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Tina Lilienthal
Pop My Cherry


The Watkins Era: David Watkins and His Students
Contemporary Applied Arts

September 16 - October 29, 2005

work: Pop My Cherry - three necklaces

"The Watkins Era: David Watkins and his students is a celebration of twenty-one years of student/professional achievement, as ambassadors and as makers, and a "coming of age" of an important era in the applied arts - which has always depended on a strong sense of individualism allied to a deep understanding of materials and a robust aesthetic. It is cheesy to talk about "the key to the door" these days, but in this case they key has been, and remains, a very special one. History is only just beginning to appreciate its significance." (Sir Christopher Frayling)


Selected participants include Christoph Zellweger, Chris Knight, Naomi Filmer, Lara Bohinc, Simone ten Hompel, Rebecca De Quin.

My contribution consisted 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.

Part of the series will be published in Association for Contemporary Jewellery Jewellers Directory in November 2007 (ISBN 9780713684094).

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