Celebrating Twenty Years at Salts Mill
20/20
A Fantastical Array of International Art Jewellery

14th July - 25th Sept 2016

Travels with my Spoon – brooch in oxidised silver. Photo Credit: Narut Vatanopas

Travels with my Spoon – brooch in oxidised silver.
Photo Credit: Narut Vatanopas

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Tithi Kutchamuch

Growing up, I don’t remember a time when we didn’t have some sort of animal in the house. At one point we even had peacocks, hedgehogs and a gibbon ape.

I made the first jewellery collection, A Secret Friend, when I was living in London. It was a few months after finding out my dog (in Bangkok) had passed away. Each of my other collections tell different stories.

I realised from a very early stage that my jewellery is a medium to document my thoughts or life experiences, at a period of time, in a three dimensional form.

Since "Reincarnation" (2008-2009) I've collected disposable spoons from everywhere I visit in the world.

I heated up these spoons, altering their shapes and using them to replace the wax in lost wax casting* process.

By transforming them using precious metals the integrity of the spoon is re-written, its new life is born. This way the object that could be considered trash becomes valuable forever; disposable becomes collectable: the mass produced becomes a unique one-off.

*Lost wax casting is a process through which wax models are immersed in plaster, the wax is then burnt out and molten metal is poured into the resulting cavity.

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.