Melbourne-based jeweller, Polly Van Der Glas is doing weird and wonderful things with body parts. Her collection includes rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings made with precious metals that have been cast from human hair and teeth,definitely making you glance twice. Polly pairs amazing silver-smithing craftsmanship with an eye for seeing beauty in something that might otherwise have been mistaken being morbid and grotesque. The Van Der Glas pieces are available atAlice Euphemia and Alphaville stores as well as Polly's Etsy shop, be sure to check out Polly's blog, too.
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