Early May in London means Collect at the Saatchi Gallery.
I was particularly excited to go as one of my tutors from the Vannetta Seecharran School of Jewellery, the amazingly talented Katrin Spranger, was exhibiting.
Katrin is interested in natural resources in decline and explores that in combination with ideas about body adornment. In the past she has worked with crude oil. Her Collect installation, The Future of Apis Mellifera, highlighted the decline of the honey bee that is responsible for pollinating so many fruits and vegetables that we take for granted. Don’t ask me how, but - using a 3D printer, she created an amazing display of jewellery made entirely from honey – and it wasn’t the least bit sticky-looking. Google it if you don’t believe me!
There was jewellery on display from other makers based around the world as well. A lot was a bit too wacky for my liking, but it’s always fun to see how other makers approach different materials. As I walked into one of the rooms I was a little surprised to see most of the jewellery I saw at the Mima in Middlesbrough only weeks before… Oh well, if I hadn’t gone there I wouldn’t have been able to say I’ve visited the metropolis of Middlesbrough!
On the other floors of the gallery were plenty of glass, ceramics and wood. The Japanese never cease to amaze me. Their (more often than not) stripped back designs are so beautiful. Just looking at some of the designs made me feel calm and at peace.
My only gripe with Collect is that a lot of it felt very repetitive. Many of the galleries that exhibited last year did so again and that’s fair enough – but I wish they’d had some pieces by new talent on show. The majority of the work I saw in the same exact spot when I visited in 2014.
Imagery: Works by Niyoko Ikuta, Yoshiro Kimura, Louis Thompson, Junko Narita