Newman, Nina

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Nina is a lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology in the Department of Design Studies (Jewellery Design and Manufacture Programme). She teaches jewellery rendering, jewellery design, entrepreneurship and jewellery theory. Her Masters research focused on creating idealised South African botanical motifs in enamel jewellery based on the principles of Renaissance painting.

Nina is passionate about exploring and creating design methodologies relating to contemporary jewellery and creating awareness of commercial jewellery design ethics. Other research activities include designing and manufacturing contemporary jewellery for various exhibitions, specifically jewellery pieces incorporating the technique of enamelling.

Determining jewellery students’ CAD competencies as a means to incorporate a student-led teaching strategy: A case study

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Fashion, Jewellery & Textile Design

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many changes to educators’ teaching approaches. The pandemic has also highlighted the role that technology and the fourth industrial revolution play in the future of tertiary education. Many educators have to adapt to these changes and adopt strategies to benefit the students’ prospective positions in various industries. Computer-aided design (CAD) has revolutionised the jewellery industry, mainly through decreasing production timelines, increasing the accuracy of the pieces, and creating production-ready designs. Initially, the industry was slow to integrate the technology, but it is now widely used in jewellery manufacturing.

The perception of registered design protection in the South African Jewellery Industry

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Fashion, Jewellery & Textile Design

The aim of this paper is to examine the perception and validity of commercial design protection in the South African Jewellery Industry and to convey the general consensus regarding the registration of commercial designs. This exploratory study employs quantitative research and information was collated through a questionnaire that was distributed by the Jewellery Council of South Africa. The questionnaire gauged, inter alia, whether South African jewellers are aware of the Designs Act, the design registration process and which commercial designs are registered.

Idealisation as a design approach in enamelled contemporary jewellery

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Fashion, Jewellery & Textile Design

The Platonic notion of idealism, specifically used in the botanical imagery represented inRenaissance paintings is investigated in this paper and compared to the botanical motifs used in Renaissance enamelled jewellery. The same process of idealisation used in Renaissance painting and enamel jewels is applied to South African botanical motifs, which creates a stylistic departure from the botanical images used during the Renaissance.

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