Friday, July 20, 2012

Guest Star #94/Beyond Fashion Week Part 5...Tine De Ruysser

Today's Guest Star is Tine De Ruysser, a Belgian jeweler who currently has a solo exhibition on view at Beyond Fashion.  The work is made of real money from around the word, meticulously folded into chains, bracelets, and brooches. As Tine says in her artist statement, the work is "just origami" but also explains that it's really much more than that. Jewelry can be a valuable object based on monetary value. It can also have perceived value and often has sentimental value. Tine presents jewelry with it's monetary value exposed and the viewer can't help but think differently about jewelry. The collection, "Banknote Jewelry," also inspired Tine's "World Money Project" which further questions money and value and asks for help from a greater audience. One other really interesting thing about Tine: she has a PhD from the Royal College of Art in London. Her research focused on a combination metal and textiles folding material she invented. You can read about it here.

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