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Architectonics: Foundations in Jewellery

Exhibition  /  05 Sep 2007  -  07 Oct 2007
Published: 23.08.2007
Architectonics: Foundations in Jewellery.
Velvet da Vinci
Management:
Mike Holmes and Elizabeth Shypertt
Rachel Hearne. Bracelet: The Lowry Centre, 2006. Tagua nut (vegetable ivory), shibuishi. Rachel Hearne
Bracelet: The Lowry Centre, 2006
Tagua nut (vegetable ivory), shibuishi
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Intro
A study of architecture through contemporary jewelry. Ten of Manchester's best jewelers have created unique jewelry inspired directly by themes and aesthetics taken from existing buildings or structures in Manchester.

"Architectonics: Foundations in Jewellery" a Manchester Jewellers Network Exhibition, is an
exhibition inspired by Manchester's unique architecture. The exhibition highlights Manchester's
regeneration development boom that is currently changing the face of Manchester and its
thriving art jewelry scene.

Architecture and jewelry can be seen as a document of human history through which we can
examine ourselves. By looking at the buildings people create and how they adorn themselves,
we have greater insight into what they value and how they live.

Architectonics, by definition, is the scientific study of architecture or things relating to
architecture. "Architectonics: Foundations in Jewellery," therefore is a study of architecture
through contemporary jewelry. The work created in this exhibition is inspired directly by themes
and aesthetics taken from existing buildings or structures in Manchester. Inspired by
architecture the artists are challenging our ideas of jewelry and, conversely, architecture.

One artist, Rachel Hearne, uses tagua nut in her work, drawing on the history of the Lowry Center
Site where tongau nuts were used as spools for the textile industry. Where as traditionally
jewelry symbolizes wealth and status, the use of alternative materials in this exhibit shifts ideas
of adornment to concepts of work. 


Martin Rees: Gateway Transport Interchange
Tara Kirkpatrick: B of the Bang
Colette Hazelwood: Manchester Guardian
Underground Tunnels
Eddie Grundy: Manchester Town Hall
Toby Cotterill: Castlefield Railway Viaduct
Samantha Mills: Daily Express Building
Lisa Thornton: City of Manchester Stadium
Rachel Hearne: The Lowry Centre
Melissa Hansom: Manchester Royal Exchange
Heather Skowood: Strangeways Prison



Exhibition Co-ordinator: Samantha Mills
Exhibition Concept: Heather Skowood

Remarks


All photography by Jonathan Keenan Photography



"Relief" is a collaborative sculpture by Karen Gilbert and Paul Pavlak. The artists have taken
everyday product packaging and cast them in cement making the positive image. The casting of
these forms creates historic markers of this specific moment in time when we begin to question
ideas of waste, consumption, production, and environment.

Karen Gilbert is a critically acclaimed art jeweler. She has exhibited in galleries and museums
across the country and is widely published. She is often presented at such distinctive shows as
the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Her work is in
numerous private collections as a sought after art jeweler. Paul Pavlak earned his BA from the
College of Design at the University of Minnesota. He has worked on such prestigious projects as
residences in the Egyptian desert and New York nightclub design. 

Martin Rees. Ring: Gateway Transport Interchange, 2006. Gold, steel. Martin Rees
Ring: Gateway Transport Interchange, 2006
Gold, steel
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Rachel Hearne
. Bracelet: The Lowry Centre, 2006
. Tagua nut (vegetable ivory), shibuishi.
Rachel Hearne
Bracelet: The Lowry Centre, 2006
Tagua nut (vegetable ivory), shibuishi

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Colette Hazelwood. Brooch: Manchester Guardian Underground Tunnels, 2006. (Oxidised) silver, steel, nylon and concrete. Colette Hazelwood
Brooch: Manchester Guardian Underground Tunnels, 2006
(Oxidised) silver, steel, nylon and concrete
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Samantha Mills. Bracelet: Daily Express Building, 2006. Stainless steel, laser etching. Samantha Mills
Bracelet: Daily Express Building, 2006
Stainless steel, laser etching
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Lisa Thornton. Necklace: City of Manchester Stadium, 2006. Gold, silver. Lisa Thornton
Necklace: City of Manchester Stadium, 2006
Gold, silver
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Heather Skowood. Ring: Strangeways Prison, 2006. Silver, pearls. Heather Skowood
Ring: Strangeways Prison, 2006
Silver, pearls
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