Imperfection1.0 Brief OutlineI intend to explore the imperfection associated with the process of developing a ring through wax moulding technique. My motivation for making wax moulded rings is the work of David Brooks on ‘imperfection’ in the book “Bobos in Paradise” that calls for uniqueness. The wax moulded rings are stronger, can be modified easily, and takes less time to make. Furthermore, it can be integrated with other materials such as beads. The materials to be used in the development of the rings include a wax, wax cutting system, sharpening file, scriber, rough file, ball bur, sand paper, strong thread, and beads. 2.0 Theoretical Background of the Project2.1 Ideas behind the workMy motivation for making wax moulded rings is based on the work of David Brooks on ‘imperfection’ in the book “Bobos in Paradise” that calls for uniqueness (Brooks 2010)The idea behind my work is the process of making the handmade jewellery.
Often the process entails the works of the bench jeweller and the gemstone setter. However, the whole process can be done by an individual or addition of a third party which in this case might be the specialist polisher.
The three techniques are usually combined to develop a piece of fine jewellery or a ring (Jogia 2008). In explanation, the bench jewellers’ work is to make the piece of jewellery through melting don the wax and giving it the preferred shape or through carving it. After which, it is the gemstone setter that sets the carved artwork and then the polisher polishes. The idea is opposed to the casting process that entails making a mould shape of the ring thus able to duplicate several rings of the same symmetry.
The benefit of making handmade jewels is that it is inherently stronger. In addition, it can be modified at the manufacturing stage to suite the need of the owner be it a lower setting or a narrow band. It can also be made within a short period of time as opposed to the casting process. In explanation, the casting factory might be in another city or having a working schedule while for moulding it can be done freelance. The moulded rings also have small ‘imperfections’ that makes them look unique.
Lastly, the designs to which the rings can be moulded are not limited and other materials can be mixed with the wax such as metals and beads. 2.2 Artists Relevant to the WorkSome of the artists that motivate my work are Karl Fritsch, Johanna Dahm, Jacqueline Cullen, and Gaetano Pesce. Karl Fritsch is an artist based in Munich who challenges the conventions of jewellery and sculpture making. His rings are read as the miniature sculptures which as often constructed intricately and finished coarsely (Ginnie day 2016).
Fritsch rings are marked by detected fingerprints, oxidised and rough finishes that convey the urgency of the materialization of the rings. He mixes the low and high materials giving an equal billing of glass gemstones, plastic pearls, rubies, and diamonds. Fritsch makes the sculptures wearable as rings thus creating unprecedented intimacy in his media from what was previously a static presentation. He also challenges the notion that sculpture can only be admired in a distance while jewellery is for mere decoration. Johann Dahm is also a designer of the imperfect jewels and a teacher.
She was born in Sweden, bred in South Africa, and now works and lives in Zurich or Intragna (Ornamentum). Dahm’s work entails open and investigative approach to art that has seen her develop exotic jewellery and exploring the light reflections and high technological processes. Her exceptional imperfection work has seen her win several awards. Jacqueline Cullen is a Briton and a designer who specialised in making the Whitby jet jewellery. Whitby Jet is a stone that is semi-precious which is in the form o hard and pure fossilised wood.
Cullen piece of work is inspired by nature and the imperfections and darkness of the stones. She combines the stones with diamonds and yellow gold to create elegant and sensual jewellery. Each of Cullen’s pieces is hand carved thus making even more ‘imperfect’. Lastly, Gaetano Pesce is an Italian architect and artist who use resin to develop highly original and unique ring. As a brilliant innovative designer, he is commonly known for his experimental resin work.