The street sign and its stripes

Hughes, L 2010, The street sign and its stripes, Masters by Research, Art, RMIT University.


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Collection: Theses

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Title The street sign and its stripes
Author(s) Hughes, L
Year 2010
Abstract Manipulating shape, colour and geometry of street signs can be captured in jewellery form. Brooches or neckpieces placed on the body reveal the interplay of jewellery pieces as interpretive - a statement of groupings - the street theatre of street signage when juxtaposing several pieces together in a new context are possibilities. The striping of street signage can be further conveyed in jewellery with industrial quality coloured laminates, steel and acrylic.

Interpreting motifs from their original site and placing them into a new context questions our familiarity with street signage as a cautionary or directional device. In the new context, by situating jewellery on the body, makes the impersonal personal.
My intention is to capture and manipulate the shape, colour and geometry of street signs. Placement on the body of brooches or neckpieces may reveal the interplay of jewellery pieces as interpretive – a statement of groupings – the street theatre of street signage when juxtaposing several pieces together in a new context.

In the landscape, striped cautionary signs are designed to direct our gaze and our path. Abundance and continual exposure lessens impact and so may override the intention of such signs. However, bringing iconic motifs into a jewellery context presents striped street signs for reconsideration. A reinterpretation is made through recontextualising into wearable jewellery and may question our familiarity as a cautionary or directional device.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Keyword(s) Street signs
Jewellery
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