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Goldmuseum Taipei - Metal Crafts Competition 2018.

Marion Delarue

Published: 08.03.2017
Marion Delarue. Necklace: Cracheh I, 2011 - 2013. Korean traditional natural lacquer, inner tube, gold powder. 11 x 34 x 22.5 cm. From series: Crachehs series. On model
. The cracheh is a traditional Korean headdress, which is both puzzling and unsettling. It is made of an enormous mass of plaited hair twisted in a gigantic bun. To wear such a headdress, a woman must use extra hairpieces that she will plait with her own. As I was working with the rubber of the empty inner tube and the hair, which appeared to me dull, limp and lifeless, I also had in mind the shiny, thick and bouncy hair reminiscent of traditional korean lacquer. The round shape of the inner tube depicts the bun, which appears to have no beginning and no end, whereas the valve is a reminder of the golden stick pins that Korean women love to put in their hair to set off their deep black colour.. Marion Delarue
Necklace: Cracheh I, 2011 - 2013
Korean traditional natural lacquer, inner tube, gold powder
11 x 34 x 22.5 cm
From series: Crachehs series

On model
The cracheh is a traditional Korean headdress, which is both puzzling and unsettling. It is made of an enormous mass of plaited hair twisted in a gigantic bun. To wear such a headdress, a woman must use extra hairpieces that she will plait with her own. As I was working with the rubber of the empty inner tube and the hair, which appeared to me dull, limp and lifeless, I also had in mind the shiny, thick and bouncy hair reminiscent of traditional korean lacquer. The round shape of the inner tube depicts the bun, which appears to have no beginning and no end, whereas the valve is a reminder of the golden stick pins that Korean women love to put in their hair to set off their deep black colour.

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Marion Delarue. Necklace: Cracheh I, 2011 - 2013. Korean traditional natural lacquer, inner tube, gold powder. 11 x 34 x 22.5 cm. From series: Crachehs series. Marion Delarue
Necklace: Cracheh I, 2011 - 2013
Korean traditional natural lacquer, inner tube, gold powder
11 x 34 x 22.5 cm
From series: Crachehs series
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Marion Delarue. Necklace: Agate Necklace, 2012 - 2013. Porcelain, glass, glaze & chamotte fused at high temperature and polished. 26 x 22 x 1 cmAgate Jewels series. From series: Agate Jewels series. On modelBy creating false agates, I can design geometrical shapes that cannot be found in nature, that can be worn directly without requiring any particular set or structure. The association of clay and glass seemed to me perfectly suited to my project since it allows me to recreate agates by imitating the natural process. Moreover, the clay brings to the piece the stability required to keep the pattern in place during the firing process and to keep the glass in place during its fusion, while the glass brings to the piece its shine and translucency. The ceramic and the glass thus blended also enable the feel and the weight of a natural agate. . Marion Delarue
Necklace: Agate Necklace, 2012 - 2013
Porcelain, glass, glaze & chamotte fused at high temperature and polished
26 x 22 x 1 cmAgate Jewels series
From series: Agate Jewels series

