Marina Stanimirovic

Royal College of Art – Effe Kijken 4 / Let’s Have a Look IV

18 December 2011 until 29 February 2012

Royal College of Art London

Effe Kijken 4 / Let’s Have a Look IV – Give and Take

jewellery and objects

Sofie Boons, Ambre Cardinal, Anabela Chan, Eunhyuk Choi, Margaux Clavel, Phylicia Gilijamse, Raluca Grada, Jennifer Gray, Thahoura Mona Hadinejad, Joanna Hemsley, Tanvi Kant, Nina Khazani, Ha-Na Kim, Ha-Yeon Wha Lee, Joohuyn Lee, Jung-Hsuan Liang, Emelica Lidman, Sophie Main, Lyla Adrienne Marsol, Alice Patricia McLean, Emma Montague, Evelie Mouila, Joo Hyung Park, Izzy Parker, Hollie Paxton, Molly Perrin, Hannah Louise Pittman, Haxun Qiu, Jelka Quintelier, Inderjeet Sandhu, Laurie Schram, Kerry Seaton, Kuntee Sirikrai, Marina Stanimirovic, James Stoklund, Julie Usel, Kia Utzon-Frank, Sarah Vedel Hurtigkarl, Joanne Wardrop, Daniel Woodford, Tian Hong Zhang, Danyi Zhu.

For this RCA / Galerie Marzee project all students got an off-the-shelf jeweller’s ring box. It was up to the students what to do with it, where you take it… there was only one rule : everything should happen inside the box, the students could not change the exterior in any way. And the box must be wrapped in an A4 size piece of paper [or similar material] that doubles as an ideas worksheet summarizing in text and images the students’ journey towards the piece contained in the box.


Sofie Boons
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, gold, diamond
16 x 13 x 1 mm

The gold price has reached historical heights over the past few months. If you had bought some gold in 1941 you would only be able to buy 27% of the same amount of gold today. To visualize this I scaled a traditional ring. This ring is now worth the same amount of money as the full size ring you could have bought in 1941. The diamond that once fitted in the ring, doesn’t fit anymore.


Ambre Cardinal
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, sustain steel, suede
45 x 30 x 30 mm

Because innovation is not only hidden in new technologies, because we can reveal rough material delicacy, because to tie up is fastened, because today’s women want a little object to comprise a lot, because we always expect more, I thought BIG


Anabela Chan
Give and Take
jewellery box, Historia Naturalis, 2011, copper plated organic form
38 x 60 x 30 mm

Historia Naturalis
A piece of holly carried as a charm brings luck and enhances dreams.
When planted, it repels poison, lightning and evil spells.
The scarlet berries are poisonous to humans, yet are treasured by wild birds and animals in the woods.
In mythical folklores of the past, the holly tree is one of the sacred trees of witchcraft, it is taken into the homes in winter to shelter from elves and fairies.
The holly is associated with life, death and rebirth. It is believed to help a person’s ability to cope with death and brings peaceful dreams.


Eunhyuk Choi
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, sterling silver, stainless steel
36 x 44 x 42 mm

An object, which is made and used by someone or involuntarily existed by someone, acts as an author’s or its effect. The object in the small box, which has its own effect, functions itself. The effect is not confined in the small box, spreading far away. It fills in a larger space and further influences observers. The effect of an object resembles with scent, because it is neither direct nor concrete. The scent flows into the air and reaches someone, making people remind something, or just disappears in his or her mind.


Margaux Clavel
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, rhodium plated silver, magic candle, gold leaf, jewellery box
35 x 22 x 17 mm

Give and Take: one of the most basic interactions in life. Birth is given to us but life can be taken from us anytime. As sudden as this box can be closed. A Magic Cancle: doesn’t blow out easily. As we often struggle until our last breath. Until the light goes out. Until the box is closed. A magic candle to celebrate 70 years of life. A platinum cover to celebrate 70 years of self-marriage.


Phylicia Gilijamse
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, gold, brass, perspex
20 x 40 x 41 mm

My jewellery box contains false expectations. It’s about waiting for something and when it happens, it is not at all as you expected it to be. Or the thing you hoped would happen might not happen at all and you’ve been waiting for nothing. The Gold could make the viewer anticipate something big will occur, but when the pin on the side is turned one could feel let down.


