Dianne is an archivist at David Webb and a freelance jewelry consultant. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, she has held positions including senior jewelry specialist at Christie’s, manager of Dior Fine Jewelry, and Cinta jewelry director at John Hardy. She was an original jewelry expert on PBS's Antiques Roadshow and has lectured extensively on antique and estate jewelry.
Matt Bennett and colleagues from Stuller will propose future scenarios involving emerging technologies that could impact the industry and pave the way for more intelligent design. These include algorithmic/generative design or “self-designing forms based on input criteria and analysis of given parameters and/or material properties”; augmented reality; 4D printing; and the future of input and interaction—touch, gesture, and augmented reality changing the “how” of the design experience.
Alba Cappellieri is a full professor of jewelry and fashion accessory design at the Politecnico di Milano, where she is the head of the fashion design degree program. She is the director of the international master of fashion accessory design program and is a member of the scientific committee of L’École Van Cleef & Arpels in Paris. From 2013 to 2016, she taught design driven innovation at Stanford University. She was appointed an ambassador of Italian Design in 2017. She has been the director of the Museum of Jewelry in Vicenza since 2014.
David Fletcher, Cooksongold, will give an overview of “Direct Manufacturing,” which some companies believe could eventually eliminate the need for craftsmen. He will offer case studies and some real examples of state-of- the-art 3D printing in precious metal. Cooksongold, part of Heimerle + Meule Group, U.K., is the exclusive producer of precious metals for use in direct 3D printing.
Troy Richards, dean for the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, will address the interaction of education in art, craft, and business, and discuss his vision for the future as technology wrestles with art.
The design team and the master craftsmen at David Webb will present a panel discussion on how they integrate digital model-making and design into the context of fine jewelry while keeping the DNA of their brand vibrant and alive.
Wendy Yothers is a silversmith by trade and a lifelong advocate of the applied arts. Her passion is making art—transforming precious thoughts into evocative objects, jewelry, and accessories. Her work resides in many museums and private collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Vatican, the Newark Museum, and the Corning Museum of Glass, where she was an artist in residence in 2017. She was educated at the University of Michigan, the National College of Goldsmithing in Finland, and the Institute for Precious Metals Design in Denmark.