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The Australian National University

Linda Hughes

Square + Round Neckpieces (2010) 240mm sq. and 250mm diam. Laminate, acrylic & .925 silver. Photo: Argonaut Design

Country: Australia

visited in 2009

Workshop: Gold-and-Silversmithing

Recontextualising the cautionary sign


Cautionary street signage is designed to scream its presence; it is rich and compelling in the landscape yet with familiarity can remain invisible amid the sheer everydayness of the streetscape. Lifting familiar motifs into a jewellery context re examines the subject, shifting the iconography into fiction and may only tenuously be connected to the original.


The abstracted jewellery form carries symbolism and colour codes from the street. The intention is to elevate the commonplace which may lead to a compelling presence as jewellery. Placed on the body the work does not assume adornment, but invites attention and reflection on the continual commentary that directs the traveller.


Bold, Stop the traffic, wearable pieces reflect the complex theatre of public space.

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