Meet the Meatbag
How perfect would this bag have matched with Lady Gaga’s meat dress, non? The Meatbag is a design by dutch jewelry artist Ted Noten, who just recently has been chosen Dutch Artist of the Year 2012. In the ten years this prestigeus prize has been awarded it is the first time a jewelry artist has won. That’s probably because Noten isn’t your average jewelry artist. Artist yes, jewelry not necessarily. Most of them you can wear, but they do not automatically elevate beauty in the traditional way.
Noten is called the Archaeologist of the Future because of his designs in which he casts objects in acrylic; capturing a grasshopper, a mouse, cigarette buds, a gun or a pork chop. And then shaping them into jewelry pieces. But is a ring, a ring simply because you can wear it around your finger? Or is a bag, a bag just because it looks like it? Even though you can’t put anything in it. Noten’s designs trigger these questions and he dares you to make a statement. Are you up for it?
Photo: Meatbag by Ted Noten. Porkchop cast in acrylic, 18 krt. gold-leather handles.