There’s No Place Like Home

>> I'm not sure where home exactly is for Jordan Askill, the incredible jeweller, sculptor and all round visionary but it's somewhere where horses run wild, petals fly into beautiful formations and tigers arch into impossible structures.  This collection intriguingly entitled "There's No Place Like Home" marks a proper circle-complete collection where Askill's sculptural work ties into his wearable jewellery as well as providing an actual storage unit for the jewellery.  Though let's ask ourselves, really, who IS this magical person that can afford a hollowed out horse-wave resin sculpture that can also store her rings and necklaces inside it on the purpose built shelves.  I'd like to imagine that one day I'll be touring some stately home (that's clearly ALL I'll be doing in old age…) and a guide will point out "And this is a Jordan Askill sculpture that also acts as a jewellery showcase object…" 


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The second sculptural piece is a head and neck armour piece, in a similar vein to the fleet of spiky birds that surrounded Jack Barnett's head in These New Puritans' video for We Want War, except this time the tone is softened up with a deceptive smattering of petals that also have wildcats intertwined with them…



The last of this magnificent trio is a wave of leaping tigers formed into a piece that is shaped to go on a back…


Further to these pieces which make you go 'Oooh' and 'Aaah' though, Askill takes those motifs and applies them to his burgeoning fine jewellery collection with swallows, panters, tigers and horses leaping in motion over rings, cuffs and necklaces in silver or 9ct gold.  Animalia in jewellery, especially with reference to bugs and animal anatomy have been a strong focus in the past few years so it's interesting to see a designer working with the pure beauty of animals, showing elegance and strength as opposed to internal dissection.  Yup, it's ok to go "Wow that's a beautiful horse" and not wonder whether its ribcage might make a great pendant…

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(All photography by Alastair Strong)

21 Replies to “There’s No Place Like Home”

  1. love the jewellery the first..pic…gorgeous…sculpturing….though having animal…err..on my neck feels a bit weird…naturally dissected or not..but still makes great jewellery pieces..!!!!

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