‘Luck is believing you’re lucky.’
So does luck still have a place in modern life? Are there occasions when we can still wish someone ‘good luck’ without appearing to be nostalgic for a more mystical past? Does carrying a lucky charm that someone has given you make any real difference to your life?
How might charms demonstrate the things that really matter to us? What might be the role of jewellery as counterbalance to the quantification of friendship in online networks like Facebook?
Towards the exhibition Southern Charms is a series of workshops to explore how to reconnect with the tradition of ‘power jewellery’ such as charms, amulets and talismans. The workshops will explore the culture of fortune:
- its role in the history of the contemporary jewellery movement
- its ‘social design’ elements, such as gift-giving and care
- its potential in responding to the pressing demands in personal and public life
This workshop reviews the function of charms, particularly in jewellery, and considers their potential uses today. Participants will be able to develop new designs and test them out.
- Lucky charms do work, scientists conclude (telegraph.co.uk)