Wearable Relics: Colours and Symbols in the Digital Era


Copyright © Chris Bahng 2013-17 All Rights Reserved
Relic #1: I was a ring, I was a brooch.
Relic #1: I was a ring, I was a brooch.
Relic #1: I was a ring. I was a brooch.
Relic #1: I was a ring. I was a brooch.
Relic #1: I was a ring. I was a brooch.
Relic #1: I was a ring. I was a brooch.
Relic #2: Combination
Relic #2: Combination


Relic #2: Combination
Relic #2: Combination
Relic #2: Combination
Relic #2: Combination
Relic #3: Run! Red ghost!
Relic #3: Run! Red ghost!


Relic #3: Run! Red ghost!
Relic #3: Run! Red ghost!
Relic #3: Run! Red ghost!
Relic #3: Run! Red ghost!
Relic #4: Lost ring and earring
Relic #4: Lost ring and earring


Relic #4: Lost ring and earring
Relic #4: Lost ring and earring
Relic #4: Lost ring and earring
Relic #4: Lost ring and earring
Relic #5: Run! White ghost!
Relic #5: Run! White ghost!


Relic #5: Run! White ghost!
Relic #5: Run! White ghost!
Relic #5: Run! White ghost!
Relic #5: Run! White ghost!
Relic #6: Puke
Relic #6: Puke


Relic #6: Puke
Relic #6: Puke
Relic #6: Puke
Relic #6: Puke
Relic #7: Ancient spinner
Relic #7: Ancient spinner

Relic #7: Ancient spinner
Relic #7: Ancient spinner
Relic #7: Ancient spinner
Relic #7: Ancient spinner
Relic #8: Stone hat
Relic #8: Stone hat


Relic #8: Stone hat
Relic #8: Stone hat
Relic #8: Stone hat
Relic #8: Stone hat
Relic #9: Mad, Gentle, Serious
Relic #9: Mad, Gentle, Serious

Wearable Relics: Colours and Symbols in the Digital Era presents is an outcome of my recent research, which is inspired by the discovery of the Golden Dagger in 1973 (picture 1). This picture provides a powerful message to me. This depicts antiquity, material story and cultural interactions. Relics cannot be freed from their cultural, archaeological, and technological contexts. Therefore, I reinterpret the existing contexts of relics to bring a new sense of excavation within my use of colours, symbols, traditional jewellery techniques and digital technologies.

Each work interacts with selected relics, symbols and colours. These are derived from Korean, ancient Persia, and Celtic cultures, significantly strengthens the new body of work. Particularly, the combination of differently coloured pieces creates contrasts in tone and temperature, with some colours harmonising while others clash.

My use of t-shirt is a device to create a zone, in which the wearers could engage with a sense of excavation, lost and remained..


Pic.1 Excavation of the Golden Dagger in 1973.
The excavated relic has been designated as Republic of Korea, National Treasure, No. 635
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Relic #1: I was a ring. I was a brooch.
Neckpiece, 2017
3D printed nylon, Sand, Paint, Thermoplastic polymer, Sterling Silver, 18ct Y gold
40 x 50 x 30 mm (Approx)
Relic #2: Combination
Neckpiece, 2017
3D printed nylon, Sand, Paint, Thermoplastic polymer
40 x 70 x 30 mm (Approx)
Relic #3: Run! Red ghost!
Neckpiece, 2017
3D printed nylon, Sand, Paint, Thermoplastic polymer, White gold plated sterling silver
40 x 38 x 50 mm (Approx)
Relic #4: Lost ring and earring
Neckpiece, 2017
3D printed nylon, Sand, Paint, Thermoplastic polymer, Sterling Silver, 22ct Y Gold leaf
65 x 38 x 45 mm (Approx)
Relic #5: Run! White ghost!
Neckpiece, 2017
3D printed nylon, Sand, Paint, Thermoplastic polymer, White gold plated sterling silver
43 x 38 x 50 mm (Approx)
Relic #6: Puke
Neckpiece, 2017
3D printed nylon, Sand, Paint, Thermoplastic polymer, Sterling Silver, 22ct Y Gold leaf
47 x 50 x 38 mm (Approx)
Relic #7: Ancient Spinner
Neckpiece, 2017
3D printed nylon, Sand, Paint, Thermoplastic polymer, Sterling Silver, 22ct Y Gold leaf
65 x 65 x 32 mm (Approx)
Relic #8: Stone hat
Neckpiece, 2017
3D printed nylon, Sand, Paint, Thermoplastic polymer, Sterling Silver
55 x 50 x 35 mm (Approx)
Relic#9: Mad, Gentle and Serious
3D printed nylon, Paint, Ink, Sterling Silver
30 mm (diameter) x 30 (h)
Mad (black), Gentle (light green), Serious (red)
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