12 May - 27 August

Isabelle’s work explores all the stereotypes of classic jewellery and gives them a contemporary twist by turning them into silicone rubber necklaces and magnetic brooches. Silicone rubber is a fascinating material for jewellery and, when appropriately worked, lures viewers into mistaking it for ceramic, plaster, plastic or even glass. They are drawn into grabbing and touching the pieces only to realise it is not what they initially thought it was.

On top of being highly deceptive, silicone allows her to explore all the stereotypes of classical jewellery. After a first collection playing with the kitsch imagery of cheap and popular jewellery (owls, skulls, cameos, tigers…) and a second body of work focusing on the aesthetics of pearls, both made of pristine white silicone, she has investigated the attraction of “gemstones” by adding translucent coloured silicone to her designs. Her last collection, shown at Studio Fusion, is inspired by Victorian and Black jewellery and incorporates real pearls and rhinestones trapped in the silicone. Her brooches and necklaces are rooted into the most traditional heritage through the use of iconic pieces of classic jewellery. But her intention is that their original arrangement, the use of unexpected non-precious material, and the colours used make those pieces visually intriguing and socially communicative.

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