Uncherised Gifts in Bratislava!

This October the Campaign for Objects in Purgatory went on a journey to Sperkstret International Jewellery Symposium in Bratislava, Slovakia.  Julia gave a lecture about the Campaign and her practice as a jewellery designer, and ran a (very informal!) workshop exploring uncherished gifts, in the cosy café next to the Academy of Art and Design.


We had some good discussions about creating value in objects, and also about how we deal with stuff that we don’t value.  Sperkstret was a great opportunity to meet other jewellery artists and think creatively together. 


One participant told us about her Mum, for whom receiving gifts is an integral part of her job as a doctor.  After years of putting up with unwanted gifts, she started to request useful things in exchange for her support and expertise, like vegetables from the garden, or eggs from the chicken. She realised that she could break the unspoken rules of gift giving, and in doing so she has turned a dysfunctional system for accumulating things into a productive personal economy!


There were some inspirational talks given by jewellery artists, such as Jorge Manilla.  He showed some moving images from Mexican culture, such as votive offerings.  He uses with imagery that deals unequivocally with emotional extremes. Here's his website: http://www.jorgemanilla.com/Collections/

© Julia Keyte 2012