Wearable Cities

Blanche Tilden,

July 31 to August 25, 2012

Modernism’s dreams of the future may have become the stuff of our past, but through her jewellery, Blanche Tilden recognises in its most utopian moments an idea which still has the power to enchant us: that of a building made of glass. Her pieces are not emptily nostalgic objects, however. Rather, we might read in them a new idea about our relationship with built spaces: her structures reverse the traditional idea of a building as an envelope for bodies and instead, propose a relationship in which the body carries her structures with it, a sort of talisman for a contemporary nomadic life in which the webs of glass and silver create small prisms of light, not quite material, and resonant with our own dreams of other possible futures.

Anne Brennan
ANU School of Art

Palais necklace, 2012, flameworked borosilicate glass, blackened silver

Work from Wearable Cities

Dutert  by Wearable Cities Dutert , 2012, flameworked borosilicate glass, silver
Palais by Wearable Cities Palais, 2012, flameworked borosilicate glass, silver
Empire by Wearable Cities Empire, 2012, titanium, silver
Long Brunel by Wearable Cities Long Brunel, 2012, flameworked borosilicate glass, silver
Brunel necklace by Wearable Cities Brunel necklace, 2012, titanium, silver, flameworked borosilicate glass
Empire pendant by Wearable Cities Empire pendant, 2012, flameworked borosilicate glass, silver

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