Jewellery students to create work inspired by Ikon exhibition

Did you know that MA students from the School of Jewellery are spending a week at the Ikon Gallery, creating work in response to the Jean Painlevé exhibition on there at the moment? I went down there yesterday to see the show before taking a look at what they were doing.

Still from Jean Painlevé's Acera or the Witches' Dance (1978)

Still from Jean Painlevé's Acera or the Witches' Dance (1978)

Widely celebrated for his films exploring marine life, this French filmmaker won the respect of several well-known avant-garde artists working in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition revealed the ways in which he often took a cross-disciplinary approach to film-making, working with both visual artists and composers. He used sound and image in imaginative ways, but without compromising the scientific dimension. I was particularly struck by the way in which the poetic dance of tiny hermaphrodite molluscs in his film Acera (1978) had been set to a soundtrack by Pierre Jansen. But another for the films would be a rich source of ideas for textile design .....

Still from Jean Painlevé, Transition de phase dans les cristaux liquides (1978)

Still from Jean Painlevé, Transition de phase dans les cristaux liquides (1978)

The students' work is still in its early stages, but it's still possible to see links between what they're producing and the somewhat unsettling surreal images of these tiny sea creatures. Why not take a look for yourself? They'll be working in the Events Room until Friday, with the pieces they create being on show there between 4th and 9th April.