Jewellery Perspectives
mapping, research & design, 2016

Jewellery Perspectives: maker, client, material and world is a self-initiated long term project in collaboration with Evelien Bracke (curator,  BE). Jewellery is mostly presented and addressed as an autonomous object and portrayed without context, but jewellery is meant to be present in the real world. Underlying social, political and cultural processes for conceiving a jewel even if addressed often remain hidden. This project doesn’t necessarily focus on the jewel itself but is particularly interested in researching its renewed definition in today’s society, researching contemporary contexts and building new ones beyond the protective confines of the artisanal workshop.

The as-found and constructed contexts can be turned into production sites for renewed interactions through the process of defining jewellery. By going beyond current developments we aim to explore how jewellery can address societal issues or environmental dilemma’s, respond to contemporary contexts and reveal new and existing relations and networks. 

Could jewellery for example give geopolitical insights or even test or represent the shifting idea of Europe? Can jewellery take on a relevant role again in contemporary society? We consider the artistic process as important as the final result (object, jewel) and are aiming to open up and to make visible the complex processes of a designer working with a social context. 

The starters grant allows us to explore our research and design framework and understand how it can be translated into a longterm project format. By visiting 6 disciplines such as literature, architecture, film, science, history and economy we develop interventions, interviews and associative relations between makers, clients, materials and the world.

 

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Jewellery Perspectives
photos by Nastassja Bosch
supported by Creatieve Industries Fund NL

 

 

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bow web

‘Bow’, by Jewellery Perspectives

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What kind of new relations can we imagine between a maker and a client, between jewellery and architecture? What can be the role of the designer? These examples of new forms of jewellery are the results of the first design experiments testing the relational research and design method of the ‘Jewellery Perspectives’ project.

In this experiment, I took the position of the maker and agreed with a client to deliver several pieces of jewellery. By creating 5-minutes prototypes using her personal belongings within her own apartment, these jewellery interventions are a result of the designer, stepping into the life of the client and letting itself become vulnerable in a personal context.

 

 

 

crop book web

‘Necklace’, by Jewellery Perspectives

 

pearl web

‘Pearls’, by Jewellery Perspectives

 

crop seeds web

‘Necklace’, by Jewellery Perspectives

 

diamonds web

‘Diamonds’, by Jewellery Perspectives

 

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‘Headpiece’, by Jewellery Perspectives