Making a statement with jewellery isn’t always about precious metals and gemstones. Aisha gives us her take on this exciting discipline.
Jewellery is the one part of an outfit that truly represents a snippet of our character. Accessories such as shoes, bags, hats, sunglasses, even umbrellas serve a practical and functional purpose before a fashionable aesthetic is considered. However jewellery, lets face it, is not a necessity. For that reason, jewellery, for me, expresses a true sense of self. Even the choice to wear no jewellery is a strong statement.
Like our personalities the reasons we wear jewellery are diverse.
“This could be for ethical or political reasons; for status, as an act of symbolism or for sentimental value. Or maybe it’s about certain materials that we like or are more durable than others.”
For me, jewellery design is an art form with only one limitation: jewellery is not jewellery unless it can be worn. But how it is worn- those possibilities are endless!
I’d like to introduce you to some up-and-coming designers who have approached jewellery design in un-conventional ways. Find out what they have to say about the ideas behind their projects.
Credit: ‘Wear what you waste.’ Film produced by Callum Pepper.
“My collection 'Wear what you Waste' is made from a variety of household packaging that has been deconstructed from its original form and disguised as items of luxury. Through craftsmanship, I have transformed these mundane materials into valuable objects of desire; aiming to challenge the viewer's perception of what they deem as 'waste.'” One man's trash is another man's treasure. Parker has used materials that could be considered as rubbish and created fashionable pieces of jewellery. Her work questions what is precious and what does ‘precious’ really mean?