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Brooch

Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2001 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rivaud, Laurent, born 1968 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilded metal, textile and colourless glass stones

  • Credit Line:

    Royal College of Art Visiting Artists Collection

  • Museum number:

    M.61-2007

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This piece is part of the Royal College of Art Visiting Artists Collection. Every year from 1987 to 2006, while David Watkins was Professor of Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery at the RCA, he invited four jewellers and silversmiths from outside Britain to give a week-long masterclass. The artists brought diverse skills, aesthetics and approaches. The first call on their time was to interact closely with the students. In addition, although concentrating on their teaching and working in an unfamiliar studio, each artist generously made an object for the RCA's collection. The Royal College of Art Visiting Artists Collection, now transferred to the V&A, is a major document of international contemporary jewellery, a tribute both to the artists and to the vibrancy of the RCA as a teaching institution.

Laurent Rivaud's jewellery is generally themed around the fashion collections he designs for. He often creates a new narrative with found objects which he combines with traditional jewellery materials and techniques.

Rivaud, the French jewellery designer for Vivienne Westwood, brings a flamboyant approach to social comment with his bright and bold collage-like brooch incorporating gun cartridges. He has also worked for the fashion houses Chloe, Givenchy and Thierry Mugler.

Physical description

The word 'FIRE' is written in metal and blue and red embroidery. Three cartridge cases loaded with bullets hang from the 'E', decorated with imitation diamond stars.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

2001 (made)

Artist/maker

Rivaud, Laurent, born 1968 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gilded metal, textile and colourless glass stones

Marks and inscriptions

unmarked

Dimensions

Height: 12.6 cm, Width: 10.8 cm, Depth: 1.4 cm

Object history note

Designed and made while leading a masterclass at the RCA.

Descriptive line

Brooch designed and made by the French jeweller Laurent Rivaud while leading a masterclass at the RCA, London, 2001.

Materials

Gilded metal; Textile; Glass

Subjects depicted

Bullets

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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