4 January 1999
Moves takes a fresh look at the role and character of contemporary
jewellery design. The exhibition brings together the work of 130 makers from
all parts of the world, providing a fascinating overview of the current state
of the art.
Displayed in glowing, futuristic cases, the exhibits are grouped under themes
such as form, alchemy, politics, ideas and identity. Diverse in concept,
style and execution, the works are united in their quality and originality.
An astonishing range of materials has been used to great effect. A delicate
necklace by German artist Katja Korsawe, for example, is created out of tanned
pig's bladder. A shimmering collar by Swiss artist Verena Sieber-Fuchs is
fashioned from fragments of photographic film. Materials with little or no
intrinsic value are thus transformed into bewitching pieces of jewellery.
Traditional materials such as gold, silver and precious stones are also very
much in evidence, while synthetic materials - plastic, acrylic, PVC - provide
limitless possibilities of colour and texture.
The book which accompanies the exhibition, written by curators Amanda Game
and Dr Elizabeth Goring, provides an inspiring survey of contemporary jewellery.
Price £12.99, or available at a special price of £9.99 from the
Museum Shop only.
Note: this block is not in the "Verdana" sans serif font!
Can combine some, like Strong and
But others may not combine.
Adjacent to the jewellery exhibition, The Changing Room offers daily jewellery
workshops, events and demonstrations for all age groups. Open from Wednesday
to Sunday, 1 to 5pm.
Special events include:
8 October & 18 November, 1-5pm
Drop-in repoussé workshop with jeweller Mark Powell. All ages
29 October, 3pm
Elizabeth Moignard, Director of the Institute for Art History, University
of Glasgow, talks about her own collection of contemporary jewellery.
30 & 31 October, 1-5pm
Masks, monsters & magic: Hallowe'en workshops for all ages.
26 November, 1.30-2pm
Jeweller Sonia Rae talks about her steel and silver
An exciting programme of lectures has been organised to complement the
exhibitions Jewellery Moves and Making Weaves, and celebrate
the launch of the Crafts Gallery. Subjects for
October and November include:
Contemporary Japanese jewellery
Professor Yasuki Hiramatsu,
jeweller & lecturer
The modern ring in context
Dr Beatriz Chadour-Sampson,
jewellery historian & author
British contemporary glass
Dan Klein, expert & author on historic & contemporary
Function & fiction: the crafts in contemporary culture
Martina Margetts, curator & writer on contemporary crafts
place from 7pm to 8.30pm, and doors open at 6.30pm (Lothian Street Entrance).
Tickets can be bought in advance from the Information Desk or at the door,
price £2. For further information call 0131 247 4219.