Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Another support group we plan to work with who meet at Walthew House, http://www.walthewhouse.org.uk/ are a group of people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Thinking of artists who have also been inspired by the topic, I immediately came up with my good friend the very talented Jeweller Colette Hazelwood:
Colette collaborated with internationally acclaimed fashion photographer James Lightbown on his Senseless project. Her now infamous Hearing Aid Jewellery was used for the shoot. The Brief, was to explore the concept of sense deprivation and the visual metaphors that illustrate the loss of something we take so much for granted. (Model: Alexia Rochford Boss)
This collaboration followed a commission by Leicester City Gallery Hearing Aid Jewellery 2002. Colette was commissioned to make a piece of contemporary jewellery for a person with a disablity for the Adorn Equip exhibition. Her client, Ali Briggs was the inspiration for this provocative piece that clips comfortably onto her own hearing aid. Ali is an renowned actress and her most recent role was in Britain's Coronation St.
Let's celebrate the hearing aid instead of disguising it.
This piece has since been purchased as part of the MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) permanent collection.
Photo by Fliss Shillingford.