For this year’s London Design Festival (LDF), mint present “HomeWorks”: a selection of over 80 upcoming and established designers specially chosen for their individual and experimental craft touch.
Marta Mattsson is a UK graduate who is also participating in HomeWorks for LDF. Mattsson says that she sees beauty in things that other people find strange or are even repulsed by. Mattsson’s jewellery deals with the tension that lies between attraction and repulsion.
Mattsson takes seemingly inappropriate materials, making ordinary and familiar objects seem extraordinary and unfamiliar.
Märta Mattsson – brooch ‘Atlas beetle’ 2010 – Copper electroformed Atlas beetle, cubic zirconias, lacquer, silver
« Somebody once told me,”You make jewellery for children, not for adults”. And when I was a student in Tokyo the Japanese students in my class came up with a new word to describe my work. The word was KimoKawaii and it’s a combination of two words kawaii (cute) and kimoi (disgusting).
I make jewellery for adults but with a touch of inspiration from my childhood. When I was a child I played with stuffed animals, slugs and other living animals. I have always been drawn to both biology and art and in my work I am trying to combine my interests. Nature is a great source of inspiration but so is Pokemon…«
Mattsson takes seemingly inappropriate materials, making ordinary and familiar objects seem extraordinary and unfamiliar. here, brooch – reindeer skin, silver – 2010
« Rachel Colley is a UK graduate who is currently exhibiting at Mint for LDF. The methods Colley utilized within this body of work reference traditions in baking and the basic rustic knowledge that is passed effortlessly down the generations. »
« Colley’s intent was to instil a preciousness in the banal via its material transformation, as well as to utilise jewellery’s role as social signifier in order to challenge the public’s preconceived ideas of both the practice of craft and its aims. »
« The use of modified roast beef, biscuits, blood, jelly and pie was intended to correspond to cultural crossovers between the classes. This material displacement encourages a response in the viewer, initiating a visual dialogue. »
« Moo Piyasombatkul is also exhibiting at Mint as part of HomeWorks. Piyasombatkul believes that jewellery is body adornment that creates an impact and changes the way the wearer look. »
« The collection was inspired by “new antique” concept by Marcel Wanders. His theory is to give an old-fashioned material (vintage frame) with a dramatic and contemporary twist (monochrome white porcelain Baroque frame). The eyewear collection creates something unique and memorable with sophisticated sensibility. »
Piyasombatku chose to work with porcelain because of its purity of white and also porcelain is truly fragile, which is representing luxury, clean and delicacy.
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