Memories are tangled up in the objects we own. What memories are revealed through the sharing of these sometimes tattered jewels? Often tangled chains without clasps, earrings missing their partner, broken beads and worn through rings, each has a memory imprinted on it. Each object we own invokes a story; a summer holiday, a favorite aunt, playing in a grandmother’s house. By sharing these memories, we rejuvenate this junk jewellery breathing life back into it. Why does this humble pile of rejected and broken jewellery connect with so many? Does this sharing of stories and memories shape and reshape these everyday jewels, or were these stories and memories shaped by this junk jewellery? And, what would happen if this small pile of broken jewellery grew and grew, what stories and jewels would then emerge? Every object has a story. Please share yours.
This collection has been created as a means for YOU to participant in the project 'JUNK: rubbish to gold'.
This collection seeks to discover those that will emerge from the jewellery box. Not from those prized heirlooms, precious wedding rings and valuable jewels prized and valuable in material as well as memory.
Instead this collection seeks to discover the role of those often much overlooked ephemeral plastic, paste and glass jewels in our lives.
How to contribute:
We are collecting JUNK jewellery and the memories around them as part of 'JUNK: rubbish to gold'.
We need you to:
1. Take a photograph of your JUNK jewellery item.
2. Upload it as a 'thing' within our JUNK jewellery Collection on this website along with the memories and stories associated with it/them (you can do this by clicking the 'ADD A THING' button at the top of this page).
3. If you are ready to part with this item/s and would like it to be transformed during the JUNK: rubbish to gold project please post your item to:
JUNK: rubbish to gold
c/o Jivan Astfalck,
The School of Jewellery,
82-86 Vittoria Street,
West Midlands B1 3PA, UK.
4. And please come along and participant in our performance from the 9th-13th November at the School of Jewellery.
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