On model
By creating false agates, I can design geometrical shapes that cannot be found in nature, that can be worn directly without requiring any particular set or structure. The association of clay and glass seemed to me perfectly suited to my project since it allows me to recreate agates by imitating the natural process. Moreover, the clay brings to the piece the stability required to keep the pattern in place during the firing process and to keep the glass in place during its fusion, while the glass brings to the piece its shine and translucency. The ceramic and the glass thus blended also enable the feel and the weight of a natural agate. 
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Marion Delarue. Bracelet: Red Agate bracelet, 2012 - 2013. Porcelain, glass, glaze & chamotte fused at high temperature and polished. 10.1 x 10.1 x 0.5 cm.. From series: Agate Jewels series. Marion Delarue
Bracelet: Red Agate bracelet, 2012 - 2013
Porcelain, glass, glaze & chamotte fused at high temperature and polished
10.1 x 10.1 x 0.5 cm.
From series: Agate Jewels series
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Marion Delarue. Bracelet: Blue Agate bracelet, 2012 - 2013. Porcelain, glass, glaze & chamotte fused at high temperature and polished. 10.1 x 10.1 x 0.5 cm. From series: Agate Jewels series. Marion Delarue
Bracelet: Blue Agate bracelet, 2012 - 2013
Porcelain, glass, glaze & chamotte fused at high temperature and polished
10.1 x 10.1 x 0.5 cm
From series: Agate Jewels series
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Marion Delarue. Bracelet: Pink Agate bracelet, 2012 - 2013. Porcelain, glass, glaze & chamotte fused at high temperature and polished. 9.4 x 9.4 x 0.8 cm. From series: Agate Jewels series. Marion Delarue
Bracelet: Pink Agate bracelet, 2012 - 2013
Porcelain, glass, glaze & chamotte fused at high temperature and polished
9.4 x 9.4 x 0.8 cm
From series: Agate Jewels series
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Marion Delarue. Bracelet: Monsters for Company, 2013. Hand-modeled Korean black porcelain. 10 x 3 x 8 cm. In Korean mythologies, some creatures bring luck to the one who touches them, who runs into them, or even catches sight of them. The snake, when he shows signs of strangeness, is one of those: Indeed, he is then being considered as a dragon to-be. Made in South Korea during the Snake’s year, this «lucky charm-companions», «peculiar siamese friends » or «monsters for company» have to be worn together, on both of their owner’s wrists, in order for him to be « well-surrounded ». . Marion Delarue
Bracelet: Monsters for Company, 2013
Hand-modeled Korean black porcelain
10 x 3 x 8 cm
In Korean mythologies, some creatures bring luck to the one who touches them, who runs into them, or even catches sight of them. The snake, when he shows signs of strangeness, is one of those: Indeed, he is then being considered as a dragon to-be. Made in South Korea during the Snake’s year, this «lucky charm-companions», «peculiar siamese friends » or «monsters for company» have to be worn together, on both of their owner’s wrists, in order for him to be « well-surrounded ». 
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Marion Delarue. Piece: FengHuang, 2014 - 2015. Casted rice paper pulp, steel, silver, natural feathers (undyed) of crane, rooster, duck, peacock & pheasant. 11 x 7 x 0.3 cm. Collar fastening
. On model
. The Chinese traditional feather marquetry technic consists of fixing natural feathers (undyed ones only) to a support, one by one, with the help of a small brush and traditional glue made of animal and vegetal components. To make this collar fastening, I used FengHuang - a gracious and altruistic bird who brings quietude and good fortune to anyone who glimpses at him - as inspiration. In the Chinese mythology, the very symbolic description of this imaginary bird compares him, mostly, to five existing birds: the crane, the rooster, the duck, the peacock and the pheasant. It is also said that his plumage is made of the five colors that represent harmony: blue, red, yellow, green and white. This feather marquetry, giving a personal interpretation of the FengHuangs representation, has thus been created with natural feathers of those five birds in those five very colors. . Marion Delarue
Piece: FengHuang, 2014 - 2015
Casted rice paper pulp, steel, silver, natural feathers (undyed) of crane, rooster, duck, peacock & pheasant
11 x 7 x 0.3 cm

Collar fastening
On model
The Chinese traditional feather marquetry technic consists of fixing natural feathers (undyed ones only) to a support, one by one, with the help of a small brush and traditional glue made of animal and vegetal components. To make this collar fastening, I used FengHuang - a gracious and altruistic bird who brings quietude and good fortune to anyone who glimpses at him - as inspiration. In the Chinese mythology, the very symbolic description of this imaginary bird compares him, mostly, to five existing birds: the crane, the rooster, the duck, the peacock and the pheasant. It is also said that his plumage is made of the five colors that represent harmony: blue, red, yellow, green and white. This feather marquetry, giving a personal interpretation of the FengHuangs representation, has thus been created with natural feathers of those five birds in those five very colors. 

