Dust is a collection of jewellery by Icelandic designer Ágústa Sveinsdóttir. By utilising a substance made up of such mundane matter, a process of transformation sees a new material form unearthed.
Inspired by the vanitas paintings of the early seventeeth century and symbolic of the inevitability of death and the transience of earthly achievements, an exploration began into how to break traditions and create new ways in material use. It is a reflection on material worth. A contemplation for the constant transformation of matter.
‘Dust is a material that is the ultimate result of disintegration. It is everywhere and ever-present, a substance of tiny particles of matter. It is a material mixture of both organic and inorganic origin constantly being generated,’ comments the designer. ‘We always demand that everything should be flawless but in the end, everything is dust or in time becomes dust. Is it possible to make use of materials that have always been considered nothing more than useless dirt?’
The raw material for this project was collected from various nooks and crannies in numerous abandoned farms scattered across the Icelandic countryside. The form of the jewellery originates from these deserted farms. The dust is given value – and with the use of a biodegradable adhesive, it is transformed into a decorative coating for bracelets and rings, where it can emit transience once more. With time it withers away, revealing a manmade structure, a sort of skeleton within, giving the bearer a chance to savour every moment of its life span. ‘It is a celebration of the fragile beauty that time and use impart to materials.’
This jewellery collection was the outcome of a graduate project (led by Garðar Eyjólfsson and Thomas Pausz) in the Product Design Department of Iceland Academy of the Arts.
Images courtesy of the designer.