Thursday, November 11, 2010

I am a Bricoleur

Touchable series

Materials: thread, plastic mesh, acrylic paint, brass, copper, silver

Materials: irrigation pipe, thread

Materials: wooden bowl, irrigation pipe, thread, acrylic paint, paper
An aspect of bricolage is where people obtain objects from one culture or context and use it to create new sub-cultures or identies. A well known example of this would be the Punk movement where the safety pin became a form of decoration. Likewise, New Zealand Contemporary Jewelleries Bone, Stone, Shell movement hybridised materials and processes from across cultural divisions to give new connotations that essentially questioned issues of preciousness, the use of non-traditional materials and techniques, a concept which strongly influences my own practice.