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Marion Delarue. Piece: FengHuang, 2014 - 2015. Casted rice paper pulp, steel, silver, natural feathers (undyed) of crane, rooster, duck, peacock & pheasant. 11 x 7 x 0.3 cm. Collar fastening
. front side. Marion Delarue
Piece: FengHuang, 2014 - 2015
Casted rice paper pulp, steel, silver, natural feathers (undyed) of crane, rooster, duck, peacock & pheasant
11 x 7 x 0.3 cm

Collar fastening
front side

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Marion Delarue. Piece: FengHuang, 2014 - 2015. Casted rice paper pulp, steel, silver, natural feathers (undyed) of crane, rooster, duck, peacock & pheasant. 11 x 7 x 0.3 cm. Collar fastening
. back side. Marion Delarue
Piece: FengHuang, 2014 - 2015
Casted rice paper pulp, steel, silver, natural feathers (undyed) of crane, rooster, duck, peacock & pheasant
11 x 7 x 0.3 cm

Collar fastening
back side

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Marion Delarue. Neckpiece: Exquisite Corpse, 2015. Casted & polished Korean pink porcelain, stringing elastic cord for articulated porcelain doll. 23 x 23 x 4 cm. Korean women are unaware of their natural beauty and often yield to doll-like stereotypes which invariably lead them to plastic surgery. They then become the plaything of some sadistic surgeons’ surreal fantasies, who nick, slice and gather their flesh, at their leisure. Imitating the “Exquisite Corpse” logic (invented by the Surrealists in the thirties), they create unreal assemblies which ressemble perfect dolls: Artificial, specious and distorted, they seem to be non-living objects, like adorable cadavers. This neckpiece’s technical process is therefore based upon the method specific to articulated porcelain dolls, but follows the rules of the “Exquisite Corpse” game. It has been created during a ceramic residency at the Clayarch Gimhae Museum, in South Korea. . Marion Delarue
Neckpiece: Exquisite Corpse, 2015
Casted & polished Korean pink porcelain, stringing elastic cord for articulated porcelain doll
23 x 23 x 4 cm
Korean women are unaware of their natural beauty and often yield to doll-like stereotypes which invariably lead them to plastic surgery. They then become the plaything of some sadistic surgeons’ surreal fantasies, who nick, slice and gather their flesh, at their leisure. Imitating the “Exquisite Corpse” logic (invented by the Surrealists in the thirties), they create unreal assemblies which ressemble perfect dolls: Artificial, specious and distorted, they seem to be non-living objects, like adorable cadavers. This neckpiece’s technical process is therefore based upon the method specific to articulated porcelain dolls, but follows the rules of the “Exquisite Corpse” game. It has been created during a ceramic residency at the Clayarch Gimhae Museum, in South Korea. 
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Marion Delarue. Brooch: Parrot Devotee I, 2015 - 2016. Silver, steel wire, rice paper pulp, natural (undyed) feathers of  pigeons, ducks & geese. 6.5 x 8.5 x 5 cm.. From series: Parrot Devotees series. A barnyard fowl swoons with admiration and jealousy over a parrot: the incredibly beautiful Bird enjoys a special intimacy with the master, whose shoulder he perches on to converse. In a will to pass themselves off as Him, turkeys, partridges, pigeons, peacocks, pheasants, ducks, chickens, geese, guinea fowls and quails organize themselves and put together their most beautiful feathers to recreate the illusion of His presence.. Marion Delarue
Brooch: Parrot Devotee I, 2015 - 2016
Silver, steel wire, rice paper pulp, natural (undyed) feathers of  pigeons, ducks & geese
6.5 x 8.5 x 5 cm.
From series: Parrot Devotees series
A barnyard fowl swoons with admiration and jealousy over a parrot: the incredibly beautiful Bird enjoys a special intimacy with the master, whose shoulder he perches on to converse. In a will to pass themselves off as Him, turkeys, partridges, pigeons, peacocks, pheasants, ducks, chickens, geese, guinea fowls and quails organize themselves and put together their most beautiful feathers to recreate the illusion of His presence.
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Intro
Marion Delarue lives and works in Paris, France. She joins the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg in 2006 and takes off for South Korea in 2010 where she studies ceramic, glass and Korean natural lacquer during an exchange student. She obtains her Contemporary jewelry Master in 2011 and then leaves in Estonia for a post-graduate year, studying ceramic, wood and leather craft in the Estonian Academy of Arts, at Tallinn. Fascinated my traditional Asian techniques, Marion participates in various artist-in-residencies and research projects in Korea, China, Japan and Taïwan. 

