Signs of Change

Below are details of the Signs of Change exhibition of functional jewellery

  • Exhibition Curator: Elisha Buttler/FORM
    Exhibition Guest Curator: Kevin Murray
    Exhibition venue and dates: April 9th to May 30th  2010, Midland Atelier, Perth

Can jewellery function as an instrument of change?

Jewellery is inherently appealing as an object. Frequently associated with status and beauty, a piece of jewellery can be iconic and convey overt messages regarding wealth, style, status. However, emerging trends in jewellery and related object design are beginning to challenge many customary ideas of jewellery, and instead, position it as an object which is not only functional but can exert degrees of change on the wearer – or viewer. These trends form the basis a FORM exhibition in development for 2010.

Concepts such as ‘functionality’ and ‘change’ are open to multiple interpretations. However for the initial purposes of this exhibition, they have been grouped into two key categories:

1. Function and Technology
This category includes jewellers and related designers who create products possessing tangible functions or new technologies which aim to deploy specific benefits to individuals and/or the broader community. Emphasis will be placed on designs that point to long-term benefits, rather than one-off, largely conceptual pieces.

2. Sociology and Symbolism
This category includes the less tangible elements of contemporary jewellery which have potential to alter perspectives and promote action through their symbolic connotations. Like the Function and Technology category, the underlying themes here are designs which focus on benefits and heightened social awareness for individuals and the broader community.

The exhibition will explore jewellery that fits into either (or both) of the above groups, while focusing on the varied levels of ‘change’ jewellery can wield; namely in the areas of health, technology, sciences and community.

This is a relatively new area of development but one which possesses immense potential for groundbreaking innovation and cross-disciplinary, cross-industry advancement. A central aim of the exhibition will be to highlight this potential for innovation and cross-sector collaboration through jewellery design, and the strategies, investment and other conditions required to foster these new directions.

Also key to the exhibition will be examinations of the crossovers between the two categories, and the relationships between aesthetics and practicality.

Jewellers featured in the exhibition are: Helena Bogucki, Otto von Busch, Sean O’Connell, Martina M. Dempf, Donna Franklin & Simone Hicks, Leah Heiss, Jessica Jubb, Rui Kikuchi, Erin Keys, Bethany Linton, Vicki Mason, Sarah O’Hana, Nikki Stott, Renee Ugazio, Jayne Wallace and Areta Wilkinson

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