In the loupe

Subscribe Series -  Zoe Robertson - image credit Image courtesy MARKmagazine.tv Photographer Justin Ridler

 image by MARKmagazine.tv Photographer Justin Ridler

I’m delighted that my Subscribe series is on show at Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery Gallery and in conjunction with Plymouth Art Weekender

Celebrating the director’s Victoria Sewart’s educational routes in contemporary jewellery ‘in the loupe’ brings together a vibrant collection of work created by artists, educators, researchers, and practitioners from The School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University and Plymouth College of Art and Design.

This eclectic mix of work on show spans the breadth of the jewellery discipline from commercial to contemporary, to handcrafted and digital technologies. These talented jewellers like to experiment with a variety of concepts, materials and processes and this exhibition showcases the diversity of this subject area.  They are united by their curiosity for experimentation which builds knowledge and expertise within a particular specialism. It’s this variety of individual directions which underpin the educational experience for students at both institutions which ultimately drives the field forward and feeds the innovation seen in our gallery today.

Each jeweller has an established their own unique voice and the eclectic mix of work on show ranges from hyper decorative excessive ornamentation of intricate details, to bold vibrant and colourful forms. Concepts that transform thoughts and feelings, to jewellery that shocks, jewellery that is interactive and invites playful encounter, to those experimenting with material alchemy, reinventing materials and exploring cutting edge digital technologies. All of which gives you a glimpse at what’s ‘in the loupe’

Exhibitors are Claire Price, Jo Pond, Anna Lorenz, Bridie Lander, Toni Mayner, Sally Collins, Dauvit Alexander, Rachael Colley, Andrew Howard, Sian Hindle, Beaulagh Brooks, Kate Thorley, Zoe Robertson, Maria Whetman, Fern Robinson, Sybella Buttress

 

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In the loupe is on show at

Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery Gallery & School,39 Southside Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2LE

In the loupe then travels to the School of Jewellery in November 2016

Private view Saturday 24th September 6-8pm  On until 23rd October 2016

JUNK:Rubbish to Gold

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I have been invited to participate JUNK: rubbish to gold and will be part of the performance on Thursday 12th November 2015

JUNK: rubbish to gold is a playful exploration of community economies (exchange, giving, bartering, gathering, earning, harvesting); putting on display the process of creating the ‘work of art’.

We will partner with charities, who will supply JUNK jewellery. During a public performance 50 jewellers will ‘gift’ their skills, (re)constructing pieces selected from a mountain of JUNK creating reimagined artworks for exhibition and then finally auction. The performance will be live-streamed on screens in the mac Birmingham and the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.

Reusing is often perceived as the up-cycling of one object to another, from unwanted to desired, consumer leftovers turned into new desirable luxury consumables to buy. This reuse is the cornerstone of jewellery as a discipline, with materials shifting form to adapt to the newest fashion and trend. Yet the reimagining of one object into another is infinitely more complex than it is often portrayed.

By putting on display the entire process of creating the ‘work-of-art’ within this project; from material purchase and collection, through selection and (re)construction during the performance, then exhibition and auction, we will playfully explore ideas of exchange, bartering, gathering, earning and giving, while shifting the focus from finished object to the processes and social interactions that create of the ‘work-of-art’.

Partnering charities will supply JUNK jewellery on account. Local businesses will provide tools and equipment. The School of Jewellery will provide a venue. Performers well-established and newly emerged will come to ‘gift’ skills in a performance which will be live-streamed. The resulting pieces will be exhibited and sold via a silent auction.

JUNK: rubbish to gold aims to foster and develop multilayered networks, challenging and extending jewellery as a discipline, expanding the art jewellery audience and deepening our understanding of the impact of the arts.

 

 

PERFORMANCE

Between the 9th-13th November 2015 a performance and installation will be held at the School of Jewellery during their 125th anniversary celebrations. This involved 30 jewellers from all over UK and beyond coming to the School to turn the JUNK jewellery on display into reimagined works of art. This will be live-streamed.

Monday 9.11 – Day 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U–__TLQc_c

Tuesday 10.11 – Day 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU3fkHBryPI

Wednesday 11.11 – Day 3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PvmjD_1soY

Thursday 12.11 – Day 4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYvdJSTGsfU

Friday 13.11 – Day 5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBhNFPSdKbE

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EXHIBITION

Following the performance between he 16th-27th of November 2015 the recreated jewellery objects will be displayed at the School of Jewellery as well as online at Crafthaus. Throughout this exhibition you will have the opportunity to bid on the jewellery via silent auction. Silent Auction HERE