O tremblant! (an animated collection of jewels)
This new collection explores something of the social life of jewels – we become involved with a piece of jewellery, we fall in love with it because it seduces our imagination, it feels just right, it draws attention to us – in so many ways we know we are working together. The jewel wants to makes us look good because jewels that are happily worn have the opportunity to be worn more frequently, and thus to perform their function in the social environment.
This is the social life of objects from an evolutionary perspective: the jewel evolves an awareness of the simple expediency of survival – in being chosen, in taking up its position of privilege on shoulder, neck or finger it provides embellishment and beauty which reflects well on the character of the wearer, and thus it receives in turn the care and attention that perpetuates its species.
Combine on ongoing fascination for the collusive relationship that develops between wearer and jewel, add a sprinkling of evolutionary theory, throw in some kinetic mechanisms that nostalgically revive faded jewellery traditions, finish with some innovative twists and there you have O tremblant: a collection of lively attention-seeking jewels.