Attachments: Apparat

A bounty of jewellery inspiration awaits at Apparat. Today's selection focusses on designers whose practice embraces unusual findings and reveals an object's attachments.

Marina Elenskaya (above and below) - uses unusual industrial or non-precious materials like concrete (below), foam (above) , and plastics in her work. I love the clean, no nonsense harnesses, elastics and bags she often makes to hold central forms, and the embedding of wires into cast pieces.

more practitioners after the break...

Rinaldo Alvarez - I'm intrigued by the delicate twists and tiny hooks that hold these pieces together. Often the wire of the main forms is bound into the delicate strings that the pieces tentatively hang from.


Lore Van Keer - Visually, these ceramic pieces are translucent, milky, and inviting. I love the juxtaposition of the taut strings and chains with their softly melting forms. Plus glorious riveted plates, hooks, and knots.

"In my work, I equate emotions and the diversity of emotional personalities with spaces. There are moments when we allow people to enter those spaces; and there are others when we close off the spaces and anxiously keep them shut... every feeling, every emotion is pure at all times, just like porcelain.
Porcelain is a material that combines the elements of both solidity and fragility.  Porcelain has a memory of its own, which is, just like emotion, indelible and impossible to ignore."


Iris Bodemer - playfully subverts the 'hidden' side of split pins, stitches, and twists by making them features of her work, which is often based on threadlike wires emerging through sheet metal.


RĂ©ka Fekete 
- uses the discarded etching plates of other artists, binding them together in often elaborate ways.


Beate Eismann - sewn metal. More specifically, beautifully sewn metal.

Ela Bauer - luscious, drooping and dripping, these works appear in the midst of organic change, melding sewing and binding with the soft aesthetic of the materials.


Malu Berbers - sews tube and sheet into wearable forms


Helena Lehtinen - binds and clamps


Emma Donald - inverts the practice of adorning the exterior in favour of conical studs riveted so their heads sit against the wrist and the rivet pinning is visible on the outside of the cuff.

Kathleen Hennemann - concrete casting with joining elements embedded to join and adorn. I particularly enjoy that nails, a traditional method of connecting surfaces, are instead used as decorative elements that may even foil a wearer's attempt to place the object on their body. 


Naoko Ogawa - this jewellery is both created and attached to the garment by crushing  an aluminum plate on the clothes, changing the look by creating fluid folds. Genius!

Masako Onodera - creates fleshy wearables using found objects, wool, and dipping plastics. These pieces are bound together when felted or dipped. 

Stephanie Hensle - quite apart from having a wonderfully bizarre collection based on meat cuts, uses some  interesting connective methods. Delicate pins with the neck chain threaded through, lattice-like stockings containing objects, tiny hooks, and then the miniature meats are sometimes cut into sections and turned into multiple brooches and pendants. L'amaze!

Mia Maljojoki - captures everyday moments. Embedded into the different casting mediums are strings, elastic bands, ribbons, and cords so the moments can be carried later. 


Ursula Guttmann - this ring is loads of fun. Lolly colours, giant stone... and made from a latex balloon.


Jimin Park - again, bright joyful  colours and a combination of dipping, tabbing, and plasticine-ing.

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