Nuntaka Nopkhun

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Jewellery defined by its sensorial, tactile and visual qualities that aims to be sensually pleasing to the touch, but at the same time gently disturbing in context and form

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Ted Noten

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Ted Noten’s pork chop bag is quite gross. The fat on the meat is very evident and the resin manages to catch all the curves and crevices, accentuating the ugly qualities. I like that he makes womens’ handbags transparent so everyone can see what secrets she keeps inside.

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Noten encouraged gallery visitors to punch a clay punching bag and to his surprise the imprints of their knuckles were so deep and defined that the rings of the participants were detailed in the work. I am drawn to this experiment because it is so very original and the act of participation added an unforeseen, personal element to the work that comes back to jewellery.

Masumi Kataoka

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Masumi Kataoka makes jewellery that resembles animal intestines. They represent the metaphorical home of our emotions which can sometimes be over the top and ugly. Kataoka’s work is beautifully simple and though still grotesque, the use of animal innards draws the viewer in.

When I thought more about the statement ‘we are not made of glass’, I considered ways of creating exposed organs to highlight the strength and importance of our protective layer. I came across Kataoka’s intestine series which encouraged me to keep my focus on bruises as the paths seemed too similar.

Megan Mitchell

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These adornments by Megan Mitchell are so innovative. I like the juxtaposition of jewels and sequins as open wounds, this gives beauty to the gashes and scabs that, with the real thing, would usually be ignored. I classify the pieces as wearable art as they are heavily conceptual and quite impractical. I am having trouble finding information on her work, but I can gather that Mitchell’s ideals are very similar to my own. Ideals of portraying the grotesque in a beautiful light, giving the viewer a new perspective on the ‘ugly’ and hopefully then encouraging them to see the beauty in the typically undesirable.

 

Find more images from Megan Mitchell’s series of wound adornment here – http://megjmitchell.tumblr.com/

Iris Eichenberg

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Iris Eichenberg’s works jumped out at me as soon as I came across them. Her colour palette is very similar to what I like to experiment with and for the past year I have worked with polymer clay using similar techniques to her. I am always so motivated to get into the studio and start making after I see Eichenberg’s works.

“… trying to find a balance; contradicting materials like fleshy pink plastic and gold, copper-plated silver, wool, and rose-quartz, girly ribbons, panty-hose and beads. Sexy and repulsive at the same time- you need to touch them- wear them and they transform… being placed on the body they melt into the clothes and the body at the same time… they long for a body but also long for the person standing in front of you, triggering the voyeur in the other”

Iris Eichenberg, http://www.iriseichenberg.nl/eichenberg.html

Sam Tho Duong

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“Ginger is a collection inspired by an exploration of my family roots. I am from Vietnam though I have lived in Germany since I was a teenager. Ginger has many special properties. Its intense aroma is used to enhance flavours in food and drinks and also for healing. I work with the basic root formation and then develop this through the use of colour and stones.” http://www.wearableartblog.com/my_weblog/2009/07/sam-tho-duong.html

Sam Tho Duong pierced nails into dried up ginger- I find that repetition is always effective in jewellery, along with the corpse-like appearance of the ginger.