‘Like a Rolling Stone’ was a cross cultural project culminating in two exhibitions (to date) that explored the themes of relocation, transplantation, camouflage, identity and materiality’ through mixed media work in jewellery, using geology and geophysics as an analogy to illustrate the topical theme of population displacement. 2016 was the Year of Italian Innovation, Architecture & Design and the Italian Cultural institute (ICI) Edinburgh approached Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) with a view to organize a series of events focusing on and celebrating Italian Contemporary Jewellery and Stone Carving. The events took place at both ECA and at the ICI and engaged the participation of internationally recognised Italian and jeweller artists from the UK.
Project organisers (and participants):
Stephen Bottomley (Programme director of J&S, ECA) Susan Cross Reader (J&S, ECA)
Invited Italian participants:
Maria Rosa Franzin Gigi Mariani Gabi Veit
Jessamy Kelly, Jo Pudelko, Rhona McCallum, Jessica Turrell
Outcomes: •To produce a body of new research material by way of drawings, material test pieces and finished jewellery.•Knowledge exchange through practical workshops, discussions and presentation talks.•Encourage emerging researchers within ECA •Exhibitions with publication and critical essay's by anthropologist Rebecca Crowther and Roberta Bernabei.
‘Like a Rolling Stone’ was presented at ‘Museum Reich der Kristalle’, Munich, Germany, 7th-11th March 2018. This exhibition was scheduled to coincide with Schmuck – an internationally renowned annual contemporary jewellery event in Munich. The exhibition was also presented at the Tent Gallery,ECA 19th -30th June 2018. It is a planed that the exhibition will also be shown at San Rocco, Padua, Italy in 2020.