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Boyd, Jonathan, 2017, Art or design object, Extending the Jeweller’s Studio

Abstract or Description:

As a person-centric art form I see jewellery as fertile ground for the exploration of personal themes and reflecting on our place in the world. Narrative/conceptual themes include English language, speech patterning, interdisciplinary approaches to jewellery, the overlooked/unnoticed, and topophilia (sense of place). A focus on the overlooked/unnoticed drives the ideas behind this research output.
In aiming to extend the performance of craft I find the jeweller’s bench as restrictive as it is romantic. These two projects, CONNECTED - a travelling exhibition organized by myself and group of European jewelers; and Bloomin Jewels - a major contemporary Jewellery exhibition at the CAA, were undertaken to broaden the possibilities for making beyond the bench. Using basic photogrammetry tools, I scanned assemblages made in specific locations using only found materials. This allowed me to make jewellery in reaction to a place immediately, to create jewellery through a less static bench focused process. The resulting digital meshes are turned into wearable items responding to flowers found in the same location. The production method was captured on film shown alongside the jewellery. Technical innovations within this output focus on pushing the limits of crafts practices in one off production.

These works were showcased at exhibitions in Copenhagen, Glasgow and Munich and separately at the show Bloomin’ Jewels at the CAA in London. One of the main works is now in a public collection in the USA.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W280 Interactive and Electronic Design
Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts
Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts > W720 Metal Crafts > W721 Silversmithing/Goldsmithing
Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts > W790 Crafts not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2018 09:26
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 15:49
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3382

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