Gold leaves are so thin that they break from the light pressure of a finger. Whenever students in the department use gold leaf, the unbroken ones are chosen first. Therefore, many cracked leaves are left and become the ‘decoration’ of the outer box. These leaves still hold value but seem to be neglected for their imperfection. For my project I collected the leaves which pertain imperfect value in order to bring them together in a piece. In my final piece, the collection of leaves look like cracks, however with time, a perfect sheet of gold leaf will be formed.
The alone-standing table was placed in the studio many years ago. It is not known for how long it has been there and we cannot know how many craftsmen had worked on it. Nonetheless, it will continue to stand there until, perhaps, when it collapses. Year in and year out, the craftsmen invented and created on this table, channeling the energy of crafts and injecting it into jewellery. As I like to describe it: they have been demolishing but also polishing the table with their crafts. This is the journey I see in a jeweller’s path and the value of a jeweler’s craftsmanship.
A metaphorically reflection on the value of the jeweller using two basic objects from our daily working . One is the Gold leaf box in the studio's steel safe, another is the wooden table we all work on. They are the material and tool jeweller use everyday in the making process and it is in these objects I unexpectedly discover the perspective of myself . In order to gather and enlarge the near invisible inner dents of the table which can be felt by touch,transparent tape was used as an intermediary to transform these imperfections into pieces to work with.