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FERROcity. A contemporary exhibition of Iron in the City in Beijing

Exhibition  /  TravellingExhibition  /  18 Oct 2019  -  28 Oct 2019
Published: 15.10.2019
Stephen Bottomley. Badge: Watcher(s), 2018. Enamelled steel re-cycled watch cases with 22K gold image.. Ø 4.2 x 0.6 cm. Photo by: Stephen Bottomley. Stephen Bottomley
Badge: Watcher(s), 2018
Enamelled steel re-cycled watch cases with 22K gold image.
Ø 4.2 x 0.6 cm
Photo by: Stephen Bottomley
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Intro
Vittoria Street Gallery presents an exhibition of jewellery and objects which celebrates Iron in the City and has been co-curated by visiting Professor Elizabeth Turrell and Professor Stephen Bottomley at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University.

Artist list

Dauvit Alexander, Marianne Anderson, Jivan Astfalck, Stephen Bottomley, Tim Carson, Rachael Colley, Bettina Dittlmann, Christine Graf, Joohee Han, Kirsten Haydon, Jeremy Hobbins, Michael Jank, Bridie Lander, Anna Lorenz, Drew Markou, Toni Mayner, Simone Nolden, Sarah O’Hana, Jo Pond, Jo Pudelko, Rebecca Steiner, Elizabeth Turrell
This exhibition brings together fascinating artistic responses to the theme of iron by twenty-two contemporary makers, including works by academic staff from Birmingham’s eminent School of Jewellery and invited international artists.
 
Iron is a material that has become synonymous with human life and civilisation and as such has become embedded in both our language and understanding of the world.
 
FERROcity showcases a breadth of approaches to this fascinating but familiar material. Ideas explore the interpretation and influence of Iron as catalyst, material, and fundamental element of life, culminating in contemporary metalwork and jewellery ranging from steel vessels to recycled iron nail jewellery. Alongside this gemmological samples and photography taken on specialist microscopes has been commissioned from the Gemmology department at the School of Jewellery which captures the transformative effect iron has on the colouration of gemstones.
 
The show opened in Germany at the Museum Reich der Kristalle, Mineralogical State Collection, Munich and runned in tandem with the city’s international jewellery fair Inhorgenta in February 2019 and International Jewellery Week and Schmuck exhibitions in March 2019. Then, it traveled to the Vittoria Street Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom in April 2019. Now it shows at Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, China.
 
Sarah O'Hana. Brooch: Obra VI, 2019. Silver, reclaimed wood with steel nail, polymer mineral, stainless steel.. 7 x 3.5 x 8 cm. Sarah O'Hana
Brooch: Obra VI, 2019
Silver, reclaimed wood with steel nail, polymer mineral, stainless steel.
7 x 3.5 x 8 cm
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Anna Lorenz. Object: Stages, 2019. Rusted steel.. 28 cm Ø. Anna Lorenz
Object: Stages, 2019
Rusted steel.
28 cm Ø
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Bettina Dittlmann. Brooch: Black Flower, 2018. Magnet, iron, fire scale.. Bettina Dittlmann
Brooch: Black Flower, 2018
Magnet, iron, fire scale.
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Joohee Han. Bracelet: Bubble, 2019. Stainless steel.. 12 x 12 x 15 cm. Photo by: Jonghwi Baek. Joohee Han
Bracelet: Bubble, 2019
Stainless steel.
12 x 12 x 15 cm
Photo by: Jonghwi Baek
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Rachael Colley. Necklace: Tongues + Ovoid Spoon, 2019. Mango stones, hematite (iron oxide) pigmented leather, hematite cabochon, iron, bamboo, stainless steel.
.  . 26 x 32 x 3.5 cm. Rachael Colley
Necklace: Tongues + Ovoid Spoon, 2019
Mango stones, hematite (iron oxide) pigmented leather, hematite cabochon, iron, bamboo, stainless steel.
 
26 x 32 x 3.5 cm
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Drew Markou. Object: Tower 2, 2019. Mild steel, jesmonite, nylon cord.. 5 x 5 x 4 cm. Drew Markou
Object: Tower 2, 2019
Mild steel, jesmonite, nylon cord.
5 x 5 x 4 cm
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