Arts Thread: Israeli Gallery Showcases Hearts And Flowers In Modern Jewelry

Drawing on romantic and floral motifs throughout history, seven graduate jewelry makers in Tel Aviv exhibit their contemporary interpretations.


Freshly Cut/ Lin Cheung, ‘Silver Poppy’

Floral and heart motifs are omnipresent in jewelry design. From the Neoclassical jewelry of the late 1700s through to the Art Nouveau movement straight up to modern day accessories, the romantic connotations of these motifs have proven to be a timeless source of inspiration for both the designer and the wearer. For ‘Freshly Cut’ at Gallery Complete, Tel Aviv, seven jewelry makers have explored the aesthetic possibilities of these themes and produced their own contemporary interpretations.

Lin Cheung will be exhibiting her conceptual ‘Silver Poppy’ brooches which she created from clay impressions taken from various sites of shrapnel damage from the Second World War. The pieces represent both war and peace and act as reminders of the devastation that can be caused by conflict.


Attai Chen, ‘Untitled’/ Rory Hooper, ‘Crushed Rings’

Attai Chen combined discarded materials such as paper, paint, coal, linen and silver into his beautiful necklace which captures the patterns found in the cycles of growth and decay.

Another designer to keep an eye out for at the exhibition is Rory Hooper with his silver ‘Crushed’ rings created from cast off jewelry. Rory collected old and new jewelry pieces which included heart and flower motifs before smashing and hammering them into strange, abstract shapes.

‘Freshly Cut’ is open from the 10th November – 9th December 2011 at Gallery Complete, Tel Aviv then from the 8th February – 14th April 2012 at Flow Gallery, London.

[Written by Calum Ross. Originally published on the Arts Thread blog. Republished with kind permission.]

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