Sandrine Cohen is principally a jewellery designer and has been represented in the collections of a number of prestigious firms including Baccarat and Christofle. Following studies at Brighton with Caroline Broadhead she went to Los Angeles before settling in Paris.
Coming from Paris, France, Sandrine Cohen joined Brighton Polytechnic Art School, Grand Parade in September 1977 and graduated in the summer of 1980, obtaining a BA in 3D-Design (Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics) majoring in jewellery under Caroline Broadhead.
As a student Sandrine Cohen showed and sold jewellery designs at: The Electrum Gallery, London (1978-1980), Marie Zisswiller Galerie,Paris (1980-1981), Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles (1981-1983). She went from Brighton to the G.I.A , Los Angeles for further training in jewellery, where she obtained Diplomas in gemmology, jewellery design and jewellery fabrication (1982-1983).
After a few months working in New York, she returned to Europe and worked for Alexandre Réza, Swarovski and Boucheron in Paris and also Garrard and Mappin & Webb in London for whom she designed and organised Boutique collections including jewellery, watches, tabletops and fashion accessories: The "One one two" collection for Garrard and the "Sandrine's" collection for Mappin & Webb were both launched in 1989.
Established as an independent Designer in 1996, she works from Paris designing jewellery and luxury products mostly in crystal or silverware for a number of prestigious firms:
For Baccarat: The "Papyrus" ring, the "Volutes", and "Divine" collections, as well as the emblematic "Médicis" collection and its "Medicis POP" ring, Launched in 1997, this famous collection is still growing and being renewed to this day.
For Cristal Saint-Louis: The "Gladiateur" vases and the "Happy" collection.
For Christofle: The "Couture", "Lutin" and "Babylone" collections.
In February 2001, Sandrine Cohen took part in the exhibition "Le verre, des créateurs aux industriels français 1995-2000" at the Landowski Hall & Museum, Boulogne Billancourt and received the Visitors 1st prize for both her "Happy" drinking glass (Cristal Saint-Louis) and her "Médicis" ring (Baccarat).
From 2005, alongside her design work, Sandrine has been spending a big part of her time painting . Her "Poetic Abstractions" are made essentially on paper with watercolours or dry pastels, both often used in mixed medias.
"There is nothing conceptual about my paintings." Sandrine says. "They are a reflection of the dreams and fantasy which inhabit my imagination. They come alive in a very intuitive, spontaneous and lyrical way since I always work listening to music. Painting enables me to express other emotions than the ones which can be shown through Design."
"I had a marvelous time at Brighton Art School.
"Everybody was very nice and friendly to me, students and tutors were also very understanding with the basic English I had at the time which of course improved a lot through my stay. I was the only French student in the whole School apart from one in the Fine Arts Department and my class was the most international one with an American girl from Chicago, Lesley Miller, and myself.
"I remember my frustration and despair when I had my first Art History lecture. My tutor was Scottish and I just could not understand a word he was saying! At the end of the class, I went up to him to explain the problem. He burst out laughing and told me "Don't worry about it, dear! You are French and you don't understand me but the other students are British and they don't understand me either! Just follow the course in your textbook and write the required essays, it will be all right". I remember thinking that it was such a shame I could not follow his lectures because he seemed to be a very nice man with a great sense of humour.
"I was very privileged to have Caroline Broadhead as my jewellery tutor, she was always very supportive, whatever ideas I had, and she encouraged me to experiment with different metals and techniques. Under her supervision, I created a lot of jewellery with titanium, tantalum and forged steel often inlaid with silver and also with mokume, a very complex Japanese technique. Besides all the wonderful things I learned in the various workshops and the great atmosphere among the students, I specially enjoyed living and studying by the seaside, away from the big cities' pollution, even during storms!"