Since 2005 designer and maker Polly van der Glas’s work has centered on materials that were once attached to our bodies: human hair, teeth and fingernails. These materials were at one time part of an intimate, elaborate maintenance ritual. When attached to the body, they are central to social values of beauty yet when they become disattached, the meanings they hold drastically transform. Polly examines what occurs when the beautiful body becomes the shed/dead body. How are ideas about beauty destablised?
Polly has been creating wearable works under the label VAN DER GLAS since 2007. Silversmith qualified (NMIT advanced diploma) and 2006 Fresh! award winner, Polly’s previous study also includes a degree in fashion design from RMIT, and postgraduate study at Melbourne University in cultural studies. She currently shares a studio with three other jewellers in Melbourne