Tokens of affection

Condom machines are not exactly the most romantic objects in the world. Reminiscent of furtive glances to see who’s looking, or, perhaps, furtive rendezvous where you’re not too fussed who’s looking; they may not provide the ideal symbol for Valentine’s Day gifts.

Fraser Hamilton’s ring

However, The RCA’s selling exhibition ‘Something for the Weekend’ may be about to change that. Students from the Royal College of Art’s Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery MA course have created a series of stunning jewellery items, all rather tongue-in-cheekily displayed in condom boxes within a condom machine.

Rowena Murray’s Girls on Pearls earrings

The exhibition takes place (surprise surprise) in Shoreditch’s Rivington Street gallery space this weekend just in time for Valentine’s Day, where you can pick up the perfect gif for your partner/lover/desired.

Earrings by Christopher Thompson Royds

However, the show promises so much more than a range of beautifully crafted jewellery. It is hoped the exhibition will explore the complexities surrounding the tokens that are given on Valentine’s Day.

Sperm Mouse by Marta Mattsson

‘Valentine’s Day is a time of giving – jewellery, chocolates and flowers are all ritually presented to loved ones as statements of affection and attraction’ say the organisers.

‘Yet this isn’t done without expectation – sex can often be the thank you that admirers and partners are looking for in return.’

Frances Wadsworth-Jones’ brooch

Hence, we’re guessing, the johnnies. 

Jonathan Boyd’s ring

Among the (ahem) pieces on show are Christopher Thompson Royds’ ‘Love Is…’ penis-shaped earrings; Frances Wadsworth-Jones’ ‘Heaven Sent’ bird-poo shaped brooch; Fraser Hamilton’s sublimely erotic ‘Lady’ ring, and Jonathan Boyd’s ring, ‘I prefer to keep my emotions hidden’, which encloses personal messages within a simple band.

Kelly McCallum’s heavy heart necklace

Something for the Weekend? is at Space Fifty-four, 54 Rivington Street, London EC2A from, 9 – 15 February 2011


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  • Becki Duddridge November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I think these pieces are really beautiful ( omitting the bird poo!) See you at the gallery

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