MODERN LIFE Q&A - Jonathan Boyd

We asked the designers in our MODERN LIFE exhibition what the concept means to them...

Jonathan Boyd is the creator of the 2014 Commonwealth games medals and senior lecturer at the Royal College of Art. He shares his thoughts with us...

“Every morning on my way to work I walk past the sunrise
over Lidl and it is beautiful” Brooch – Jonathan Boyd

 

MODERN LIFE; JONATHAN BOYD

Where did you learn the most?

On the RCA terrace overlooking at the Royal Albert Hall with pint in hand.

What are your New Year’s Revolutions?

n/a

 Inspirational artist & musician John Lennon

Inspirational artist & musician John Lennon

 

 

What music do you listen to whilst working?

A mixture of the Beatles and other bands they inspired. Probably fairly clichéd NME type stuff I suppose, but I like it. I also don't mind being a cliché.

 

 

How does your environment inspire you?

Its inseparable from the way you think- it forms you.

  Glasgow Floral Brooch , Pendant Nylon, Paint, Silver, Collaboration with digital artist Euan McKenzie. Exploring Topophilia, a sense of place, looking to extend beyond the studio and make art in the public environment. 

Glasgow Floral Brooch, Pendant Nylon, Paint, Silver, Collaboration with digital artist Euan McKenzie. Exploring Topophilia, a sense of place, looking to extend beyond the studio and make art in the public environment. 

 

How do the materials that you choose tell your story?

  To Sorn, Documenting a Rare Sight,  Oxidised silver Brooch. Created through a 34 mile shared journey between Jonathan Boyd and Sorely Arthur Kleboe.

To Sorn, Documenting a Rare Sight, Oxidised silver Brooch. Created through a 34 mile shared journey between Jonathan Boyd and Sorely Arthur Kleboe.

I use heavy periods of research to try and find interesting narratives or concepts which reflect aspects of daily life/material cultures. The material are always used a conduit for the narrative/concept.

Are there any other materials that you would like to use?

Smart technologies, digital screens, I am very keen to start incorporating moving image into worn objects.

Who is your biggest influence and inspiration?

John Lennon.

  Weeds,  Video Animation & Gold plated silver Brooches 2017. Jonathan Boyd. Weeds seeks to make jewellery from the unnoticed, the everyday and seek meaning in meaninglessness of Modern Life

Weeds, Video Animation & Gold plated silver Brooches 2017. Jonathan Boyd. Weeds seeks to make jewellery from the unnoticed, the everyday and seek meaning in meaninglessness of Modern Life

 

What is the best thing about Modern Life?

Everything. (Except below)

What is the worst thing about Modern Life?

Brexit. London house prices, email.

Modern Life is……?

Nae bad.

MODERN LIFE

"A NEW YEAR'S REVOLUTION "

at GILL WING JEWELLERY

until 28th February