Recognised as a key figure of avant-garde contemporary jewellery, Bernhard Schobinger's subversive approach to making spans more than forty years and has earned him a reputation for rebellious innovation. His work skilfully transforms discovered objects into pieces that allude to past and present, precious and leftover.
Something of an alchemist, Schobinger gathers and processes all manner of matter, which frequently includes discarded detritus. From coloured pencils, spent knicker elastic, precious stones, combs or worn eraser nubs, to coins, diamonds, prickly saw files or poison bottles - such scavenged materials are all sources of aesthetic and physical richness. At once anarchic and collectible, Schobinger's work unites these materials to create hybrid jewels that irreverently express their provenance while challenging conventional histories of body adornment.
Curated by Jo Bloxham
With thanks to Gallery S O London
steel, japanese urushi laquer, gold, akoya pearls
Pfuschring mit Perle 2013
Jigsaw, pearl, copper
Sunset Ring 2013
Rockcristall, steel, diamond, japanese urushi laquer
Shells from Okinawa
Okinawa bottleneck chain 2013