Did anyone go to the pearls exhibition in the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013?
Well, this was my response that was being sold along side the exhibition at the Friday Night Lates. My intention was to recreate a sense of where the pearl came from; which is actually a pretty grotesque-looking, fleshy pouch inside an oyster and in itself is a reaction to an infection or foreign body. In essence: A Fishy Gallstone.
My piece consisted of trying to simulate this effect over the pearls. In brief, it is an asymmetric long barrel catch that falls across half of the neck with oddly-spaced pearls along cotton coming from the tub-like-structured clasp that is coated in silicone to create a flexible, see-through, fleshy casing.
What I failed to realise during the whole design process was that there is another meaning for a “pearl necklace” that also could be interpreted by using a translucent, white silicone substance. So when the V&A curators quickly pointed this out to me, I pretended it was also part of my brief. Sorry, if you’re reading this- it wasn’t. (Perhaps a hint to why sales were dwindling a little…)
Admittedly the second image was not for the V&A but it IS a pearl-themed earring so I’ve lumped it in here! This one is a unisex geometric ‘pearl’ that creates a modern take on a tudor style. Orders for this [NON-SILICONE] piece can be requested through my email on the contact page of this website.