Crafts Magazine Guide to COLLECT 2015 - page 40

Left:
Crossing Brooch
,
JackCunningham,
metal, precious
stones, aluminium,
wood, 2000 (showing
in I AMHERE)
Opposite:
Pentagonal
Brooch
, Giovanni
Corvaja (showing at
COLLECT with
AdrianSassoon)
Jewellery is andhas always beena signifier
of status, values and beliefs, although, it
is often assumed to be a demonstration of
thewealth of the donor or buyer. Itmarks
adolescence, marriage andwidowhood;
all since cave dwellers adorned
themselveswith feathers and seeds to
announce difference and belonging.
In the 1970s, contemporary jewellers
sought tomove away fromconventional
notions of preciousness that were
dependent on the use of valuablemetals
and gemstones, insteadmaintaining that
the ideas and concepts behind their
jewellery gave value andmeaning.
They considered themselves artists or
makers, rather than skilled artisans; their
workwas redefined not as jewellery,
but aswearable art.
Since its inception, the annual
Crafts Council showCOLLECT, has
been amagnet for collectors, students,
jewellers, teachers andmany interested
visitors. The exhibition has attracted
international galleries andmakers
particularly fromtheNetherlands.
‘COLLECThas been pivotal in creating
newcontacts and collectors formany
galleries,’ says DaniellaWells, the
show’s director.
Although there are no official figures,
‘anecdotally,’ saysWells, ‘ceramics and
jewellery seemto be themost popular
disciplines at the fair. The focus of
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CUNNINGHAMPHOTO:HEINISCHNEEBELI | STOFERPHOTO:JOHNMHAMMOND
Jewellery has always been hugely important toCOLLECT,
says Corinne Julius, and this year theCrafts Council will be
using the event to launch its newexhibition ‘I AM HERE’
Thehere&now
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