Even though the title includes the word funny, the idea holds a much deeper thought: my dreams held back by my technical or time limitations.
There was a time, long time ago, when you would meet an artisan jeweler and commission a piece that would take him weeks, months to deliver. It would come an infinity of details (check museums antique jewelry display cases all over the world) and with a price that the wearer was ready to pay to display its wealth and love for beauty. Today is different, but there are still ways to explore the discipline of jewelry making.
As a jeweler, I’ve always been interested in the work of contemporary jewelry for its playful approach and the use of unusual materials, because some concepts picked my curiosity such as ephemeral jewelry which could compare to an exquisite meal you spent hours preparing and took minutes to enjoy. And of course, sometimes I wondered, who on earth would wear that?
Getting information on what defines contemporary jewelry, I’ve found an article on Klimt02.net by Sylvia Jielu Zhang whose degree project was an exhibition “Wearable Or Not” in 2016.
She says: […] Having developed since the 1960s, the ever-evolving contemporary jewelry breaks away from adornment, luxury, and convention. It converges with fine art and thus blurs the definition of wearability. […]
It also quotes curator and jeweler Susan Cohn who wrote:
“Views diverged on matters of materials (precious or non precious), wearability (jewelry or sculpture) and value (elite or democratic).”
#thursdayfunnyjewels are spontaneous jewelry projects made out of ordinary matters, visually pleasing, that I would love to see applied in metal or to keep as is, unwearable because too fragile.
I believe it’s important to let go, when you practice a craft where techniques and an important amount of time are devoted to one piece. It’s mandatory to remain playful through ideas or materials and contemporary jewelry conveys this way of practicing.