Current Obsession Magazine #5

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Published: 02.11.2016
Current Obsession Magazine #5.
Marina Elenskaya, Sarah Mesritz
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Sarah Mesritz and Marina Elenskaya
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78 pages, full colour images, text in English, 24 x 33 cm
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As a jewellery magazine, choosing vernacular as a subject had a lot to do with reminding ourselves of the incredible potential that lies in wordless worn communication - authenticity, relevance, immediacy and a need for both wearing and making. To transmit messages of today, jewellery that is made now needs to be relevant. Aesthetically, formally, conceptually it needs to come out of real urgency… and yes, the street, the things we see on TV and Instagram, the things that are on our minds. Today.
Every day we choose to wear jewellery. We stand in front of the mirror and pick up the one piece we know will work with that particular outfit, the occasion, the message we want to send out into the world. Every morning we choose to make a statement... without words. This subtle system of communication, known as jewellery, has been used for centuries, and is being used today, at this moment, right now.
Every type of jewellery is like a part of speech, and it translates differently on the body. A ring is always in action, constantly seen by the wearer and observed by others from all sides; it sets a perfect scene for discussions of status and belonging. Earrings hang intimately close to the sensual areas of the neck; they frame the face and act as an extra pair of eyes for an interlocutor. A brooch faces outward, looking in the same direction as the wearer; it's a painting, a poster, a propaganda flyer, and an ultimate symbol of display. Badges [Badge Taste p. 45] or buttons [Volker Atrops p. 60] could be considered just about the most direct and DIY methods of placing an image or a word on the body. Clipping in a picture from a daily newspaper or squeezing in a bag of Heinz ketchup communicates the mundane with a twist of humour, beauty and poetry.
Rare and unique stones, locks of hair, lover’s tears, symbols and abstractions, materials originating from certain places, associated with certain powers, historically comprised the language of jewellery. Today’s milieu adds popular culture and hip-hop references [Göran Kling p. 5] to this complex vocabulary, emancipating jewellery from its elitist status. Tested by time and changing contexts, these dialects are grounded and defined, yet they remain fluid, allowing new influences to seep through. Immediacy is crucial in the way language reflects the changes in the socio-economic circumstances around us [Nora Turato p.30]. Jewellery has the means to match that, and in few rare cases predict the future by challenging the preconceived relationships between adornment and beautification [Girls With Big Ears p.40].

_ The Way Of The Future, Göran Kling
_ Featured Photography, Senta Simonds
_ Statement Piece, Nora Turato
_ Editorial Photography, Peggy Kuiper & Ioia
_ Currently Obsessed With, Happy Day By Julia Walter
_ Travel, Tokyo
_ Interview, Volker Atrops
_ Statement Piece, Rottingdean Bazaar
The Way Of The Future, Göran Kling.
The Way Of The Future, Göran Kling

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Featured Photography, Senta Simonds.
Featured Photography, Senta Simonds

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Travel, Tokyo.
Travel, Tokyo

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Interview, Volker Atrops.
Interview, Volker Atrops

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