Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery

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Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery
photo: Eddo Hartmann
'Yellow Kelly', 2008, by Felieke van der Leest
The Design Museum's exhibition celebrates the work of contemporary jewellers who have challenged the conventions of jewellery design. The show examines what we value and regard as precious, bypassing traditional perceptions in favour of the radical experiments of jewellers from the 1970s onwards who, making use of new processes, questioned the relevance of precious materials and shifted the role of preciousness from financial value to personal association. Themes include 'Worn Out', which celebrates the experience of wearing jewellery, and 'Linking Links', which looks at the ways in which meaning and narratives are expressed in jewellery. Exhibitors include Wendy Ramshaw, who is known for her complex geometric designs, and Hans Stofer, who trained in precision engineering and produces intricate wire form jewellery.


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This could have been a great exhibition, showcasing the work of brilliant art jewellers from the past 50 years up until now. And there are definitely some pieces worth seeing at this show, particularly if you've never heard of studio jewellers or wearable art. Sadly, the exhibition is sabotaged by bad presentation (Why no hand or body models? Why so few photographs of pieces actually being worn?), unreadably dense text descriptions, and an under-representation of recent work (the average age of the pieces on show here is 30+ years old). Rather than showing off the beautiful and challenging work of exciting and brave designers in this still living craft, the whole exhibition feels tired and dated. Even Wendy Ramshaw's normally immaculate rings are drooping sadly on their mandrels tucked away in a corner under a bell jar. Such a wasted opportunity.

This exhibit was very disappointing. £10 to see a few bits of broken bottle necklaces and paperclips attached to a drain strainer. The museum is setting up a new exhibit so only one room. I won't be returning.