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2nd SKIN Cork Jewellery

Exhibition  /  31 May 2008  -  28 Jun 2008
Published: 06.06.2008
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
(...) Jewellery as a second skin of people and cork as a second skin of the cork oak are here drawn together, and this has led to new uses for this natural material, of which Portugal is the world’s largest producer. (...)
2nd Skin/Cork Jewellery is a project initiated by two Portuguese institutes, Design Local and esad, Escola Superior de Artes e Design. Jewellery as a second skin of people and cork as a second skin of the cork oak are here drawn together, and this has led to new uses for this natural material, of which Portugal is the world’s largest producer. Texture, colour and form as well as the tactile and insulation features of cork have inspired jewellery designers from diverse countries to contribute to the collection, which is on show at Galerie Ra during the month of June.

My own experience with cork was an additional reason for bringing this collection to Amsterdam. In 1975 I made cork bracelets and in 1985 produced a collection of necklaces and dishes. The search for new unusual materials for jewellery was all part of the unrestrained, experimental urge that typified the nineteen seventies and eighties. And as the exhibition 2nd Skin/Cork Jewellery shows, the interaction between an unusual material and the creative spirit continues to produce exciting results. 

Paul Derrez

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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