I would be the first to admit that jewelry making is not just a passion but an endeavor which allows me to escape into a pretty, safe and trouble-free world. The real world though is not.
London-based Kali Arulpragasam of Super Fertile is known for being bold enough to create jewelry influenced by really difficult human issues. Hunger was one past collection I wrote about ( Jewelry Inspired by Food) where a partnership with Oxfam raised money for the hungry and awareness for the global food crisis.
Murder, her 2011 Autumn/Winter collection is her most provocative to date. Gemstones such as rubies, sapphires and garnets were used in the designs which deliberately and graphically evoke bullet wounds and slashes.
Her political consciousness and social activism to a large part stem from the fact that her Tamil family went back to live in their native Sri Lanka for several years until the violent civil war there forced them to return to Britain.
Some of the Murder collection photographs by Amarpaul Kalirai are particularly disturbing as they include stage blood and fake bruises. The most emotionally charged ones were those with a child model and a bound and blindfolded woman. It was clearly intended to be a thought provoking collection especially for those of us who live in safe places. Many men, women, and children in different parts of the world do not.
Kali is the older sister of British recording artist and activist Maya Arulpragasam (M.I.A).
Before You Go:
- River Dragging for Gems in Sri Lanka
- Great Recession Inspired Jewelry by Kali Arulpragasam
- Sapphire Mining in Sri Lanka
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