functional purpose. The jewellery explores the meaning of function in general,
and specifically in relation to jewellery and tools. The jewellery is made to
resemble tools and is visually perceived as such, but essentially, it is
simply jewellery. The form expression has references to funnels, drinking
bowls, cups, handles and bowls for collecting dew or liquids in connection
with condensation etc.
Danish wood types are used in the design. The point is to demonstrate that
jewellery can be much more than anonymous classics in gold with diamonds, and
that the jewellery we choose to wear expresses who we are and how we want to
In her work, Mette Saabye attempts to explore and define the meaning and
function of jewellery. One of the fundamental premises of jewellery is
function, but how should this be understood, and can it be defined more
She asks questions and challenges common perceptions of jewellery by examining
its wide range of possible applications and various forms of inherent value.
Her jewellery can be illusory, carry memories and recollections and hold
material value and multiple functions. In addition, the jewellery also serves
as a means of interpersonal communication.
Characteristically, Mette Saabye always operates with multiple layers of
meaning. The content determines both her idiom and her choice of materials.
Mette Saabye finds it interesting to combine natural and imitated materials
and to process them to enter into a logical context. She finds inspiration in
her close surroundings and in art and science.