Why so sad?

1 09 2012

Today is the last day for David Neale’s Love Letters‘ at Pieces of Eight … and I’m not going to make it. That’s why I’m sad. Very sad. Seriously.

I greatly admire David’s work – his approach, his humour, his interest in traditional making, how restrictions have inspired him to create adaptations, and his writings.

So I’m incredibly sad I cannot get along to see his ‘Love Letters‘ exhibition in its collected glory. His writing about the exhibition (below) is touching and I completely understand it… and I want to go (*stamping feet*).

Thankfully David has been generously sharing images and posts about his work on his blog – how ridiculously adorable is the pea-pod pendant?! I hope he shares more of the pieces in the exhibition, so I can vicariously pretend I actually saw it in person… pretty please David…

exhibition media; click on image for original source

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Exhibition media: “David Neale explores the idea of jewellery as a conveyor of love. With love being so lofty, and jewellery being so material, Neale tries to navigate pitfalls common jewellery such as superficiality, bombast, vanity, and the design challenge that jewellery needs to be partly “empty” to allow givers and wearers to bestow their own meaning to it.

A good question for the goldsmith is:

What does jewellery do?

It is very often sent as gift to say “I love you”- like a three-dimensional love letter.
So the next question for the goldsmith is one of design;

How can I make jewellery that is ready for this mission?

True, this will come down to typical decisions about materials and shapes and ergonomics, but in this quest the goldsmith must seek, above all, to imbue the attributes of generosity and dignity, eloquence and concision- and perhaps most elusively; some sort of draught; a capacity to carry love’s message, without forgetting it, without talking over the top of it, not crushing it- but holding and delivering it at the same time- for as long as possible.

David Neale 2012

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