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Rearch Assessment Exercise 2008

Tina Lilienthal

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Research Outcomes


Outcome 1 - Journey
Studio North Gallery opened for the first time on 25 October 2007 with an exhibition curated by the four resident jewellers. To emphasise distinctiveness and autonomy each maker brought or installed their own display, which ranged from vintage cabinet to purpose-designed shelf.
My own contribution, Journey, is a minimal wall display consisting of twelve black panels on which nineteen pieces of jewellery are hung. The symbolism used in the pieces is representative of my own personal journey within the field of contemporary jewellery. The telling of stories and the meaning of symbols within that has always influenced my work but has now found a new platform on which it can be accessed.

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Outcome 2 - Pop My Cherry
The series, Pop My Cherry consists of three necklaces made from polyester resin, silver, gold, fabric, and embroidery, inspired by opposition. Through the unconventional mixture of materials it tells the story of the cheap and the expensive, the male and the female, the old and the new, the mundane and the precious, the sacred and the profane. The use of uncomplicated symbols such as a bone and a cherry to portray the relationship between male and female creates an element of humour and playfulness reminiscent of the simplicity of cartoon or pop art.

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Outcome 3 - Anger
The necklace, Anger, is made of silver and mixed media and is inspired by the theme of the seven deadly sins. It is one of a series of pieces derived from this theme.
My work consists of a combination of traditional materials associated with jewellery such as silver, but importantly this is combined with less orthodox support materials such as shoelace and embroidery. Through this a playful relationship is established between the unorthodox source material, found objects and more traditional techniques, transformed and juxtaposed to reveal new and novel connections that challenge conventional notions of jewellery as simply body adornment. An old story is reinvented in new and unconventional materials, opposing the meanings of cheap and expensive, old and new, mundane and precious; creating a form of "body sculpture" or "conceptual jewellery". The underlying theme of transformation can be contextually linked to works of Claes Oldenburg and the Surrealists.

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Outcome 4 - Vanity
The necklace, Vanity, is made of silver and mixed media and is inspired by the theme of the seven deadly sins. It is one of a series of pieces derived from this theme.
My work consists of a combination of traditional materials associated with jewellery, such as silver, combined with less orthodox support materials such as shoelace and embroidery. Through this a playful relationship is established between the unorthodox source material such as plastics and found objects and more traditional techniques, transformed and juxtaposed to reveal new and novel connections that challenge conventional notions of jewellery as simply body adornment.
The plastic source material in Vanity is subjected to "electroforming", a process similar to silverplating, and the mass-produced plastic form is thus transformed into a valuable object by virtue of the use of a coating of precious metal.

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