Patterning on the microscale: wearable jewellery objects

O'Hana, Sarah (2010) Patterning on the microscale: wearable jewellery objects. [Artefact]

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Abstract

Collaboration between the artist and material scientist

Exhibition Curator: Elisha Buttler/FORM
Exhibition Guest Curator: Kevin Murray
Exhibition venue and dates: April 9th to May 30th 2010, Midland Atelier, Perth
Can jewellery function as an instrument of change?

Jewellery is inherently appealing as an object. Frequently associated with status and beauty, a piece of jewellery can be iconic and convey overt messages regarding wealth, style, status. However, emerging trends in jewellery and related object design are beginning to challenge many customary ideas of jewellery, and instead, position it as an object which is not only functional but can exert degrees of change on the wearer – or viewer. These trends form the basis a FORM exhibition in development for 2010.

Concepts such as ‘functionality’ and ‘change’ are open to multiple interpretations. However for the initial purposes of this exhibition, they have been grouped into two key categories:

1. Function and Technology
This category includes jewellers and related designers who create products possessing tangible functions or new technologies which aim to deploy specific benefits to individuals and/or the broader community. Emphasis will be placed on designs that point to long-term benefits, rather than one-off, largely conceptual pieces.

2. Sociology and Symbolism
This category includes the less tangible elements of contemporary jewellery which have potential to alter perspectives and promote action through their symbolic connotations. Like the Function and Technology category, the underlying themes here are designs which focus on benefits and heightened social awareness for individuals and the broader community.

The exhibition will explore jewellery that fits into either (or both) of the above groups, while focusing on the varied levels of ‘change’ jewellery can wield; namely in the areas of health, technology, sciences and community.

This is a relatively new area of development but one which possesses immense potential for groundbreaking innovation and cross-disciplinary, cross-industry advancement. A central aim of the exhibition will be to highlight this potential for innovation and cross-sector collaboration through jewellery design, and the strategies, investment and other conditions required to foster these new directions.

Also key to the exhibition will be examinations of the crossovers between the two categories, and the relationships between aesthetics and practicality.

Jewellers featured in the exhibition are: Helena Bogucki, Otto von Busch, Sean O’Connell, Martina M. Dempf, Donna Franklin & Simone Hicks, Leah Heiss, Jessica Jubb, Rui Kikuchi, Erin Keys, Bethany Linton, Vicki Mason, Sarah O’Hana, Nikki Stott, Renee Ugazio, Jayne Wallace and Areta Wilkinson

Item Type:Artefact
Additional Information:Signs of Change: Jewellery designed to make a better world exhibition: FORM Gallery (Midland Aletier), Perth, Australia; 9 April – 30 May 2010
Keywords:art jewellery, patterning, laser, silver, titanium
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W720 Metal Crafts
W Creative Arts and Design > W721 Silversmithing/Goldsmithing
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
ID Code:3691
Deposited By: Rosaline Smith
Deposited On:25 Nov 2010 15:04
Last Modified:24 Jan 2014 12:59

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