Junk: rubbish to gold

Exhibition  /  09 Nov 2015  -  27 Nov 2015
Published: 28.06.2015

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Coming Soon! Dont forget to drop by the School of Jewellery; or log onto the live-stream between the 9th-13th of November to see the project in action! All items made during the project will be auctioned during the exhibition with the final date for internet and in person bids the 27th of November.
JUNK: rubbish to gold launches at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham, UK on the 9th of November 2015.
For one week (9th-13th November) up to 30 jewellers and makers will come and give their time and skill to transform a massive pile of discarded JUNK jewellery into reimagined and recreated ‘objects of desire’, in a live ‘making’ performance all with the involvement of the audience.
JUNK: rubbish to gold is a co-created and collaborative project between Jivan Astfalck, Laura Bradshaw-Heap and Rachel Darbourne. The team have been collecting broken, discarded JUNK jewellery from partnering charities and their charity shops for many months and have now collected over 700kgs.
The performance will be live streamed for those who can not make it in person. Information on how to view this will appear on our Facebook page closer to the time.
This will be followed by an exhibition of the reimagined works of art at the School of Jewellery from 16th-27th November. This exhibition will run as a digital exhibition in parallel to the physical exhibition on the art jewellery platform
Throughout the exhibition YOU will have the opportunity to bid for a piece of reimagined work via silent auction, in person or via our Facebook page. Keep an eye out for more details coming soon, you don’t want to miss it! A percentage of the proceeds will be returned to our partnering charities in proportion to the weight of their jewellery donations to the project.

So why are we doing this?
JUNK: rubbish to gold seeks to put the entire process of creating the ‘work of art’ on display, from material selection to (re)construction, the focus shifted from the object to the social interactions that usually hide behind it. The performance is a playful exploration of ideas of community economies and activities of exchange, bartering, gathering, earning, harvesting and giving.
When we think of re-using, we imagine the up-cycling of consumer leftovers into a new and desirable luxury and consumable. Recycling sees conversion of one object to another, ideally from unwanted to desired, but mostly in terms of new consumer product ready to buy. We see the before and the after – what that object was, what it has now become.
Indeed within jewellery this form of re-use has been the cornerstone of the discipline, as precious metals are re-melted and reformed and gemstones retrieved and reset, materials shift form to adapt to the newest fashion and trends. Yet the re-imagining of one object into another is usually infinitely more complex then it is often portrayed. It is more than an object before and after. This junk jewellery, now a rich source of material awaiting a new life was itself once material re-imagined.
And as boundaries between material and object are blurred, this project seeks to put on display this re-imagining and how it arises out of a myriad of complex intentions and social interactions, from gathering, selection and (re)construction.
JUNK: rubbish to gold aims to demonstrate that creativity does not come from expensive or ‘high-tech’ materials and tools, but rather from the ability to work with material and turn it into something else, enabling us to express ourselves through what we create. We aim to emphasis this through the performance; each performer will demonstrate that it is their time and skills that creatively transforms this JUNK.
Through sharing and putting on display creative processes, we believe we can evidence that value is to be found in the creative processes rather than the monitory value of materials alone.
lank">Facebook page. Keep an eye out for more details coming soon, you don’t want to miss it! A percentage of the proceeds will be returned to our partnering charities in proportion to the weight of their jewellery donations to the project.

Participating Jewellers and Makers:
Dauvit Alexander, Farrah Al-Dujaili, Karin Roy Andersson, Francesca Antonello, Kate Bajic, Suzanne Beautyman, Laura Bradshaw-Heap, Laura Brannon, Imogen Clarkstone, Sally Collins, Lana Crabb, Rachel Darbourne, Rob Goldsworthy, Nanna Gronborg, Michele Hankins, Maria Hanson, Susanne Holzinger, Mia Malijojoki, Kathryn Marchbank, Drew Markou, Toni Mayner, Jillian Moore, Jo Pond, Mah Rana, Zoe RobertsonNatalie Smith, Milena Vizuete-Courtes

Graphics are by Panjapol Kulpapangkorn.


Performance: 9th-13th November
Exhibition: 16th-27th November - 9.30am - 4.30pm
Silent Auction: 27th November
Closing Party: 27th November - 6pm - 8pm
Poster by Panjapol Kulpapangkorn.
Poster by Panjapol Kulpapangkorn

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Photograph by Rod Gonzalez.
Photograph by Rod Gonzalez

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Photography by Rod Gonzalez.
Photography by Rod Gonzalez

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