Uclan: Rituals and Ceremonies Brief
Tamar De Vires Winter - Enameller
Tamar's earliest inspiration came from the colour in textiles, jewellery and architecture in the Israeli Jewish and Islamic environment where she grew up. That had a profound influence on her jewellery and silverware.
She draws on the rich history and tradition of the art of enamelling. Her interest in ceremony, both personal and public, has led her to create a collection of Jewish and Christian ritual objects. Recent commissions have allowed her to take that history and tradition in new directions.
Fusing her own photographs of trees in her garden on copper vessels to explore ideas about climate change led her to discover how contemporary techniques could express socially relevant ideas in an ancient medium.
This October, the Museum of London will open a major new exhibition investigating the secrets of the Cheapside Hoard. This extraordinary and priceless treasure of late 16th and early 17th century jewels and gemstones – displayed in its entirety for the first time in over a century – was discovered in 1912, buried in a cellar on Cheapside in the City of London.Through new research and state-of-the-art technology, the exhibition will showcase the wealth of insights the Hoard offers on Elizabethan and Jacobean London – as a centre of craftsmanship and conspicuous consumption, at the crossroads of the Old and New Worlds. It will also explore the mysteries that remain, lost among the cataclysmic events of the mid-17th century: who owned the Hoard, when and why was it hidden, and why was it never reclaimed?
The Cheapside Hoard: London's Lost Jewels is part of the Museum of London’s jewellery season, running alongside free photography exhibition Tomfoolery and free contemporary jewellery exhibition Made in London: Jewellery Now. You might also like our Cheapside Hoard inspired events.
Late exhibition openings (until 9pm): 10 January, 14 March, 11 April 2014
- See more at: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/whats-on/exhibitions-displays/cheapside-hoard-londons-lost-jewels/#sthash.nviR7ByW.dpuf
El Dorado at the British Museum
For centuries Europeans were dazzled by the legend of El Dorado – literally ‘the golden one’. Many different stories were told of El Dorado – sometimes it was imagined as a lost city of gold, sometimes as a man covered in powdered gold who plunged into the middle of Lake Guatavita (near modern Bogotá). The exhibition uncovers the fascinating truth behind some of these myths. Unlike in Europe, gold was not valued as currency in pre-Hispanic Colombia. Instead it had great symbolic meaning, facilitating all kinds of social and spiritual transformations. It was one way the elite could publicly assert their rank, both in life and in death.
Complex craftsmanship : The exhibition features over 200 fascinating objects from Museo del Oro, Bogotá, and around 100 from the British Museum’s collection. They show technologically advanced and sophisticated goldworking techniques, including the use of an alloy composed of gold and copper, and the use of textiles, feathers, stones and ceramics. These beautiful and detailed works display a level of complex craftsmanship that perfectly marries art and skill, and show the differences in techniques and designs across the region.
Discover ancient Colombia: With a focus on the craftsmanship of peoples we know as the Muisca, Quimbaya, Calima and Tairona, the exhibition presents the complex network of societies in ancient Colombia – a hidden world of distinct and vibrant cultures. The remarkable objects reveal glimpses of these cultures’ spiritual lives, including rituals of hallucinogenic transformation, engagement with animal spirits and objects animated through music, dancing and sunlight.
A unique exhibition The exhibition uncovers the extraordinary metalworking skill of the peoples of ancient Colombia through a unique collection of objects, some of which are being displayed in the UK for the first time.
Sara Perkins - Enameller
As a maker of hollow ware, I use properties of the metal: the plasticity, the permanence, and the dimensionality. As an enameller, I use properties of the glass: the preciousness, the texture, and the color. In my work these properties function together to make a whole, with the two materials complementing and completing each other, rather than one being visually more important than the other. My current work is primarily bowls and ceremonial vessels because I am interested in the social implications and uses of these forms. Subtle differences in shape affect the meaning of the piece dramatically: an open form is generous and a tighter one more austere and self-sufficient.
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Sue Lane - Jeweller
I am a contemporary jewellery designer/maker based in rural Herefordshire. I specialise in handmade contemporary silver, gold, palladium and platinum jewellery, including a unique range of engagement and wedding rings. I also teach jewellery making workshops, including the very popular 'make your own wedding rings'. I also work to commission.
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