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SO MINT! Conscious Wearing by Katie Gibbon

Central Saint Martins, London '20

SO MINT! is a series of posts on fresh graduates in fashion, jewellery and design from around the world. Handpicked by Current Obsession.

A chain necklace made up of recycled precious metal links which are not soldered closed, and therefore it falls apart easily. The wearer has to be very careful when putting on or taking off the necklace, and it takes a lot of patience and effort to put the chain back together when it falls apart. This is like a metaphor for climate change – the worse the situation gets the harder it will be to fix. It also reflects how easily everything could collapse and fall into disarray.

Focussing on the concept of “fragility”, Katie bases her collection on her feelings about the environmental crisis and humankind’s impact on the planet. She cultivates a “conscious wearing” approach, by creating jewellery which is passively impacted by the wearer’s touch. The aesthetics of her pieces and their materials (porcelain, silver wire, gold leaf) are strongly connected with the idea of impermanence, which the objects transmit through elegant, light and refined shapes. This alludes to the important changes that we constantly inflict on our planet; Katie asks us to reflect on the effects of our movements.

 

Interpretative text by Maddalena Bonato, Central Saint Martins, BA (Hons) Culture, Criticism & Curation

A recycled silver wire chain made up of circular links which must be stretched over the head in order to wear it. Therefore the wearer has an impact on the piece which also symbolises our impact on the planet. The wearer interacts closely with the piece as they put it on and stretch it to fit over their head.
Made out of gold leaf, these pieces are delicate shells which are easily squashed and torn. They each have a hollow side and a solid side, so it gives the illusion of being solid and strong from one angle but contrastingly fragile from the other.

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