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Making Treasure

Exhibition  /  13 Sep 2010  -  22 Sep 2010
Published: 20.08.2010
Birmingham City University
Management:
Jivan Astfalck
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Intro
(...) The exhibition is the culmination of the intensive one-year long course taught at the renowned School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University. The international group of makers join together to present new and original work that pushes conventional boundaries that co-exist within sculpture, fashion and fine art. (...)
Fantastical edible creations, modern re-interpretations of historical decorative arts, rubber glove garments and wearable drawings, a selection of what will be showcased at Making Treasure, the MA Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products graduate exhibition opening on September 13th.

The exhibition is the culmination of the intensive one-year long course taught at the renowned School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University.

The international group of makers join together to present new and original work that pushes conventional boundaries that co-exist within sculpture, fashion and fine art. The work exhibited challenges preconceived ideas of what jewellery and objects can be in form, material, function and scale whilst displaying individual aesthetics, design methodologies and artistic points.

Statement

Not only is perception of ourselves, of others and the world around us, a source of inspiration, it also invites us into an active and dynamic engagement, which is deeply related to the things we make. Considerations of sculptural form, composition, material, function and aesthetics are enhanced by contemplations of meaning, emotional investments and intellectual content.

The creative work of the makers in this exhibition address aspects of the most vital issues in contemporary applied arts; in their questioning of established ideas of what constitutes adornment, how decoration should be defined and executed, these works engage the eye and the mind simultaneously. They appeal to the intellect, whilst eliciting an instantaneous sensual reaction of pleasure, a desire to touch, hold, use and wear.

MA Jewellery, Silversmithing & Related Products is the overall title of the course. This is however a very limited and traditional description when one considers the wide variety of products that are within the province of the designer who has knowledge and expertise in the area of personal ornaments, body signification and decorative metal objects. The variety of materials, manufacturing techniques and processes available to an artist or designer in this field is far larger and of much greater potential than is indicated by the term ‘jewellery and silversmithing’ and has some affinities with industrial design, fashion design, fine art and sculpture and is often informed by intellectual engagements like general philosophy, conceptualisation or critical theory.

Our course philosophy addresses the existing and potential relationships within this sector, and educates its students to recognize, identify, understand and operate within this diversity. The philosophy of the course is embodied within a structured project programme that requires students to address vocational and academic research in design by applying their developing abilities and interests to a wide range of issues. Design experiences include ideas generation focused through strategies for concept development, the analysis of design problems and reflection on the relationships between personal objectives, cultural values, market identities, prototyping techniques and new technologies, thus enhancing knowledge and understanding, as well as facilitating the formation of professional studio methodologies.

Professor Jivan Astfalck, PhD

Remarks

Private View: Saturday 11th September 2010, 6.00pm-8.00pm

Open: Mon 13th-Wed 22nd September 2010, 9.00am-5.00pm
Closed Sat/Sun
Ningrui Zhou. Piece: Untitled, 2010. Mixed media. Ningrui Zhou
Piece: Untitled, 2010
Mixed media
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Xiaorui Zhang. Necklace: Untitled, 2010. Deyed rubber gloves, 14ct plated gold. Xiaorui Zhang
Necklace: Untitled, 2010
Deyed rubber gloves, 14ct plated gold
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Li-Chu Wu. Pendant: Untitled, 2010. Paper. Li-Chu Wu
Pendant: Untitled, 2010
Paper
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Miriam Rowe. Brooch: Wallpaper, 2010. Plaster, copper, brass. Miriam Rowe
Brooch: Wallpaper, 2010
Plaster, copper, brass
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Natalie Smith. Brooch: Luminous Caverns, 2010. Mixed media. Natalie Smith
Brooch: Luminous Caverns, 2010
Mixed media
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Laura Brannon. Brooch: Down the Drain, 2010. Foam, rubber, ready-mades. Laura Brannon
Brooch: Down the Drain, 2010
Foam, rubber, ready-mades
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Hsiang-Ling Lu. Necklace: Untitled, 2010. Mixed media. Hsiang-Ling Lu
Necklace: Untitled, 2010
Mixed media
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Yi Liu. Brooch: Untitled 2, 2010. Transfer, plaster, electroforming. Yi Liu
Brooch: Untitled 2, 2010
Transfer, plaster, electroforming
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Yu-Ching Huang. Necklace: Untitled, 2010. Mixed media. Yu-Ching Huang
Necklace: Untitled, 2010
Mixed media
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Yuhan Ye. Pendant: Untitled, 2010. Mixed media. Yuhan Ye
Pendant: Untitled, 2010
Mixed media
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Yilei Li. Necklace: Untitled, 2010. Copper wire, spray paint. Yilei Li
Necklace: Untitled, 2010
Copper wire, spray paint
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Suchanan Chinanuvathana. Bracelet: Untitkled, 2010. Mixed media. Suchanan Chinanuvathana
Bracelet: Untitkled, 2010
Mixed media
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Farrah Al-Dujaili. Necklace: Untitled, 2010. Copper, spray paint, acrylic paint, pastels, watercolour pencils, paper. Farrah Al-Dujaili
Necklace: Untitled, 2010
Copper, spray paint, acrylic paint, pastels, watercolour pencils, paper
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Yu Ping Lin. Piece: Inherence in Nature: 1: Inspired by blooms, 2010. Mixed media. Yu Ping Lin
Piece: Inherence in Nature: 1: Inspired by blooms, 2010
Mixed media
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Simon Pattinson. Piece: Untitled, 2010. Ceramic. Simon Pattinson
Piece: Untitled, 2010
Ceramic
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