When I first spotted K/LLER Collection‘s set of engraved brass nails, they seemed more like antique objets d’art than wearable accessories; the sheer decadence of wearing heavy, gleaming, ornate metal nails seemed performative and decidedly un-contemporary, more fitting for Marie Antoinette or ancient empresses. Visually, I was immediately reminded of golden finger and toe tips used by ancient Egyptians used to wrap hands and feet of mummies, and because I was convinced that the brass nails had to have been inspired by an earlier prototype, I decided to dig a bit into the history of precious nail adornments. As I learned, nail guards and covers pop up throughout the world’s history. For example, guards made with metal, filigree and inlaid stones were quite popular among Chinese nobles during the Qing dynasty: worn on just a few fingers, nail covers displayed the wealth of their owner through fine materials and workmanship while their shape signified their owners’ inability to perform manual labor.
During my search, I amassed a small collection of intricate, bizarre, and beautiful nail extensions and adornments – from all over the world and spanning thousands of years – which you can view below.
[Image Credits: Finger stalls: King Tut's Tomb and New Kingdom Tomb, via The Met; Qing nail covering photos from Cambridge Anthropology Museum, Michael Backman, MIT and Mharrsch; Nail ring by Anna-Sara Davik; terra cotta hand via The Met; Chanel rings; Thai images Jenny Buccos and Google Images; Crazy black nail contraption, cover photo of Nailed.]
Mourning jewelry constructed with human hair – both woven and incorporated into metal pieces – was extremely popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in commemorating the death of loved ones. As it turns out, however, hair jewelry still has quite an internet following, as evidenced by groups like the Victorian Hairwork Society….
SANG BLEU LINE: “Paper Weight — Genre-defining Magazines 2000 to Now” at the HAUS DER KUNST in Münich this Summer
SANG BLEU IS HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF OUR NEW LINE!
WE WILL BE PRESENTING A SELECTION OF PIECES MADE IN COLLABORATION WITH A SERIES OF ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS AT THE HAUS DER KUNST IN MÜNICH BETWEEN JULY 12 AND OCTOBER 27 THIS YEAR.
Paper Weight — Genre-defining Magazines 2000 to Now
A fresh look at independent publishing in the twenty-first century that focuses on 17 international, independent magazines that have originated over the past 13 years. Each stands out as a forerunner of broader cultural shifts or movements. Including publications like “032c”, “Apartamento”, “Bidoun”, “BUTT”, “Candy”, “Encens”, and “Sang Bleu”, the exhibition’s selected magazines treat subjects as varied as architecture, art, design, fashion, food, and sex. Yet, rather than specifically catering to visible demand, these titles have imagined new and unexpected demographics that transcend their general topics. Often driven by the vision (and obsessions) of a strong personality, each of these magazines is visually engaging, presents distinctive viewpoints, and innovatively rethinks the potential of the magazine as a medium in the new media landscape. Curated by Felix Burrichter, the editor and creative director of “PIN–UP” magazine, the exhibition provides an insider’s perspective on the independent publishing world, while also exploring the larger cultural significance of these niche products. Represented as a collection of oversize, walk-through magazines, each publication is illustrated and situated within its specific cultural context in an exhibition designed by the Athens-based artist and architect Andreas Angelidakis.
Key by Cottweiler.
A specter at the Geneva International Airport, or the COMPLICATED process of making our bodies and our desire our own.
In collaboration with the London-based jewellery designer Andrew Bunney, Dover Street Market London presents an exhibition of photographs from the British photographer Derek Ridgers. Selected prints will be on display alongside exclusively commissioned pieces by Bunney, complementing the iconic image maker’s documentation of British youth culture through the 70s and 80s.
Opening at 5pm on June 7th until June 21st 2012.