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Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery

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Unexpected Pleasures explores how jewellery reflects changing technologies, methods and material values and at the same time celebrates the individual wearer. In recent decades, contemporary jewellery has transcended its role of adornment to challenge traditional meanings and become a signifier of new identities. Working in traditional mediums of gold and precious stones as well as with innovative materials, designers and artists are pushing the boundaries of the craft into the worlds of contemporary art, design and fashion.

This innovative book focuses on the historical precedents for art jewellery with works by artists such as Alexander Calder and Meret Oppenheim; traditional jewellery forms that have been transformed formally or materially to become contemporary works of art; jewellery as fashion accessories, with works designed for catwalk presentations by Martin Margiela and Alexander McQueen; and jewellery designs and their relationship with the body, including industrial designs such as the Sony Walkman and the iPod.

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
Dimension: 203 x 254mm
240 pages, hardback
ISBN: 9780847838141
Publication date: April 2012