Sterling silver, patina, 22k gold leaf, resin, 4 L x 2.5 W x 3.5 H cm (approx), 2020. Size 6.5
Much like beauty, camp is in the eye of the beholder. Bloom 4 ring and its ‘relatives’ is inspired by the symmetrical quatrefoil (a frame consisting of four overlapping circles) commonly seen in Gothic and Islamic architecture. Within traditional fine jewellery, I am acutely aware of the iconic quatrefoil featured in the Alhambra collection by maison Van Cleef & Arpels, an inspiration that seeped into this ring. Is Bloom 4 trying to be a historical, architectural detail or an appropriation of iconic fine jewellery using humble and accessible materials?
Jewellery is uniquely suited to camp; like a chameleon, jewellery can “change” colour through surface treatments like patinas or metal leaf (both of which can wear off) or be made with a plethora of niche and novel materials and techniques.
Bloom 4 ring celebrates artifice, bigness, boldness, and exaggerated elegance.