Masters and proteges - contemporary British jewellery

Cynthia Cousens

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibition


In this exhibition and publication of thirteen UK ‘masters’ each with two students, the curator Prof. Norman Cherry set out to ‘show the work of the most significant jewellery artists and designers currently practicing in Britain’, influential not only through the work they each make but also through their educational practice. My research for this exhibition, acknowledges that jewellery is a roving object, travelling with the wearer, entering different spaces, environments, and atmospheres, placed on varying fabrics and clothes, and that our understanding of jewellery and its meaning continually changes in relation to these shifting surroundings. The two necklaces produced for the exhibition set out to investigate the mutability of jewellery as a form and in its meaning, more specifically it establishes an equal or primary role for the background which sits behind the immediate necklace and explores how together they can merge to form a dialogue which creates a new and constantly changing entity.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2008
Eventexhibition - Museum of Arts and Crafts Itami, Hyogo, Japan, 5th-30th March; Mikimoto Hall, Mikimoto Main Store, Chuouko, Tokyo, Japan 19th May-5th June; School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University, 27th October - 13th November 2008
Duration: 5 Mar 2008 → …


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