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Jewelry set questioning marital signals
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SupraNuptual Rings
Exploring the "Super Ordinary"

The ordinary weddingband is held to be one of the most important and recognizable symbols one can declare through jewelry, but what assumptions are implicit in this tradition? How have our views changed about the meaning of the wedding ring and what alternative messages might one want to send?

The collectionexplores a variety of statuses and attitudes around relationships, including independence, codependence, resistance, approachability, challenge, and loyalty. Human relationships are far more complicated than can be expressed as simply “married” or “unmarried”, and current attitudes towards marriage andcommitment go beyond the traditional.


Love Hurts Ring – barbed wire protects the ring from use and signals that getting commitment from the owner will be a painful process

Approach Me Ring –arrows point inward suggesting a desire to meet

Happy As I Am Ring – arrows point outward suggesting a need for space
Roses Have Thorns Ring – thorns inside the band make it unusable, communicating a resistance to commitment
DEVELOPMENT OF PROJECT:

In the first part of the brief, we researched the "ordinary", defining what that means to us, and what objects we consider to be ordinary. Then we considered what "super ordinary" could mean, using that as a guideline for how we could develop one of the ordinary objects into super ordinary versions.

I chose to look at wedding bands, questioning the limited, binary meaning they express of either "married" or "unmarried". Two rings extend this use of semiotic language to expand the range of expression for singles. The other two use a more symbolic language to express the user's attitudes towards their relationship or relationships in general.

HOW THEY WERE MADE:

The Singles set was made out of pewter using cuttlefish bone moulds.
The thorn ring was made out of hand carved bone and real rose thorns.
The barbed wire ring was made with handmade mini barbed wire on a found ring.


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