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Discover “Living Gold” at the National Silver Day in Schoonhoven

This Monday May 20, 2024, Simone van den Broek, will be participating in the Silver Challenge during the National Silver Day in Schoonhoven. Her project, “Living Gold,” explores the groundbreaking application of mycelium material in goldsmithing. Check out Simone’s submission videos below.

Simone’s participation in the Silver Challenge offers a unique opportunity to witness the possibilities of mycelium in jewellery. During the National Silver Day, visitors can view her latest mycelium jewellery piece and vote for their favorite.


“Living Gold” is an exploration of mycelium, nature’s hidden architect, to revolutionize jewellery design. This project celebrates the potential of bio-based design by incorporating mycelium into goldsmithing, offering a sustainable and creative approach to jewellery creation. Simone’s work highlights two innovative methods: setting mycelium in precious metal like traditional gemstones and growing mycelium directly onto jewellery designs.


If you wish to attend the event, visit the National Silver Day websitearrow for more information. And if you are going to attend the event: do not forget to vote!

Living Gold

Our new research project Living Gold explores the application of mycelium material in goldsmithing, igniting inspiration and promoting new possibilities for bio-based design. Mycelium, nature’s hidden architect, holds immense potential for creativity and environmental consciousness. By tapping into this abundant resource, we reshape the boundaries of jewellery creation.

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‘The ultimate goal is to provide people with the information, skills and tools that enable them to improve the quality of their daily lives.’

Simone van den Broek is a researcher within the Situated Art and Design research group, and a tutor for the Communication & Multimedia Design programme at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch. 

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Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.

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