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What Matters? Exhibition at Goldfingers, Copenhagen

“These earrings originate in an intervention in two old English prints. The images show quite conventionally gendered scenes, where men and horses are displayed in an outdoor competition activity. The intervention in the images is a comment on some behavior and cultural codes. This intervention is made with materials and references to jewellery and embrodery work, in an intentionally femenine manner. The relation to the body is unfold in different stages. There are bodies represented in the prints, there is the body who was crafting the print, there is the body looking at the image, there is the wearer’s body. The wearer is provided with a choice: to wear the gold ring with or without the print attached to. This second option creates a quite uncomfortable or strange experience, of course. When the gold ring earrings are weared without the image, they are almost imperceptibles, only carring the weigth of the remembrance of the related image. The mental trace of a jewellery scene. What matters?” Gemma Draper November 2014  

KEEP! A project room

  KEEP! A project room tries to question my own practice by placing  research materials in an open public space. My practice through jewellery deals with my interest in materials, craftsmanship, social meanings, and the value that we culturally attach to some objects. By creating an open working space I attempt to share with Teesside University students and staff a stage of the art/design process that is often kept more or less hidden in the studios. In October 2013,  Janet Hinchliffe McCutcheon and I were appointed as Jewellers in Residence in the School of Arts and Media, with the support of the Renaissance Strategic Support Fund, granted by the Arts Council, to open a new permanent space at mima for its Contemporary Jewellery Collection and to enhance understanding of contemporary jewellery. We have an active practice in the field and although we approach jewellery as an art expression from different perspectives, our common goal is to develop, communicate and promote jewellery as a powerful, meaningful and distinctive art activity. In June 2014 we were awarded a …