and craftsmanship. She is now combining her material knowledge of Silversmithing, Millinery and Product Design. Most recently Bronte has been creating accessories, including Millinery for the stylist, Max Pearmain. 

During her Masters Degree in Jewellery and Metal at the RCA, her ring design for the Theo Fennell Competition was selected for manufacture, which is featured below. She was awarded both the Onno Boekhoudt Travel Bursary, and the opportunity of a weeks study in Japan as part of the Kyoto T5 Project. 

Bronte has exhibited at the Dyson Gallery, Horniman Museum, 1Granary Square, London Design Festival, Lethaby Gallery and The National Gallery.  




Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

Jewellery & Metal (MA)

With what she saw as contradictory interests in the fashion industry and sustainable design, Bronte felt a hypocritical tension between her shared interests, prompting her to question ‘As designers, how can we take responsibility in altering overlooked consumer habits?’

Bronte states, “We get so bonded by mediocrity that we become complacent with the “need” for consumption, and the lack of resourcefulness”. Understanding an objects construction and adaptability is vital in design and for the user — the assembly of art and design should not be the end result, but a means to become more sensitive to where and what we consume.

“The aim of my final term was to explore possible ways to create elements that hold multifunctional capabilities. I explored handmade and machine-engineered techniques, using durable materials with the intention to provide functional, yet decorative components. I wanted to create a body of work with transferable qualities, and to reconcile the tension.” Bronte continues to collaborate and continue her MA project after lockdown. 

Turned stainless steel, aluminium

Interchangeable components

Hardware for Ben Osborn AW20

Detachable, double-ended fixings

Hardware Film by Bronte Schwier
Design elements, such as buckles and buttons, have much become overlooked today. Once treasured and re-purposed, now often end up in a landfill. This encouraged Bronte to think about how things can be made to encourage adaptability, imagination and long life usage.

Through collaborating with local fashion designers, Bronte noticed a gap in the market for this kind of bespoke service and hardware offering today. Bronte aims to provide an opportunity to add durable, yet desirable detailing to garments, that could in fact be used on many other household objects.

With the use of turned steel, screw-threads and interconnecting components, Bronte offers multiple arrangements and uses for elements.


Turned stainless steel, aluminium

In Collaboration with:

AdaptAssemblageConstructConsumer behaviourconsumerismDesign For DisassemblyDesign ThinkingDurabilityHapticHardwareRecycleTactility


Hand carved push-button's

Shirt detail

Campaign still

The fastenings designed for Tiscar Espadas', June 2020 collection were informed by a case study focusing on the force of monumental scale and the design sensibilities of modernist construction — reference was drawn from bus stops built during the Soviet Union era, documented by Ursula Schulz-Dornburg.

Bronte was attracted to the permanent structures appearance of function and mass production, however each was designed by an individual architect. She imagines the ambitious engineered structures as microscopic details of silversmithing components.

Bronte created the set of hardware around this concept; the fastenings hold a structural form, yet offer movement and press functions.

During the Covid-19 lockdown she couldn't help but concentrate on the lack of ability to touch and handle objects; she wanted to create a range that offer the user personal, tactile and mechanised detailing. The collection consists of buttons, buckles and safety pin brooches for Tiscar Espadas - featured on the London Fashion Week, June 2020 online show.


Aluminium, recycled plastic, copper

In Collaboration with:

Ring box, beech wood

Top view

Ring, earring, pendant

Pipe series

Front view

Tangled bracelet

The competition’s brief was to create a design based on a famous song title that had a meaningful message to someone close to you or a client. For this, Bronte chose Bob Dylans ‘Tangled Up In Blue’, for her Dad. The initial prototype of the ring itself was made from her Mum’s gardening wire and tubing, giving a novel, “chubby” feel to it, that references the almost humorous undertone of the lyrics’ “entangled” feeling.

The finished design, which the Theo Fennell team are producing, holds the Octagonal cut Mandarin Garnet in centre place, with a gunmetal-blue Rhodium finish.

In the spring term Bronte produced a prototype ring and box at college, testing out different technical approaches, such as, 3D printing and casting, hand forging silver wire, and hand building silver tube, in order to understand the material and technical properties of each method. The jewellery sits in a beech wood box – a gentle nod towards the industrial tube form.


Sterling silver, beech wood, recycled plastic


Temporal Structures — The film features explorations of shapes and forms of construction, during lockdown.

In Collaboration with:

The nomadic club, 'Where is the air?', evolved from the Onno Boekhoudt Travel Bursary Award, where Bronte and her classmate Hellena Hueck had planned to create a range of transitory structures before lockdown; referencing the spatial and temporal qualities of tent and kite structures and how they can provide a temporal sense of common place. “The spirit of sporadic, participatory interplay can re-establish a sense of belonging in a community. Recreational play and public spaces are at danger and on the decline in urban landscapes. The simple use of air and fabric can provide instant, lightweight, pre-fabricated structures - adding a novel and captivating monument to a sterile space." Going forward, they plan to provide a portable solution for this problem, in lifeless spaces, ultimately rejoicing the community, with the use of surplus hot air balloon fabric and wires, donated by Cameron Balloons Ltd., Bristol. The travel project has kick-started their 'Where is the air? Accessoire Club' - coming very soon!

Continuation Fund, Royal College of Art

Onno Boekhoudt Bursary

22 July 2020
14:00 (GMT + 0)

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