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SO MINT! Inside/Outside – And All Between by Teresa Alton Borgelin

Konstfack University of Arts, Stockholm '19

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

In different ways in society we are fed with information on how we should look, behave and to be successful. This may create expectations which could cause negative emotions, like worries and anxiety. These emotions are often seen as a weakness and therefore hidden away on the inside of the body. On the outside, jewellery, make-up and clothes can be used to to create a beautiful facade to communicate to others that everything is fine. In my work I use corn starch and its qualities to symbolise unwanted negative emotions and to visualise what happens when these emotions are put upon us both by ourselves and others and becomes too big, takes over the body and you loose control. You will see me trying to handle the material and make it into something beautiful as a necklace, and at the same time continuing with my morning routines, preparing before going outside.

The aim of my project is to raise thoughts about complex emotions, norms in society and to investigate what jewellery is or could be by using an untraditional material to make a necklace that will only last for a second.

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