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SO MINT! Contemporary Self-Portraiture by Ruby Mellish

Central Saint Martins, London '21

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


Ruby’s collection draws on her personal experience of isolation. Deprived of external inspiration, Ruby became her own muse, questioning her own perception of identity through the image of her eye. Her eyepieces subvert conventions of traditional self-portraiture by enabling the wearer to see from the artist’s perspective. Viewing the human eye as a vessel of “the self”, Ruby uses acetate to allow the wearer’s face to become part of each piece. By gradually distorting her eye, she shows the inability to truly capture the self, which is constantly fluctuating, inherently personal.


Interpretative text by Moa Jegnell, BA (Hons) Culture, Criticism and Curation



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