Art is Rubbish

​Special thanks to my grandfather, his landlord, my father, and my boyfriend for their help with the consumption of Czech beer. It seem like their favourite was Gambrinus beer and those cans have become the sole foundation of the next necklace.

Compared to the previous piece, the sequin-placement in this one is much denser.

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Made in Prague, Czech Republic.

Ingredients: Gambrinus, steel wire, pig’s intestine.

Method: Punching, weaving.

Cooking time:  I stopped counting after 250 hours of punching can after can into sequins. It was around then I discovered that time is an invented concept.

Warning: May contain traces of other beverages.

Photographs (of finished piece): Ruth Tutty

Canfetti

I was done with jewellery. Strictly retired. And this time I meant it.

Three years ago, I came back to Czech Republic – if we can still call it that. I had just closed down my gallery in London and I returned home “with a bare ass” as my parents would say. Ahoj!

One month later, I was back working. Messing with various things I could find laying around. Then I grabbed a beer can and haven’t let go since. Like a dog with a bone. The communist worker genes went into overdrive. Work, work, work.

Cans were free and everywhere. Available in large quantities. Rubbish, and a whole lot of it. The endless supply gave me the ability to go big, make a series, or never run out of material. Free metal! Which was great because all I could afford was my time.

After three years of working on this project, I can say: Art is Rubbish. Sorry, what I meant to say was: Rubbish is Art.

I collected cans on the streets of Praha, hunting in parks any time there was a scorching hot day. I almost felt like a good citizen. Then my parents started to bring bags and bags of empty cans from the family and soon I couldn’t keep up. Too much rubbish. Fact.

My dad, now enjoying his retirement, started to also prefabricate pieces of cans to my needs. Pretty cool! Like I said, working genes. Anyone in my family can’t stop working even on a day off. Just weird. Vladimir Vostrovský: thank you!

Tools used: scissors, hammer, hole puncher

Whole lot of punched cans ready for final punching

Chopping boards look better now

Last round of punching before ready for execution

No idea of the final product at this point – certain things just cant be planned

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No game no shame

Finished object: Necklace. I don’t usually plan in advance – along the way I decide the approach I am going to take, or what the piece is going to be.

Made in Czech Republic: Prague.

Ingredients: Soda and beer cans.

Method: Punching and weaving.

Cooking time: Approximately 350 hours of solid labor, but who can be certain? A lot of the work is very repetitive, hammering away in the solitude of my workshop. I had to train my patience which in return took away my patience for reality. Time to get my hands dirty or clean?  Hands got some serious exercise during this project. Punching. The weaving was intense. Just hoping not to fuck up.

Warning: May contain traces of nuts.

Photographs (of finished piece): Ruth Tutty.


Potato

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Peter Marigold Vegetable light.

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Julie Usel Potato rings made solely out of potatoes.

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Peter Pink image from Inspire Fusion.

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Another image of Peter Pink’s work from I Support Street Art.

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Necklace made by me: Ingredients: potato sack, old vintage bracelet, washing up liquid ring, wrapped in Czech Republic.

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Juliette Warmenhoven Everyday growing collectie

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DIY Potato toys image from Fatherly.

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Chips box collaboration design project from Iceland image from Best Packaging.

Whiteout

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The Obliteration Room by Yaoi Kusama, images from Spoon & Tamago.

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Recycled Brooches by Mark Vaarwerk, images from Studio 20/17.

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Brooch “Foam Gold” by Peter Bauhuis.

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Brooch by Lina Peterson “carved in wood.”

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Mirjam Hiller “brooch oval red.”

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Another brooch by Mirjam Hiller, image from Galerie Ra.

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Necklace “buttons” – again by Mirjam Hiller, image from Art Aurea.

 

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Brooch by Bettina Dittlmann, image from V&A collection.

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Another Bettina Dittlmann brooch, image from Galerie Rosemarie Jäger.

 

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Brooch by me – steel binding wire and old pieces of jewellery.

 

 

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Brooches “Resin collection” by Coco Dunmire.

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Collage

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“Eggo” stool by German designer Sebastian Aumer picture from designboom.

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“Fabric project” by Swiss artist Stéphanie Baechler.

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Couture shoes by Dutch designer Marloes Ten Bhömer.

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Wrapped Book “Modern Art.” Image from Christie’s.

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Kiri-bag from designer Hikaru Yamaguchi by Dongurico image from spoon & tamago.

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Brooch by jewellery artist Peter Skubic image from the collection of the Met Museum.

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More brooches by Peter Skubic, photo by me at Schmuck.

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Rings by me, photo by Elisa Noguera.

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Ring by me.

Shellfish

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Brooch “Listening to Shells” by Aube Elléouët Breton picture from Tigerloaf.

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The most famous fish knife of Czechoslovakia, “little fish” made by company Mikov. Used predominantly for mushroom picking  – the Czech national sport. The knife is cheap and cheerful, with long lasting tradition of manufacture over 100 years.

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I used it for carving these willow pieces. Handy little thing.

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Brooch “Regalis” by Tanel Veenre.

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Poster design by Norito Shinmura. Images from Japanese design

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Glass bottle, 1st-2nd century AD, Roman (the Metropolitan Museum)

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Installation made of soy sauce bottles”untitled” and “tokyo electric” by Three studio

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How to wrap 5 eggs: artful packaging from Japan photo from Cool Tools