From November to April, Jewellery Now is embellishing the Museum of London with the unique visions and creations of the capital’s most contemporary, artistic residents. The city of London is the source of inspiration for many emerging artists and this particular art form is no exception.
With low lighting and gleaming metalwork, experiencing this collection is much like taking a peek into a hidden world. Cabinets display creatures exposed in the darkness, from Duffy’s chunky snake skeleton, coiled up on a jet black rock; to a forest floor adorned with decorative silver beetles. Co-curated by Beatrice Behlen (Senior Curator of Fashion and Decorative Arts) and Agata Belcen (Fashion Editor of AnOther magazine), this exhibition showcase the very best contemporary jewellery Made in London.
“I like to take something that people wouldn’t normally look at and show them that it can be beautiful” – Frances Wadsworth-Jones
Tongue-in-cheek, quirky and undoubtedly created to encourage a giggle or two, Frances Wadsworth- Jones’ work is both wittily humourous and thought provoking. Inspired by the London pigeons, more specifically, what they leave on the pavements…. Her brooch collection ‘Heaven Sent’ certainly fulfils its brief.
“It was when I left Dior that I realised I wanted to create small personal sculptures that you take around with you. This led me to start my own label” – Jordan Askill
The most prestigious designer whose work is displayed within ‘Jewellery Now’, is Jordan Askill. With a background in the fashion design world, Jordan’s reputation grew during his time as a designer for Ksubi. After three years at Dior Homme, Askill’s creativity took on a different medium and with the help of 3D printing, he tried his hand at jewellery and sculpture. The work displayed in the exhibition combines a fusion of the two, evident in designs made with nylon, ceramic and resin.
Jordan’s fascination with movement can be seen in every piece, creating a visually stunning effect almost like stop frame animation, capturing every moment of the flight of a bird or the cantering of a horse.
“There is something talismanic about animals, especially the ones that I’m drawn to, which are always the ones that aren’t pretty; they have something more to them” – Rachel Boston
Designer Rachel Boston takes her inspiration from both the natural world, and the worlds of high fashion and culture. Manifesting themselves in the forms of scorpions, beetles and teeth; Rachel’s collections ’The Protector’ and ‘The Ritual’ are undeniably beautiful, her work evoking natural forms with a dark and rock n’roll edge.
With ideas springing from most unlikely places, the Made in London: Jewellery Now takes you on a journey; exploring the inspirations, creations and environments of seven exciting designers. Not one to be missed, this is an exhibition that throws fashion, fine art, humour and the macabre into the kiln and pulls out something rather extraordinary.
Made in London: Jewellery Now will be at Museum of London until 27th April 2014 museumoflondon.org.uk