A girl from the Mursi Tribe. Copyright; Steve Bloom
A striking image taken from the series ‘Ghosts’ by artist Ralph Ziman
A fake gun at the British Museum
working on gun shapes
A copper backing for a gun pendant
According to the artist Ralph Ziman, guns have an ‘almost mythical ‘ status in South Africa. Good or bad, the AK47 has become a massive part of the culture in cities and rural area’s of Sub-Saharan Africa. As I have mentioned before, I am interested in the contrasts of Africa and in the image of the young girl from the Mursi tribe holding a gun so casually, we see an evocative example of this which is what I am hoping to express through my work. When I visited the British Museum recently, they had an example of a fake assault rifle which was made by poor road workers as an attempt to warn off potential ambushes. The fake gun was made from wood and covered in tar. This has inspired me to make my own version of a fake gun using tar amongst other materials. I have been working on gun designs to be used as a motif throughout the collection
I really like the layering of these maquettes, it looks very African. The two lengths work well to enhance each piece
I like the gun necklace, its a bold statement but it would need to be longer.
I’m liking the pattern that the guns have created here, very bold, maybe too much being layered with a neck piece as well
Again, I like the pattern this has created, not keen on the idea of it just being acrylic though so could possibly do it in copper with verdigris.
Maquetter for a layered bone ring to have a copper rod with a cobalt blue set in it. I think this could be a great statement ring and chunky enough to go with some of the cast rings I will be doing.
I like the simplicity of this and the idea of putting cowrie shells and guns together, modern and traditional.
I’m liking how the rubber looks here, the powdery inside is very reminiscient of the tribal photo’s from my research
I do like the look of the rubber but I am concerned as to whether I could make it look more polished.
I don’t think these lengths work very well together
Again, the lengths do not work very well together.
I think this needs to be longer in order to be harmonious with the rest of the pieces.
This could be a great show piece as its eye catching and a powerful statement. I need to think about how to make it as if I make it out of metal it will be very time consuming, I might look into acrylic which looks like metal.
I have been working on some maquettes of ideas for the collection. I am really liking some of the shapes that are coming out, I think it looks quite African but also very me which is important. Every idea that I am having looks as if it wil be quite involved and time consuming and so my biggest worry is getting it all done in time.
I think this has to be one of my favourite pieces from all the exhibitions I saw. It was made my Adam Grinovich and I was told that it was made by some kind of 3D printing with steel. I absolutely love the texture and the sci-fi feel to it, like an engagement ring of the future
This was part of a great show called Hang which was a group of jewellery artists; Heejoo Kim, Hyorim Lee, Nora Rochel, Julia Walter and Adam Grinovich.
This is from a great show called This is So Contemporary, it was an exhibition of three artists from the Acadamy of Fine Arts Munich; Shachar Cohen, Naama Bergman and JooHee Han
An amazing salt crystal necklace by Naama Bergman. The salt is really sparkly making it look like semi precious stones adorning a chain, I love the rust seeping through, giving the piece an industrial feel.
One of the main shows, Talente at the Messestadt
This cool necklace won the Talente Prize this year, its called Ich Bin Keine Vase and its by Jing Yang. The Vase can be taken apart to form many different forms
Ich Bin Keine Vase by Jing Yang
Love the unusual form of this necklace by Tala Yuan
I like the ghostly delicateness of these pieces by Amy Pierce Buzzard and it was really nice to see some British jewellery artists included in this years Talente
Another British artist Kota Okuda made this cool tongue in cheek necklace from the Queens head
I like the mechanical look of this necklace by Katie Collins
My partner Paul trying his luck at winning a piece of jewellery for me at the Bowling For Success exhibition at a tiny little underground bowling alley
Another great and interesting exhibition called Salto Mortale which was three artists: Barbara Schrobenhauser, Nicola Scholz and Judith Pschibl. Barbara makes amazing paper objects which look like porcelain and she uses really interesting pigments to colour them including whole Cochineal beetles. Judith’s pieces are really cool, geometric forms made from clear plastic with tine slivers of colour on some edges which I really loved.
From an exhibition called Falling Into Place by Despo Sophocleous. Her work is amazing to look at but ever better to feel and move, they are articulated wood and copper and they make such amazing sounds when they move.
This is a piece by Nicole Beck from her solo show Beloved Strangers. She uses enamel in such an unusual beautiful way. I spoke to her about her work and she explained to me that she uses old photographs as her inspiration, addressing the idea that we have no idea about these people lives but they had full lives as we do, one day someone will be looking at a photograph of us thinking the same thing. I like how eerie her work is.
The very fun exhibition from the Dialogue Collective. Last year they were looking at Dark Things, taking inspiration from Jack the Ripper. This year they focused on the Light, so they used Comedy as their starting point. It was in a tiny little cinema, in the dark with the artists dressed as ushers who led us around with torches on our head.
The Light Side from the Dialogue Collective
Petra Bishai decided to focus the comedy aspect on her display with this brilliant jelly hand.
These are necklaces by Samira Goetz made from clothes labels, they were part of the exhibition Winner Winner Vertical Dinner (great name) Janina Stubler and Nadine Simone Keffner were also exhibiting.
Necklaces by Nadine Simone Kuffner, brooches by Janina Stubler.
Nadine’s amazing bronze necklace which have amazing texture and colour, I love that you woulld not neccesarliy guess that the material is bronze
Detail of necklace by Nadine Simone Kuffner
This is the amazing work of Volker Atrops in his exhibition Yesterday’s Papers which was at a great antique bookshop.
Volker made a little zine type book to go along with his jewellery that I really loved.
amazing gold and silver rings cast from toilet paper by Volker Atrops
This was a really great looking exhibition called Paper Plastic Metal Stone which was the work of four artists who each made a series out of one of the materials. The work was really interesting and the display was amazing.
The artists showing were Emi Fukuda, Clementine Edwards, Gillian Campbell Deery and Kate Jayne Britchford
So another amazing year at Schmuck. I didn’t get to see nearly as many shows as I would have liked, but with there being 80 exhibitions as well as the main show at the Messestadt, it’s no easy task! I didn’t take photographs of everything but here are some of my highlights from what I saw. I have put names and descriptions on the photographs so if you like what you see, make sure you check out the jewellery artists!