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JEWELS AS ART
The present trend which sees the craft of jewellery-making extending its boundaries into the realms of art is exciting. No longer is jewellery regarded as mere forms of adornment, but to be appreciated, beyond its intrinsic value - as a work of art. In this light, jewellery as expressive of art, encompasses an extremely rich and varied repertoire of works, each rare and one-of-a-kind. The approach is an artistic temperament demonstrating creative freedom, an attitude that favours audacity over meekness, movement over inertia, passion over passivity.
The "jeweller as artist" or "artist as jeweller" is one who plays upon the imagination, the treasure trove of burgeoning ideas. This is the inner core of creativity from which jewellery design begin to take on artistic form. The artist-jeweller displays an unusual degree of experimentation as well as interest in the medium itself and its possibilities. Specific materials are chosen for a particular flexibility or decorative attribute. Designs show a high degree of versatility reflected in the skill of craftsmanship. The result is jewellery given pictorial or sculptural representation, resembling a work of art.
The Italian jeweller Scavia is recognised by its superior workmanship typical of Italian craft traditions. His unmistakable style is characterised by materials used in a fanciful manner to create intriguing combinations of shapes and forms. Bhagat from India sources ideas and inspiration from the wide and varied field of Indian aesthetics. His emphasis on floral forms in his jewels display the influence of Mughal decorative art. In Hong Kong, Carnet represents the artistic vision of its designer Michelle Ong, whose jewellery compositions are decidedly sensual and feminine. Ong approaches jewellery as art form, creating graceful and gossamer-like tracery designs. J. Koo jewellery is known for its meticulous craftsmanship that display innovative use of materials such as wood and ivory. The art jewels of Wallace Chan, whose atelier is also Hong-Kong based, show highly-developed ideas where his sculptural jewels are meant to be contemplated from all angles. Chan's carving and casting of titanium reproduces the natural world, giving rise to bejewelled creatures. His dramatic interpretation breathes life into jewellery, fusing the real with the unreal, creating a fantastical world.
Contemporary jewels as art is thriving. From conception to craftsmanship, the marriage between jewellery and art is a fascinating modern movement, elevating the craft to a new level of artistic calibre. Each jewel, as an artistic expression, merits admiration not only for the actual materials used, but more importantly, for the creative fantasy and design as well as technical excellence. Like painters and sculptors who fervently work at their passions, the artist-jeweller is no different. The genre of art jewellery now covers a conceptual breadth necessitating an intellectual and sophisticated interpretation. Jewellery can no longer be looked at in the same way.