Statement

My work is mainly based on the notion of wearable objects.
Because I do not favour any particular material, I am keen on choosing for each project the most appropriate material and developing its properties as much as possible.
Fascinated by highly developed techniques, that I use in a traditional or experimental way, I strive to bring together traditional savoir-faire and contemporaneity; hand-crafted techniques and critical thinking. 

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2018:
Fair  07 Mar 2018 - 13 Mar 2018  Schmuck 2018.
2017:
Exhibition  19 May 2017 - 05 Nov 2017  Medusa, bijoux et tabous.
Paris Modern Art Museum, France.
Exhibition  19 May 2017 - 05 Nov 2017  Medusa Bijoux et tabous.
Exhibition  22 Apr 2017 - 28 May 2017  Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale.
World Ceramic Center, Icheon, South Korea. 
Exhibition  07 Apr 2017 - 06 May 2017  BKV Prize 2017 for Young Applied Arts.
Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein Gallery, Munich, Germany.
Fair  08 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017  Schmuck 2017.
Award  08 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017  BKV Prize for Young Applied Arts.
IHM, Munich, Germany. 
2016:
Meeting  10 Nov 2016 - 16 Jan 2017  Triple Parade 2016.
Exhibition  24 Feb 2016 - 01 Mar 2016  Test Drive. Traveling exhibition. 7 Days, 4 Venues.
2015:
Open call  02 Oct 2015 - 16 Oct 2015  Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial 2015.
Award  29 Aug 2015 - 04 Oct 2015  Cominelli Foundation Award 2015.
2014:
Exhibition  24 Oct 2014 - 28 Dec 2014  European Triennial for Contemporary Jewellery.
2013:
Exhibition  06 Sep 2013 - 06 Oct 2013  Play for Display.

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Catalogue:  Preziosa contemporary jewelry. LAO publishing:  Italy,  2017
Catalogue:  Schmuck 2017. IHM:  Germany,  2017
Catalogue:  Tales from the toolbox. Crafthaus publishing:  USA,  2017
Book:  The Cast book. Schiffer Publishing:  USA,  2017
Book:  New Necklaces: 400+ Contemporary Designs. Nicolas Estrada.  Promopress:  United Kingdom,  2016
Catalogue:  Madame est servie. World Craft Council gallery:  Belgium,  2015
Catalogue:  59th Faenza Prize. the International Museum of Ceramics:  Italy,  2015
Catalogue:  Future Now, Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2015. Aesthetica Publishing:  UK,  2015
Book:  1000 Beads. Lark Jewelry & Beading Publishers:  USA,  2014
Catalogue:  European Triennial of Contemporary Jewellery. Belgium,  2014
Catalogue:  Emerge prize 2014. Bullseye Gallery:  USA,  2014
Catalogue:  4th International Triennial of Silicate Arts. Kecskemét:  HUngary,  2014
Catalogue:  Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass 2014. European Museum of Modern Glass:  Germany,  2014
Catalogue:  European Glass Experience. Murano Glass Museum:  Italy,  2014
Catalogue:  Dans la ligne de mire. National Museum of Decorative Arts:  France,  2013
Catalogue:  Ecrits, Mythes et Légendes, 17e International Biennial event of Contemporary Ceramic. France,  2013
Book:  Showcase 500 art necklaces. Lark Jewelry & Beading Publishers:  USA,  2013
Catalogue:  Cluj International Ceramics Biennale 2013. Cluj-Napoca Art Museum:  Romania,  2013
Book:  Jewelbook. International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art 12/13. Van Damme, Jaak.  Stichting Kunstboek:  Oostkamp,  2012
Catalogue:  Annual Marzee Selection of Graduate Work Jewellery. Marzee Gallery:  The Netherlands,  2011
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