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Yuka Jourdain
Pray for Reconnection Together
Yuka Jourdain
Pray for Reconnection Together

Yuka Jourdain‘s ‘Pray for Reconnection’ produced two outcomes: Pray for Reconnection installation pieces and Lapwing ring collection. Jourdain sought ways for disseminating and creating discussions about biodiversity and the loss of birds on the U.K. Red list. The installation and the jewellery collection have been exhibited online at Three Spoon Studio and some physical exhibitions have been applied for.

The collaboration with Rosalind Gilberthorpe was a design exchange inspired by the project concept: red-listed birds, biodiversity loss, and sustainability, which grew into room mobile designs for Gilberthorpe’s grandchildren. To achieve further dissemination, #redlistbirdbadge has been created.

The collaboration with Bernie Rutter, a printmaker/educator, started by exchanging Jourdain’s bird designs and Rutter’s house designs. After several weeks of developing works, the studio meet could be carried out to prepare for the exhibition at Surface Gallery, Nottingham.

Collaborating with other people and being exposed to different mediums, techniques, and rhythms made Jourdain re-visit her practice as a jewellery designer and the concept of the project, which led her to the initial point of the MA Project: empathy towards rubbish. By refining the methods for handling material, she created a necklace and brooch: Rebirth.

Rebirth Necklace
Egg carton, copper and acrylic paint, 2021
Rebirth Necklace
Egg carton, copper and acrylic paint, 2021
Rebirth Brooch
Egg carton, copper and acrylic paint, 2021
Safe Home for Birds
(Collaboration with Bernie Rutter) copper and wool, 2021
Safe home for birds
(Collaboration with Bernie Rutter) copper and wool, 2021
Red list bird badge
(Collaboration with Rosalind Gilberthorpe) plywood and acrylic, 2021