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Earrings - Physalis

Physalis

  • Object:

    Earrings

  • Place of origin:

    Brighton (made)

  • Date:

    2006 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fok, Nora, born 1952 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Dyed and knitted nylon monofilament and skeletonised physalis (Cape gooseberry) shells

  • Credit Line:

    Supported by the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:

    M.11:1, 2-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Nora Fok's intricate three dimensional jewels show her ability to capture the fragility and transient beauty of nature, her mastery of knitting and weaving in nylon filament and her vivid appreciation of colour.

These earrings are based on the Physalis, or Cape gooseberry, with its bright orange berry hidden within a brown, leaf-like outer shell. The berry is of knitted nylon while the outer shell is that of a real Physalis which has been treated so that just the skeleton remains.

Fok has written that she 'always had an affinity with nylon because of its unique qualities, light in weight, translucent, warm to the touch. It can be dyed and pigmented and is strong, becoming suitable to wear when transformed into jewellery'.

Physical description

Pair of earrings, each of which consists of a sphere of orange knitted nylon filament hanging within a skeletonised physalis shell.

Place of Origin

Brighton (made)

Date

2006 (made)

Artist/maker

Fok, Nora, born 1952 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Dyed and knitted nylon monofilament and skeletonised physalis (Cape gooseberry) shells

Dimensions

Length: 7.5 cm

Descriptive line

'Physalis' earrings, dyed and knitted nylon monofilament and skeletonised physalis (Cape gooseberry) shells. Designed and made by Nora Fok. England, 2007.

Materials

Nylon; Physalis shell

Techniques

Knitting; Dyeing

Subjects depicted

Cape Gooseberries

Categories

Jewellery; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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