Raluca Grada
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, silicon
161 x 142 x 0.1 mm

It is only with age that one becomes aware of youth as a value in itself. There is no intention to make the passing of time reversible, rather pay respect to youth by wearing it as a rare gift. It surpasses in value and replaces precious materials, becoming one itself. The young skin represents the perfection of the material youth.


Jennifer Gray
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, diamond, 9ct white gold, granite stone
41 x 32 x 20 mm

Often in nature objects of beauty are hidden and embedded in rock and can only be discovered with naturally occurring shifts in landscapes or through human efforts to extract. For her birthday I am gifting Marzee with a humble lump of stone. From this she must use force to extract the diamond in the rough.


Thahoura Mona Hadinejad
Give and Take
“Clarence King”, jewellery box, 2011, gold, silver
325 x 20 x 5 mm

“Borderline is ambivalent and indefinite. It is not this but maybe that. It is a new beginning and at the same time an ending.”


Joanna Hemsley
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, white metal
28 x 25 x 6 mm

‘Charm is a product of the unexpected’ Jose Marti
I want to make objects that do more than what is expected of them. I am inspired by mechanics and motion in any form and draw inspiration from both movements in the natural world and those of engineered machines. I am concerned with the consequences of my objects, that is, the reaction they illicit from those who experience them. I aim to inject playfulness and surprise into mundane and ‘expected’ forms to bring an unexpected moment of delight to the wearer or just put a smile on their face. ‘Take me’ plays on the expectations of a conventional ring box and the assumption that a ring lies within it. When opened the expected ring is revealed. But the motion of lifting it from the box triggers the unexpected from this expected form and animates the act of taking. ‘Take me’ is given but it is complete only when taken.


Tanvi Kant
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, human hair, precious metal thread, gold wire, horse hair, cotton threads
110 x 23 x 19 mm

Threads. Symbolic connections between textile and human life-cycle. Strands of hair from my 3 childhood friends, 3 members of my family and 3 new friends, also my peers.


Nina Khazani
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, gold plated silver, silver, concrete
28 x 25 x 19 mm

The earth itself helps, till one by one each claims a soul, and bursts free into the air, breathing and giving breath.


Ha-Na Kim
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, silver, cubic zirconia, steel, chrome plate, black silk
44 x 30 x 5 mm

Part A ‘A’ will lead to ‘B’. A wind-up key that sets in motion a journey and flight to hypnotise and mesmerise. Light, movement and sound a transfixing machine. The flickering fractured fluorescence in a dim lit room, the nocturnal rhythmic ‘tick’ and ‘tock’ of the clock to send you deeper, your swaying gaze and doe-eyed lids bring you closer… But let us first begin with Part A.


Ha-Yeon Wha Lee
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, concrete, mild steel, stainless steel, glass, red brick, 9ct gold
67 x 46 x 72 mm

Same same but smaller


Joohuyn Lee
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, mother of pearl, carved glass
13 x 40 x 40 mm

I give you O, You take O in box, O reflects onto you ,You reflect onto O, Please let O stay with you, until O becomes part of you, Until I become part of you.


Jung-Hsuan Liang
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, gold plated copper, polyester
460 x 49 x 67 mm

I’m a thinker, open to different cultures, express them through objects and visual art; I’m also a traveller.
This time, I’m presenting a gift out of the box.


Emelica Lidman
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, wax, ink, graphite, brass, silver
25 x 20 x 15 mm

A trinity of dust, liquid and solid; Materials imprinting each other, marking the surface of the skin.
In the daytime we collect transparent marks in the shape of: Signs, effects, and notion. When the nighttime comes they slowly transform themselves into dreams.


Sophie Main
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, tyvek, silver, patinated metal washer, embroidery thread, glass headed pins, ring box, polaroid
35 x 210 x 140 mm

Cultural and colourful connections joined with pin-point accuracy.


Lyla Adrienne Marsol
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, silk thread, cotton thread
22 x 42 x 40 mm


Alice Patricia McLean
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, gold ink, pigment
40 x 47 x 52 mm

Important Documents When touching what seems like an empty box, you realise it is in fact an inkpad that marks you. Instinct is to remove the stain and place it elsewhere, leaving evidence and documentation of interaction with the piece.


