Precious Collective –
an online community forming relationships and challenging perceptions;

words by Melody Vaughan
Creative Consultant For Contemporary Craft makers

Precious – adj ‘of high cost of worth, not to be treated carelessly’

The Precious Collective began with the desire to challenge traditional craft perspectives and to promote art jewellery within Cornwall, but it has grown, through the magic of instagram, to become a global community.

With over 120 members from 30 countries and representing all stages of a jewellery career (from students to world-renowned artists)
Precious Collective is all about connection and conversation. 

With a steadily growing audience and a social media reach of around 50k this group is certainly meetings its aims.

Precious Collective’s members represent many and varied approaches within contemporary jewellery, whether materially, technically or conceptually.
What links them is their ambiguous relationship to notions of what is ‘precious’:

Jewellery that is precious is often thought of as such due to a financial market value or a society’s norms.
However, ‘precious’ can also depend upon personal taste and emotional attachment.

– Precious Collective

The driving force behind Precious Collective is Lynne Speake, herself a creator of wearable art jewellery.
Maintaining the forward momentum on social media, she sees her role as facilitating and together with an exhibition committee of five others
(Val Muddyman, Rebecca Walklett, Lucy Spink and Anne Boo Whetter)
Lynne is currently organising thePrecious Collective’s launch exhibition at Ocean Studios, Plymouth, in April 2019.

16th to 28th of april 2019

The Precious Collective began with the desire to challenge traditional craft perspectives and to promote art jewellery within Cornwall, but it has grown through the magic of Instagram to become a global community. With over 120 members from 30 countries and representing all stages of a jewellery career (from students to world-renowned artists) the Precious Collective is all about connection and conversation. With a steadily growing audience and a social media reach of around 50k this group is certainly meeting its aims. Precious Collective’s members represent many and varied approaches within contemporary jewellery, whether materially, technically or conceptually. What links them is their ambiguous relationship to notions of what is ‘precious’ “Jewellery that is precious is often thought of as such due to a financial market value or a society’s norms. However, ‘precious’ can also depend upon personal taste and emotional attachment. The enduring ‘norm’ of gold & diamonds is challenged by this group’s witty interpretation of body adornment, process & materials. The Precious Collective is where the idiosyncratic, extraordinary ideas live; where you can encounter the unexpected. Unusual materials, mixed with creative minds, fuse into joyous imaginative work expressing individual ideas of what precious could mean” – Precious Collective It is with great excitement and pride that the Precious Collective welcomes you to their inaugural launch exhibition. Their next show is at Alliages in Lille from June the 21st and after that… who knows where they will spring up next!! A special thank you goes to Val and Dave Muddyman, Lucy Spink, Rebecca Walklett, Ann Boo Whetter, Lynne and Yan Speake for all their hard work that went into making this exhibition possible xx

see the catalogue :

plymouth_exhibition_catalogue_2019

 

https://www.preciouscollective.com/exhibitions.html