A Bright Future
Much has changed since the first jewellery experiments with alternative materials in 1970s and 80s. The fashion houses, pop and media icons have helped make ‘non-precious’ acceptable and desirable. Current Art College/University tuition, the varied influences in our midst as we mix with other cultures, global travel and the World Wide Web have all had an enormous impact on today’s jewellery.
2000/2001 was a productive and exciting time for jewellers working in alternative metals and materials. When planning this exhibition it was felt appropriate to show recent graduates alongside established jewellers whose own work is on a constant state of change and development.
Resin and reflections, texture and depth pull the viewer down into Adam Paxon’s brooches and forms; creating these pieces with ease, he uses the acrylic’s qualities to yield the required result.
Kathie Murphy’s use of dyed nylon filament suspended in transparent resin, cast into matt opaque resin at varying angles, gives new depth and narrative to her brooches and pendants.
Angela O’Kelly is motivated by material – paper, its properties and possibilities. Thousands of punched-out shapes, strung together in a certain sequence create a whole, embracing the maxim ‘less is more’.
Wendy-Sarah Pacey has derived a method of fusing metal foil and Perspex to combine form, colour and detail. Her elements vary in shape and scale, using stainless steel to connect and attach to the wearer.
The body’s many and complex contours are explored with fervour, as are installation ideas and new view points on familiar subjects, in a totally professional manner by the twenty selected graduates. The choice of materials is diverse; ranging from old familiars such as nylon, paint and aluminium, and reaching extremes in sugar, concrete, latex and lampshade fringes!
This inspiration and motivation to explore, even expose material and technique is all part of an exciting journey waiting to be experienced.
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