Emma Montague
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, empty euro coin set in black gold plated sovereign ring
30 x 27 x 27 mm

The Heir to my Overdraft


Evelie Mouila
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, rubber balloon, brass
100 x 45 x 50 mm

The box is where you put your precious object. My balloon is big because it captures your breath.


Joo Hyung Park
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, silver, tin alloy
18 x 23 x 23 / 9 x 23 x 23 mm

A void in a ring exists for a reason. It tells us how to wear it and where to enter. It needs to be filled with human body, and by putting a finger through the void, it can be verified as a wearable ring. Here is a question. When a void of a ring is filled with something else, how would you take it? The indication of how to wear it and the verification as a wearable ring have disappeared. What will you do? Will you still call it a piece of jewellery? When you are told not to do something, it makes you want to do it even more and that is the basics of human psychology. What is given to you is a ring which does not allow you to wear it, and then, how would you take it?


Izzy Parker
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, silver plated gilding metal, silk
65 x 47 x 73 mm

Nothing, something & everything. Using the restricted dimensions of the brief I distort the the user’s expectation of size and scale, challenging the user to consider their own boundaries of perception, spatial judgment and awareness.


Hollie Paxton
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, silver
27 x 36 x 2 mm

Dear Marie-José, I have sent you a heart, but be careful. If it’s not handled with care, all that will be left is tears. All my heart, Hollie Paxton.


Molly Perrin
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, freshwater pearls, string, adhesive, elastic, silver, generic jewellery box, ink, silk
43 x 24 x 4 mm

70 is an age where you can at once dispence pearls of wisdom and remember that you are never too old to have fun.


Hannah Louise Pittman
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, jewellery box, sharks teeth, gold plate, silver, cubic zirconia
69 x 47 x 71 mm

My project has been developed from the game, “Would you rather…?” in which you are presented a hypothetical question with two impossible answers to choose from as both result in something embarrassing or dangerous. However you must choose and answer which one you would rather do…The piece explores the concept of confronting fears & desires and preciousness & phobias.


Haxun Qiu
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, silver, paper
30 x 80 x 47 mm

The Mind Box


Jelka Quintelier
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, wood, silver, silk pearl thread, felt, leather
341 x 47 x 65 mm

The jewellery box to me is a little shelter for a wonderful treasure. In this sense I want to place something in the box that I would want to keep and give to someone else. Today’s crowded and fast-moving cities got me thinking about my little childhood hideaway in the forest. Every now and then we just need to get away from it all. Moreover go to an enchanted place beyond the reach of time. Clear our heads. Get a peace of mind. Re-connect with our inner self. The box contains a hidden world which can only be revealed once you open it. A hideaway is a little world inside of another world, often hidden or secret. But not all hideaways are material. The human mind is very mobile. Sometimes we wander off to another atmosphere or place in our heads with just little inspiration. This idea of mobile living, a place called home everywhere you go, is on every contemporary nomads mind.


Inderjeet Sandhu
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, silk organza with digital print
ca. 1000 x 630 x 690 mm

With my concept I explored volumes and the idea of the packaging around the box. I also found the idea of an empty locket very interesting. The volume that at one point is merged with the box is too big to be contained in a small locket, so it’s not possible to really carry it around with you. It’s kept somewhere else and the locket is more of a remembrance of the object it can’t contain.


Laurie Schram
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, fine silver, sterling silver, wax
31 x 38 x 37 mm

I was given a box and I filled it with ring… The concept was simple: to create volume to fill as much of the box as possible while retaining the function as a ring and the ability to close the box. The form is a result of this aim, no more and no less. Electro forming the piece allowed me to fill the space with a minimum amount of silver, what looks like a lot is not very much at all…


Kerry Seaton
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, recycled 9ct yellow gold
67 x 47 x 72 mm

A nod to the mustard seed.
Recycled 9ct Yellow gold mustard seeds with a fine pierced hole to enable threading onto string, to Take + Give one (or some) to friends and family, like a seeds its function is dispersal to a new location – extreme portability.


