Celebrating Twenty Years at Salts Mill
A Fantastical Array of International Art Jewellery

14th July - 25th Sept 2016

Trade Bead – necklace from layered textile threads soaked in resin and then carved

Trade Bead – necklace from layered textile threads
soaked in resin and then carved

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Esther Suares Ruiz

Esther Suárez Ruiz creates pendants based of 15th century Venetian trade beads, intrinsically inexpensive objects that were used by early European explorers in Africa and the Americas in exchange for considerable wealth. Layered textile treads soaked in resin are carved to reveal an inner structure of colours, textures and patterns. These bead or baton pendants refer, in their subtle complexity, to the early trade beads and exude the fascination they had on their recipients who chose to elevate them to mythical objects given them by their ancestors.

Biographical Details

20/20 Featuring work by twenty International Art Jewellers:
Carina Shoshtary, Germany; Sophie Hanagarth, Switzerland/France; Tithi Kutchamuch, Thailand;
Yojae Lee, South Korea; Jing Yang, China; Hee-ang Kim, South Korea; Deborah Rudolph, Germany;
Akiko Kurihara, Japan; Christoph Straube, Germany; Esther Suares Ruiz, Colombia; Ignasi Cavaller, Spain; Julia Baudler, Germany; Niklas Link, Germany; Thanh Truc Nguyen, Germany; Nils Hint, Estonia;
Patricia Domingues
, Portugal; Makiko Mitsunari, Japan; Lucie Houdkova, Czech Republic;
Klara Sipkova
, Czech Republic; Julie Decubber, France.