British artist Dinos Chapman, eminent with his brother, Jake, as an artist whose work invokes fascination and revulsion in equal measure, wanted to make utilitarian jewellery. Chapman has collaborated with Louisa Guinness to make a wing bolt choker and a jubilee clip bracelet. He chose a jubilee clip more commonly found in the garden on the end of a house pipe. He liked the idea of choker being used as a 'choker' and so he decided to have the jubilee clip and a necklace secured with a bolt and wingnut made in silver.
Certainly, a challenge for the goldsmith who worked tirelessly to make the thread work effciently. The choker was the easy part; the fastenings just needed adjusting depending on how far the wearer wanted to take the 'choke'. The bracelet is accompanied by a key on a chain, enabling the power to ‘lock’ someone into the bracelet and don the key until their release.
Instead of using traditional beauty and ornamentation usually seen in the aesthetics of jewellery, both the necklace and the bracelet emulate utilitarian properties, playing with shapes and objects found in useful everyday DIY equipment. Packaged in a blister pack and hung on a shop rail, acquiring Dinos’ jewellery simulates an experience similar to one at a hardware shop. This project by Dinos Chapman is charged with the signature subversive wit prevalent through all the work of the Chapman brothers.