Social Club // Community Sustenance for Contemporary Jewellery

During Munich Jewellery Week 2016, we hosted our first CO Social Club: four mornings of conversations founded on themes explored by strong panels of jewellers and made even more dynamic with the organic contributions of a diverse and engaged audience.


We loved it. We got great feedback, and now we want more.


We are happy to collaborate, moderate or participate, but our goal is to lay the foundation for other people to create their own Social Club Editions. Interested?


Here are some basic guidelines:

  • Here are some basic guidelines to get you started: The format and possibilities are very open: they could take the form of an artist talk, panel discussion, roundtable conversation, a group book talk/response, a manifesto and performance, or something completely genre-bending that you have yet to think of.
  • How will we know what happened, what you discussed? What will we upload onto the Current Obsession website to communicate the event to others? Will it be a formal write-up, collage, call-to-arms, or multimedia? If your documentation includes audio and video (yes, please!), then document it well. In order for a video or audio clip to be uploaded, presented, and shared on the CO website, it will need to be very clear. The possibilities of audio and video are not limited to simple recordings of an event either. There are some very interesting cross-disciplinary connections with other artists and forms of documentation just waiting to be explored.
  • Has a Social Club has already happened in your area, but you would like to lead the next edition? No problem, at most, if we have people contact us from the same city or region, we might ask you to collaborate with one another. The goal is to promote widespread geographical representation allowing for breadth as well as refinement in content and ideas.
  • The Social Club should involve some sort of refreshments, right? A creative breakfast/lunch/dinner, informal potluck, or simple espresso and croissant: it doesn’t matter. We just want to make sure the event is somewhere people can get something to drink or nibble on. It’s meant to be relaxing, and well, fun.
  • Alas, there is no funding provided. It is important that everyone is clear on the voluntary nature of the Social Club forum. Our goal is to develop a content generating forum connecting and empowering jewellers and designers.

Interested in creating a Current Obsession Social Club event or series of events in your area? Please email us at with a brief description of your idea and we can begin communicating on how to make it happen. We look forward to hearing from you.


In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of some of the Social Club events already planned for late 2016:


The Los Angeles – San Diego Edition #AKA: Wear it!

Student-led Discussions on Participatory Jewellery Events San Diego State University Jewelry + Metalwork Program’s interactive exhibition, #AKA: Wear it! invites a variety of people to wear art jewellery with simultaneous documentation to @akawearit. Previous iterations include the Boston Commons Public Park during SNAG 2015 and the SDSU Downtown Gallery in early 2016. They will present the fourth instalment during the Beyond Bling exhibition opening at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The Current Obsession Social Club: San Diego – Los Angeles Edition will follow the event, led by SDSU students and alumni. Sitting around the fireplace at a nearby rooftop lounge, they will reflect on the experience and the participants/audience reactions.


The Stockholm Edition

CROSSING OVER // Jewellery, Critique, and Events: How to merge collaboration, criticality, and inventivenessAnnika Pettersson, an independent jeweller and co-founder of the Stockholm based A5 collective, will be collaborating with Jacquelyn Davis, a Swedish American writer, curator and arts/culture critic, to create a small series of conversations to engage people across media through a combination of visual and object interaction with discourse. Via their explorations, they will stretch the definitions of how to document a Current Obsession Social Club event.


The Auckland Edition

LIGHTHEARTED PERCEPTIONS // Collaboration, Conversation, Humor, and Insight: How to enjoy a brew and explore jewellery The Jewellers Guild Of Greater Sandringham is always up for a bit of beer and conversation. They created the series ‘Drinking About Jewellery’ in July, in conjunction with their local craft gallery Objectspace. With wine or beer in hand, and hot chips (wrapped in old Overview newspapers, of course), they eat, drink and chat about a variety of local events such as most recent Handshake 3 project, share slides from exhibiting and visiting MJW’16, have casual book talks of their favourite jewellery publications, and reflections of the latest exhibitions at Whau Studios. Although they smile broadly and say, “You don’t want to think about jewellery too much, you just want to drink about it”, they also, in turn, quietly and consistently organize informal gatherings – moving the conversations from galleries to artist workshops to their favourite brewpub. For their Social Club: Auckland Edition, the Jewellers Guild of Greater Sandringham will document one of their habitual conversations to highlight the energies needed and the inspiration gained from their consistent motivations to collaborate and highlight their local jewellery community.


The San Francisco Edition

ON THE SIDE // Intimate Peripheries: An evening of loose dialogue and open wanderings Mariah Tuttle, a jeweller and the organizer of the Punchbowl Projects pop-up series Gateway Drugs, will hold a cosy evening of wine and conversation in the offbeat, yet sweet garage of the Velvet da Vinci gallery. Bay Area jewellers and jewellery enthusiasts will meet up to engage in a loose conversation about (jewellery) inspiration, production, and education.