Miss Sofie Boons

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  • Qualifications:BA, MA, SFHEA
  • Position:Research Associate - Centre for Fine Print Research
  • Department:ACE - Art and Design
  • Telephone:+4411732 81021
  • Email:Sofie.Boons@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Sofie joined the CFPR as a Research Associate and Craft Council Research Fellow as part of E3 Research England in November 2019. She collaborates with the team using and developing equipment, novel ideas and projects.

Sofie is studying towards a PhD and her supervisory team includes Sarah Bodman and Laura Morgan. In the research project she is investigating the design implications, possibilities, and limits of utilising man-made crystals in the development of jewellery designs.

In her role, Sofie supports the joint activities with the Craft Council and in collaboration with Tom McDonagh, she instigated CFPR wide projects: including #letstalktools, #greetingsfromCFPR and #CFPRquotes.

Prior to joining UWE she worked at the British Academy of Jewellery, where she supported the owner in the role of Head of Academy carrying responsibility for the overall leadership and management of the educational institution and its team of approximately 40 members of staff. During her tenure as Head of Academy the Academy achieved the Matrix Standard, BAC accreditation, successfully passed ISI Inspections, and achieved an OFSTED Good Grade. Furthermore, the Academy was registered on ROATP and successfully met quality and performance targets of a number of awarding and subcontracting organisations. In her role Sofie oversaw the development of Level 2-6 qualifications, and achieved validation for the BA (Hons) in Jewellery Design and Production by Kingston University. Finally, she successfully developed and managed an Erasmus + funded project in collaboration with the Hochschule Trier (Germany) and Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School (Italy).

Sofie obtained the MA 'Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery' at the Royal College of Art, where her work was awarded the Theo Fennell Overall Excellence Award. Sofie was selected as One to Watch by the Design Council and awarded STROOM and Design Vlaanderen grants. Her work has been shown globally at a range of galleries/exhibitions, and pieces have been included in permanent collections.

Area of expertise

Jewellery Design/Manufacturing, Metalwork, CAD/CAM, Rendering, Drawing, Metallurgy


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