By Alice Hughes
It is said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. This narrow cliché is as droning as the traditional conventions of jewellery design overwrought by stability, fixedness, and permanence.
Young Polish jewellery designer Ewa Śliwińska’s new project, The Living Points Structure, opens space for new liberating sashays of expression in sync with the uniqueness of our bodies. Her collection includes pieces made from dozens of steel cylinders placed on nylon thread. These are secured with an elastic polyethylene strand onto the body, and then swim elegantly in tune with its many movements like mirror-tilted, opalescent fish.
These pieces may look like accessories for Sci-Fi killer queens, yet such eloquent wearable art which interacts with the messiness and fluidity of the body has the potential to comment upon and alter the social reality confining it. Theorists Deleuze and Guattari speak of a rhizome-like non-linear alternative to subjectivity as coherent/individualised, thus opening space for bodies free of categories such as gender, and spaces for desire beyond phallic order or female lack. Perhaps, if followed, The Living Points Structure opens space the permanent contemporaneity of rhizomatic human relations and productive desires always already outside of binaries. You can wear a revolution, turning heads and renewing minds in the process towards a palpable visual kingdom.