Winner

Incorporation of Hammermen Prize

School of Design Silversmithing & Jewellery

Kristina Merchant

Conceptual and narrative-led artworks that engage the viewer in playful perceptions on material preciousness, is the focus of this series of works. The collection Vision of Beauty is a narrative jewellery-mise-en-scène themed scour of the street. These pieces are imbued with realism and materiality. The objects and jewellery pieces highlight a message on societal norms of littering single-use plastic and disregarded objects found along the cracks of the concrete pavement. From the most littered item on earth, the cigarette filter, to pavement pennies, these pieces aim to spark a conversation about what is considered precious material, but with a humorous intention.

 

 

Featured image by Shannon Tofts

Photography by Jessica Wishart

Modelled by Jenny Wilson, Daniel Cox

 

Contact
kristinamerchantdesign@gmail.com
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Works
Marlboro Gold
Gum Behind the Ear
Scour the Street
Wrigley’s
Pavement Pennies

Marlboro Gold

Amber has not only a similar tonal range of the cigarette filter, but has a history of being used in the mouthpieces of a smoking pipe. Its material quality is easy to carve into different forms, such as straights, stubbed out, or stood on.  Each piece uses a silver sheet that is rolled down paper-thin and then hand-formed to mimic the action of rolling a cigarette. Using the technique of keum-boo to add gold into these pieces.

Ashtray

Amber, silver, 24k gold.

Ashtray

Materials: Amber, silver, 24k gold.
For Sale: Left: £300.00 Right: £350

Ashtray

Amber, silver, 24k gold.

Cigarette brooch & Gum Behind the Ear

Amber, silver, gold stud, bone

Cigarette & Wrigley's gum brooches

Materials: Amber, bone, silver
For Sale: Crumpled cigarette pin Material: Amber, silver Price: £310.00, Flattened straight cigarette Material: Amber, silver Price: £410.00, Wrigleys brooch Material: Silver, bone Price: £505.00

Cigarette brooch

Materials: Amber, silver,

Ashtray

Materials: Amber, bone, silver, 24k gold

Ashtray

Materials: Amber, bone, silver, 24k gold
For Sale: £175.00

Gum Behind the Ear

This piece highlights the idea of reuse. The chewing gum is replicated by repurposing object that use buffalo bone already such as, game counters, guitar saddles and old letter opener.

Gum Behind The Ear - Gum Earring

Materials: Gold stud, bone
For Sale: Price: £175.00

Scour the Street

Scour the street

Materials: Amber, bone, tape, silver, 24k gold
For Sale: Stubbed out cigarette pin Material: Amber, silver Price: £350.00 Puddle marlboro gold brooch Material: 24k, 18k, 9k gold, silver, amber Price: £750.00 Chewing gum wrapper pin Material: silver, bone, tape Price: £275.00

Scour the street

Materials: Amber, bone, tape, silver, 24k gold

Wrigley’s

This piece is a playful approach to recreating chewing gum by looking back at the iconic Wrigley’s zig-zags gum wrappers.

Wrigley's - Zig-zag earring

Materials: silver, bone

Wrigley's - zig-zag earring

Materials: silver, bone
For Sale: Price: £175.00

Pavement Pennies

The design process to make these wearable bottle caps use a hydraulic press to form each badge in many varieties realistically. I’ve reinterpreted recognisable brand logos that have a play on words with an amusing perspective.

Pavement pennies

Materials: Oxidised enamelled copper, laser decal
For Sale: Pin - £77.00 Badge - £88.00