A reseach into the values and meanings of fur
Fur is a controversial material that is still used in clothing and jewellery. It symbolises wealth, power, glamour, heritage and – inevitably – animal cruelty. Barbara Langendijk and Noon Passama research the values that are linked to fur and visualise these using various techniques and materials (not fur!). This resulted in a refined collection where jewellery and fashion are interwoven through craftsmanship, new materials and items of clothing. Each item reflects in its own way the meanings and values that our western society has always linked with fur as a material.
Such an amalgamation of jewellery, fashion and materials is exceptional. Seldom do they come together to tell one story. Passama/Langendijk has certainly succeeded here. Professional fields have come out of their comfort zones and materials stripped of their original role to join together in careful research and an aesthetically strong and tasteful collection. Controversial and conceptually very interesting.