The 3 women redefining statement jewellery
Away from the rush of the paparazzi and front row shenanigans that is Amazon India Fashion Week, there are the many design and style-based expositions cropping up over the capital. One stand-out show is undoubtedly Adorning, curated by Sharan Apparao and held at the Apparao Gallery in New Delhi.
On display is concept contemporary jewellery better articulated as miniature artworks—from a sculptural-necklace adaptation by Satish and Alpana Gujral, to architectural blueprints translated into wearable art by architect Niels Schoenfelder with the atelier Vastrakala—these pieces have all been created by a motley crew of 15 Indian and international multi-disciplinary artists. Vogue highlights our favourites:
Re-interpreting Gender Inequality with Eina Ahluwalia
Kolkata-based Ahluwalia has dressed celebrities across the world and is known for her ability to innovate beautiful jewellery. But apart from creating stunning pieces, her work is deeply emotional and socially aware. With brooches that highlight female infanticide and rings that embody the fear of terrorism—Eina’s bold feminism and fine craftsmanship cuts through each piece on display.
Interpreting Identity Politics with Masooma Syed
The Pakistani artist believes that the worn art object has great potential to dialogue on human connectedness. She believes that it becomes a bodily expression. By stripping jewellery off its familiar codes and materials (think mixing silver with human nails), she creates objects that challenge conventional mores.
Subverting Tradition with Anvita Jain
Based in the Czech Republic, Jain is an Associate Lecturer of Graphic Design at Prague College and co-owns a hybrid space Jain&Kriz that showcases contemporary craft. Her work upturns the notion of jewellery as the cultural signifier of status, and plays with precious and, mundane objects and materials to create contemporary pieces.