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spectacles

spectacles

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1966-7 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ramshaw, Wendy, born 1939 (designer)
    Watkins, David (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    printed card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Wendy Ramshaw and David Watkins

  • Museum number:

    M.27-2015

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This pair of mock sun-glasses was one of the lines made by 'SOMETHING SPECIAL', a successful venture by Wendy Ramshaw and David Watkins in London in 1966-7. The packaging records that it was manufactured by The Portland Press, London, S.E.25 for Something Special, 70 Chetwynd Road, London, N.W.5

Physical description

Orange, yellow and white card spectacles in flat pack composed of card covered in cellophane

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1966-7 (made)

Artist/maker

Ramshaw, Wendy, born 1939 (designer)
Watkins, David (designer)

Materials and Techniques

printed card

Dimensions

Height: 95 mm packet, Width: 148 mm packet, Depth: 3 mm packet

Object history note

Something Special Ltd was a company set up in 1966 by Wendy Ramshaw, her husband, David Watkins, and her cousin Pat Howard. It made flat-pack paper jewels. Wendy made the original models, David produced the art work for printing. At one time there were twenty assemblers employed as outworkers. The work was sold by direct mail, by boutiques in Carnaby Street, and by department stores such as Harrods and John Lewis. It filled a window in the Haymarket premises of the Council of Industrial Design. It was exported to the United States and Japan. It was, wrote Shirley Bury, ‘designed to be cheap, light in weight, fun to wear and ephemeral’. It was ‘in the mainstream of exploratory design, for the possibilities of paper were attracting the attention of both costume and furniture designers’ (‘The Evolution of an Artist-Jeweller’, Wendy Ramshaw, exhibition, V&A, 1982-3). Beatriz Chadour-Sampson notes that Wendy and David acknowledged the benefit they derived from their early experience as entrepreneurs, an experience not common among artist jewellers (David Watkins, Artist in Jewellery, Stuttgart, 2008, pp. 12-13).

Descriptive line

Orange and yellow card spectacles, Sunspex, in flat pack, Something Special, Wendy Ramshaw and David Watkins, London, 1966-7

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wendy Ramshaw. Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 6 October 1982 - 16 January 1983.
Chadour-Sampson, Beatriz. David Watkins: Artist in Jewellery. Stuttgart: Arnoldsche, 2008.

Materials

Card

Techniques

Printing; Technique

Categories

Jewellery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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