name of the object: belt plaques with celestial musicians
season/year: Tang dynasty, 7th early 8th century
- I first notice the “musicians” on the belt, they have different expressions and were doing different things.
- My guess of this object’s function is to wear around the waist.
- I would have to climb ups and downs if I have to move around on the surface.
- This was designed for the Royals. I would wear this on my waist too. It would feel heavy and hard to move around.
- Belts bind and encircle. In the cosmologies of the earliest civilizations, the girding of the body was thought to mystically promote sacred and social bonds. Belts also enhance body curves, it emphasizes our waist in this case.
- It was made of jade (nephrite), they were put together by pieces of jade blocks with patterns of celestial musicians.
- I would make this item from sandalwood because with all the celestial musician’s patterns on, it looks very solemnly. Sandalwood has a natural scent and it is easy to break.
- I would imagine the blocks to be transparent and make the patterns itself solid and 3D.
- If the changes actually occur, the entire belt will be even more precious, it will be easier to break, so the whole object becomes more sacred.
designer/ creator: Peter Chang
name of the object: Bracelet
- I first noticed the spikes of the bracelet.
- The function of this item is to be worn around the wrist as an accessory, I feel like the starfish inspired this artist to create this bracelet.
- If I were to live inside of this bracelet, I would feel like I live in Alice and Wonderland. I might need to climb ups and downs on this surface.
- This item was designed for no one. If I could wear this from now, I would wear it with Charles Jeffery’s clothes, because the style and color palette of the bracelet looks similar. I think it would feel heavy.
- When you put on this bracelet, it will emphasize your wrist and draw people’s attention on your hands. People use hands very often and when people put an accessory on their hands and wrists, the accessory is like a statement piece of a person’s fashion style, it represents your identity. The design of this bracelet is very new so it kind of lead a new style of accessory.
- Porcelain were used when they put it together.
- I would make this item out of recycling plastic if I were to make it because I feel like plastic would create the same effect and it is very sustainable to use recycling things.
- I imagine the little spikes to be transparent and it will look like food.
designer/creator: Elsa Schiaparelli
name of the object: Belt with clasped hands
origin: made in France
season/year: autumn 1934
- I first noticed the hand when I saw it.
- The function of this object is to wear as an accessory around the waist.
- If I were to live inside of this object, I would felt like a mini person living on a bigger persons’ hand. I will feel weird if I move around.
- There were no identical persons that the designer designed for. I would wear this item with very basic clothing, I would feel very “camp” when I have this on.
- As a belt, this object enhances the waist of the body. It is related to the notions of beauty because it emphasizes body shape.
- Silk and plastic were used when they put together.
- I would use the same material if I were to design this object because I think plastic could show the crystal clear of the specific item.
- I imagine the belt part being transparent.
jewelry object: bracelet
creator: Peter Chang
art object: Nasturtiums with the Painting “Dance”
creator: Henri Matisse
material: Oil on canvas
These two items are related because the color choice of them are very similar, they both use pop colors like green and red.