Crafts Magazine Guide to COLLECT 2015 - page 44

Council’s Collection of work, started in
1972. Acquisitions for theCollection are
selectedby apanel ofmakers, curators and
critics togive a snapshot of thepinnacles
ofmaking byUK-based practitioners.
The selection criteria include recording
significant developments in amaker’s
practice, a specific time in craft practice
and the documentation of trends and
innovation inthematerials, processes,
skills and technologies of contemporary
craft. It includeswork by themost
eminent of UK-based jewellers, especially
thosewho have changed the course of
British jewellery development, such as
Wendy Ramshaw andDavidWatkins,
Caroline Broadhead, Gerda Flöckinger,
Naomi Filmer, DavidPoston, Elizabeth
Callinicos andDorothyHogg.
For COLLECT, the I AMHERE
previewwill focus on the 1970s, the
start of the studio jewellerymovement,
together withmore recent pieces byUK
and international makers, the latter via
loans fromMiddlesbrough Institute of
ModernArt (mima) with its outstanding
contemporary collection, which includes
work by TedNoten, Gijs Bakker, Karl
Fritsch, OttoKünzli and Felieke van
der Leest, aswell as loans fromGalerie
Marzee’s artists and the owner, Marie-
José VanDenHout’s personal collection.
Campbell explains that the title is from
a statement by the anthropologist Ted
Polhemus inhis 2007 essay commissioned
by theCrafts Council for the Jerwood
AppliedArts Prize: ‘Lost in an increasingly
undifferentiated, homogenised global
universe, we urgently need visual
adjectiveswhich proclaim ‘I amhere’.
Out of such visual meaningmay…come
connection.’
Contemporary jewellery is about
ideas, rather than preciousness and
the display of wealth. It could be argued
however, that it is about the flaunting of
difference, even a perceived intellectual
superiority. It wants to be noticed and
formakers’ ideas to gain an audience.
‘Theworks in I AMHERE all tell
a story of skill, critical thinking, and
ambitious and sometimes controversial
practice, and reflect the complex and
challenging nature ofmaking objects
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COLLECT 2015
TARZANPHOTO©CRAFTSCOUNCIL /TODDWHITEARTPHOTOGRAPHY | KARMONA IMAGEFRITSCH IMAGECOURTESYOFMIMA,ACQUIREDTHROUGHTHENORTHERNROCKFOUNDATIONCRAFTACQUISITION
Above:
Tarzan
,
RodolfoRamon
Azaro, cast
polyester resin, 1973
Left:
The Present
Neckpiece
, Kepa
Karmona, concrete
and glass neckpiece,
2009 (both showing
in I AMHERE)
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