Contemporary Jewellery and Body Adornment
‘Jewellery never fails to interest and fascinate… the act of wearing a piece…gives a feeling of uniqueness and power. While value and precious metal content is still a crucial factor… originality and alternative materials now fascinate us.’
Wearing Glass, ‘Contemporary Attitudes’, Yvonne Kulagowski, first published by 27fishes, 2005
Developments in technology over the last fifty years have allowed artists and jewellers to experiment with synthetic materials in jewellery. More recently however, the advances in glass production, equipment, and studio access have offered an opportunity for artists to explore the versatility of this magical, malleable material as a decorative element in body adornment. Consequently a tradition that dates back to Egyptian times is currently enjoying a worldwide renaissance.
Wearing Glass reflects this progress and presents a current overview of jewellery in which glass is the essential element. The exhibition challenges preconceptions of glass and jewellery and reveals high levels of creativity and technical achievement. The artists have created wearable and original, innovative works that are sensual, humorous and tactile.
Supported by National Glass Centre, the exhibition was first shown at the.gallery@oxo, Southbank, London, October 2005
Curated by Candice-Elena Evans and organised by 27fishes.
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