Partyline

Baines, R 2004, Partyline, RMIT University Press, Melbourne, Australia.


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Title Partyline
Author(s) Baines, R
Year 2004
Publisher RMIT University Press
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Subjects Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified
Summary 'Partyline' discusses the reconstruction of historical jewellery and its relevance as contemporary artefact. Jewellery is not only adornment, but also a cultural, archaeological and technological document. Technology applied by the ancient goldsmith leaves characteristic traces investigated by archaeometallurgy. Historical jewellery can be analysed and tested by laboratory reconstruction of selected gold works, with the making of samples and replicating museum artefacts using goldsmithing skills based on known technology of the same era. This tests current theories and raises further questions concerning manufacturing technology. It tests the assumptions and theoretical strategies of working by the historical goldsmith and the finding of new knowledge become available to the contemporary goldsmith. In Robert Baines' personal research laboratory constructions with their historical correctness become available for reworking to convey a contemporary visual reference and a statement of history. The results of these analyses and reconstruction form the basis for studio practice in the making of the jewellery object in which contemporary aesthetics are informed by historical practice. Catalogue of an exhbition held at Staatliche Antikensammlunge, Munchen, Germany, 21.04.2004 to 13.06.2004 ; Galerie Biro, Munchen, Germany, 22.04 to 12.07.2004 ; and Helen Drutt : Philadelphia, 2005.
Copyright notice © 2004 Robert Baines
Keyword(s) jewellery
art theory
ISBN 0864593058
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