Kuntee Sirikrai
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, glass, silver, copper
400 x 23 x 35 mm

Beautiful Imprison Marriage also comes with commitment. The relationship, promise and sworn words make two people belong together. There is obligation in your mind, taking some of your freedom.
It’s not a bad thing because many people like the feeling when they belong to someone. I was trying to explore the symbolic of no freedom due to non-existing commitment. Chain and ball remind me how to imprison. The heart and relationship are compared to a ball which make you stuck with another person.
Inside the heart there’s the key that represents the freedom. A transparent breakable heart is an invisible commitment which the receiver could break it when she doesn’t want or could not take it anymore and she will get a freedom.


Marina Stanimirovic
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, silver, human hair
67 x 47 x 72 mm

Do You Want to Dance? Metaphor for human and physical relationships, Tango is a way to discover bodies listening. This box is an invitation to a dialogue between two bodies, a game of oscillating from strength to fragility, where the limits between fear and pleasure are mingled.


James Stoklund
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, paper, plastic, 9ct gold
55 x 47 x 115 mm

A ring for tea To open a jewelry box is a surprising moment. What kind of jewelry is inside? And what does the jewelry look like? As a starting point I decided the jewelry box should not contain a piece of jewelry or that the jewellery inside should have another function. I like the idea of that when you open the box you expect to see a piece of jewelry and thus the surprise becomes greater when the box contains something else. In a way you change the function of the box when it does not contain what you expect. A jewelry box’s function is to store a piece of jewelry from the shop and to its new owner, and then it is hidden away or thrown out. I want to get more yields from the box and give it more value by using it, and therefore I have explored the box functionality and given it a new feature by transforming it to something new. I also want to give box wrapping more value, so that I get as much yield from the materials I have available.


Julie Usel
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, copper, silver shim
37 x 30 x 15 mm

I try to express personal feelings such as anxiety, into objects that wish to be jewellery.


Kia Utzon-Frank
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, plastic, gel2root, seeds, moss, epoxy glue, silver
95 x 70 x 96 mm

Two rings. Two individuals. A comment on life and ‘growing apart’ while questioning the real valuables. Jewellery has a strong symbolic and economic value. What happens when you take the economic factor out of a ring in a ring box and are left with the symbolism only? What is important for life? To keep this box alive it needs a minimum of water. If you close the box, it’ll die. If it’s given the right care, it’ll tell you a story in return. A simple story of life and death and relationships. No one can control what happens. I just started it. Then life takes over.


Sarah Vedel Hurtigkarl
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, found objects, string, tin solder
140 x 31 x 32 mm

Think Big: Give and Take *As a maker I am breathing life into objects surrounding me. For me spoon is a symbol of giving and the fork a symbol for taking…


Joanne Wardrop
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, sterling silver, 18ct gold, the voice of my Yiayia (Grandma)
29 x 39 x 15mm

Pandora’s Box. My favourite childhood story, told to me by my Cypriot Mother as the ultimate symbol of curiosity, fear and the unknown. My piece attempts to encapsulate hope; this miniscule, quiet, nearly forgotten spirit, in this generic ring box. When the box is opened, a tiny silver, engraved crow automaton is found inside. Its eyes light up, its mouth moves, and the soothing voice of my Grandmother speaks to you, reading one of seven fragments of hope (one for each sin).


Daniel Woodford
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, silver, gold plate, black paint
31 x 21 x 21 mm

“As space is linked inherently with consciousness, could this form’s subtle up-rise in popular culture be a manifestation of our new waking states during this unbalanced time in history?” Sacred geometry is a language that passes though every part of our subconscious. It is the constant between our thoughts, feelings and experience. The ring’s black paint symbolises present cultures, narcotic states of being. Behind it is the form of the ‘Icosahedron’. If you research this deeply, cross reference what you find, you will understand why this is important.


Tian Hong Zhang
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, freshwater pearls silk bead cords, gold filled chains
330 x 330 x 3 mm

I have always been interested in designing an experience through the concept of modularity and interaction. For this exhibition, I want to create something that exists beyond the dimension the box with the participation of the wearer. My intention is to reinvent the traditional stranded pearl necklace by introducing a new relationship between each pearl in a piece of jewellery. My work explodes, challenges and reinvestigates the traditional forms and application of pearl in jewellery.


Danyi Zhu
Give and Take
jewellery box, 2011, brass, glass, magnets, ferrofluid
30 x 41 x 41 mm

A human knee bone leads me to think about the relationship between people. Magic power is shown in the box by playful magnets. Feeling the strength, feel the life.

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