Woman biting art jewellery necklace made out of caramel candy laces by Sanna Svedestedt

Sweet Tooth

Is this jewellery?
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This art project from 2007 was one of my first explorations of jewellery as an art form. I was enrolled in the Bachelor’s programme in Jewellery Art at HDK-Valand, University of Gothenburg. I worked with different braiding and macramé techniques, which led me to create a macramé necklace using fudge candy strings as my material. I then documented the process of consuming the piece and was left with a series of photos. The question arose – what had I made? Was it still art jewellery now that the piece itself no longer existed? I believed so, and creating this work expanded my understanding of jewellery beyond mere adornment. This vastness continues to fascinate me about jewellery and keeps me engaged in the field. The jewellery field has the power to embody many forms – on one side of the spectrum we have heirlooms passed down through generations and on the other side jewellery can be fleeting art experiences preserved only in photos, as traces on our skin, or memories that tap into our shared cultural understanding of being human.

Sweet Tooth (2007) was featured in the book Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin, 2012.