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2nd SKIN Cork Jewellery

Exhibition  /  15 Mar 2008  -  27 Apr 2008
Published: 14.03.2008
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design
Management:
Merike Alber
Kadri Mälk. Brooch: Golden Skin – Hands Up, Golden Skin – Hands Down, 2007. Natural cork, paint, gold leaf, onyx, silver. Kadri Mälk
Brooch: Golden Skin – Hands Up, Golden Skin – Hands Down, 2007
Natural cork, paint, gold leaf, onyx, silver
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Intro
(...) From an anthropological point of view, jewellery, being a second, temporary skin, is a social intermediary. It expresses identity and a person’s public image. Cork, a second skin from the cork oak, is the primary material used in this project to shape ideas. (...)
2nd SKIN Cork Jewellery project contributes to internationalizing a new image for cork.
The cork oak is a tree, native to the Mediterranean, with a strong symbolic presence in Portugal. Cork acts as a kind of consular service, like an ambassador for cross-border economic activities. Considering Portugal is one of the world’s top producers of cork, this material is like symbolic capital, generating international attention through production and its transformation.
Both the material itself and a few of the common products made from cork and associated activities express internal cohesiveness.
But identity based on cork in Portugal may be revitalized, achieving a new quality. We can foster a new image for cork based on the local material as it is harvested from the tree, or in the form of transformed products where cork is used in new ways thanks to technological solutions.
The involvement of jeweller-artists and designers can add even more value.
2nd SKIN Cork Jewellery project is based on a double meaning.
From an anthropological point of view, jewellery, being a second, temporary skin, is a social intermediary. It expresses identity and a person’s public image. Cork, a second skin from the cork oak, is the primary material used in this project to shape ideas.
The jewellery created in the 2nd SKIN project shows how these two senses, the social and the biological, can be related based on the interpretations of participants from different countries.

ESAD (Escola Superior de Artes e Design), Matosinhos, and DesignLocal, Santa Maria da Feira promoted and designed the 2nd SKIN Cork Jewellery project in Portugal.
The works of 28 participants are included in the travelling exhibition. 

Remarks

Before returning to Portugal, the exhibition will go to Gallery Ra, Amsterdam and Artesanía Catalunya, Barcelona.

Curators: Ana Campos, ESAD and João Real, DesignLocal 

Eija Mustonen. Brooch: Untitled, 2007. Textile cork, silver. Eija Mustonen
Brooch: Untitled, 2007
Textile cork, silver
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José Carlos Marques. Necklace: Square Root, 2007. Cork. José Carlos Marques
Necklace: Square Root, 2007
Cork
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Ramon Puig Cuyàs. Brooch: Corpus Architectae, 2007. Cork, silver, steel. Ramon Puig Cuyàs
Brooch: Corpus Architectae, 2007
Cork, silver, steel
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Leonor Hipólito. Pendant: Transplant. Stomach, 2007. Cork, polyester. Leonor Hipólito
Pendant: Transplant. Stomach, 2007
Cork, polyester
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Gisela Ribeiro. Necklace: Galáxia, 2007. Cork, silver, steel. Gisela Ribeiro
Necklace: Galáxia, 2007
Cork, silver, steel
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