The starting point for our research project is the first collaborative collection we worked on in 2017, which intertwined jewellery and fashion. In the previous project, we combined a technical textile with precious metal and called the outcome “silver fur”. Inspired by this concept, we decided to develop our new project around several subjects related to fur. In contrast to the present situation of fashion, which is marked by over-consumption and low quality products, jewellery pieces can stay in a shop for longer than one season and are valued much higher. Our intention of this project is to create research-based work that is meaningful and valuable.
For us, fur is a material which relates to fashion and jewellery. It symbolises wealth, power, glamour, heritage and, unavoidably, animal cruelty. It is a controversial material that has been continuously utilised in products of fashion and jewellery. We incorporate the values attached to fur, whether considered negative or positive, in our work and materialise them through techniques and materials from both our working fields.
In this project, we work as interdisciplinary designers. We researched, brainstormed and produced each item together in every step in the process. Our main interests, either as jewellery or fashion designer, did not limit our ideas, techniques, tasks and responsibilities. We also collaborated with creative professionals and producers to develop our own materials and products.