Friday, 29 June 2012

Jack Cunningham

Hello everyone!

Another of my favourite jewellery designers is Mr Jack Cunningham (no relation to me :P).  His particular interest is to tell stories through his narrative jewellery.  I first became aware of his work when I was studying Higher Art.  I wasn't able to find out a lot about him so I wrote to him asking if he could give me anymore information.  He was lovely enough to write back and told me to go to the Glasgow School of Art, (where he was teaching at that time), where he had left me a collection of books and CD's about himself and his work.

He also left me a wee note, (at that time I was trying to decide whether to do textiles or jewellery), he suggested that I go do a short course in jewellery to see if I liked it.  So I booked myself in for a ten week course to learn basic silver-smithing.  I soon learned that it was not for me, as I managed to melt and scorch everything that I made.  I am ashamed to show you what I made, please don't laugh to hard - 

A wonky ring and a very wobbly tear shaped pendant, which did have little balls, but they ummmm kinda fell off after I had used the blow torch on it :s

I emailed Mr Cunningham and asked if he would like to do a small interview for my blog.  Unfortunately he was very busy with events at the moment, however he said the answers can be found at his website

Here is his Artist Statement - 

"I would describe narrative jewellery as a wearable object that contains a comment or message, which the maker strives to communicate to an audience through the use of visual representation....
For the person wearing the jewellery there is a need to interpret the work and through this personal interpretation, there is empathy, felling and human interaction.  The desire of the wearer to make his or her own personal statement is important, and this enables them to become part of this process of communication with a wider audience.
I work exclusively with the brooch form to explore personal narratives or stories.  Images which keep cropping up are the house shape, the sycamore seed and the "kit" form.  The sycamore seed is playful.  It evokes places or personal importance and is perfectly formed for its purpose.  It symbolises renewal and growth, flight and fecundity and has universal appeal.  The house acts as a metaphor  for our own personal world, our most private space.  The "kit" series explores our relationship with others."

I would just like to thank Mr Cunningham for giving me permission to write this post.  All pictures are from "On The Line" by Jack Cunningham. 

Dittery Dot

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