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Two-fingered (salute)

Rachael Colley’s Two-fingered (salute) collection comprises a set of spoons that explore the use of two fingers in context with the body. Referencing the double-lobed construction and ceremonial function of The Coronation Spoon, used to conduct the two-fingered anointing with holy oil, alongside the rustic rituals and tradition of home cooking and the everyday,the spoons create an uneasy meld. Similar in design to antique medical spoons and baby feeders Two-fingered (salute) functions to ritualise the practice of induced vomiting for use by those suffering after par taking in an assortment of indulgences. Crevices and holes within the design serve to reinforce the abject associations, capturing the action and creating a somewhat ‘sweeter’ outcome, as the copper reacts with the acidic mixture.

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Rachael Colley, Two-fingered (salute), 2015 from the collection Two-fingered (spoons).

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Rachael Colley

Rachael Colley is a lecturer in jewellery design and related products at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University. She is a member of the Fashion and Textiles Research Group (FTRG) and the Research Centre for Creative Making (S.T.U.F.F), based in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media. She holds an MA in Goldsmithing Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery from the Royal College of Art. Colley’s practice based research explores the fleeting and complex nature of human existence: using jewellery, regalia and decorative objects as modes of express. Her outcomes aim to undercut status and class, representing historic social signifiers and objects of value in a satirical and narrative way.