Blue Perspex earrings inspired by Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s i>Elementary Forms: Vertical-Horizontal Composition series, created by contemporary jewellery designer Julia de Klerk exclusively for Tate to celebrate our 2021 Sophie Taeuber-Arp exhibition.
Inspired by Taeuber-Arp’s geometric abstraction, it uses Taeuber-Arp’s shapes and has illustrated patterns laser etched into the surface of the acrylic, to create an exciting piece of textured statement jewellery.
The earrings each measure 5.5 x 2.5 cm, and are made from lightweight frosted acrylic and sterling silver findings. To prevent any tarnishing, polish with a silver cloth.
Julia de Klerk’s studio is in Hampshire, UK. She studied BA (Hons) Design at Goldsmiths University of London and shortly after graduating took up a number of short courses specialising in Jewellery at Central St Martins. Julia’s design style reflects her love of colour and pattern, and her graphic inspired influences, love of colour and experiments with textured acrylic have created her distinctive style.
Julia only uses recycled or Perspex brand acrylic for her jewellery due to the company’s ongoing investments in environmental manufacturing efficiency. All of her work is made to order to reduce material waste, and her packaging is 100% recyclable and sourced within the UK. All acrylic and silver offcuts created in the making process are collected and recycled, and she has invested in new equipment to enable her to recycle her acrylic offcuts herself, creating recycled sheet material for future jewellery projects.
About the artist
Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889–1943) was an artist but also a dancer, designer, puppet maker, architect and editor. A true pioneer of modern art, she became a teacher after studying art and dance and later taught others how to design patterns for textiles. She ‘lived abstraction’, and became one of the most important concrete and geometric abstract artists. Responsible for co-founding the dada art movement, Tauber-Arp’s way with colours and shapes unlocked new possibilities in art, costume and interior design.
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