Jivan Astfalck lectures on MA and BA courses and is the School of Jewellery's China Officer. She combines teaching with studio practice, which she exhibits internationally.
A visual artist, jeweller and academic, Jivan was born in Berlin, where she trained and qualified as a goldsmith. She has lived in the UK for more than 20 years, obtaining an MA in the history and theory of modern art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, and a PhD in fine art at the University of the Arts, London.
Her main focus and research interest is in using hermeneutic philosophy, literary theory and other appropriate thought models as tools to investigate narrative structures embedded in body-related crafts objects. In her view, the convergence of crafts, design and fine art practices is conducive to extending the theoretical vocabulary and map out new territories, where crafts practices contribute to cultural production and dissemination.