Making Faces - A Jewellery Playbook

Making Faces - A Jewellery Playbook

Join us Tuesday 13 November for the launch of MAKING FACES - A Jewellery Playbook – an exhibition and book by MADA Lecturer Manon van Kouswijk.

From a beaded object that looks like a face to an abstract ornament that frames the face: Am I wearing you or are you wearing me? MAKING FACES - A Jewellery Playbook is a new project by Manon van Kouswijk that consists of 65 necklaces and an artist publication in which their multiple appearances are revealed. It is also designed as a manual, both a how-to guide and an invitation to the audience to create their own faces and other forms with the necklaces.

A playbook is a document that serves as a scenario or script for a theatre play, a ballgame or a business transaction. The Jewellery Playbook presents the necklaces as performers on the stage or the playing field of the publication. The playbook activates the necklaces as objects that are more than simply wearable ornaments.

In his essay for this publication Benjamin Lignel describes them as "pretend-industrial": "Being-in-plastic, symmetrical, and lifeless is something these thrifty creepers do “on the way of becoming” something else: a face, perhaps a pictogram (simple parts capable of many guises: they speak the language of toy.)"

MAKING FACES - A Jewellery Playbook: Concept & Realisation by Manon van Kouswijk / Design by Stuart Geddes & Ziga Testen / Text contributions by Warwick Freeman, Kate Rhodes, Diana Young, Benjamin Lignel, Manon van Kouswijk. Photography by Fred Kroh / Model by Lynette Smith / Proofreading by Meredith Turnbull / Image editing by Javeria Hashmat and George Standiland / Printing by Printgraphics, Print Shop and CMYK Hub / Binding by Print Shop / ISBN: 978-0-646-99418-5