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Sari Räthel

MA work

Gender Blender

Gender theorist Judith Butler claims that gender is a performed social construction we are born into and copy form our parents and surroundings, but not something we necessarily have a choice about how we enact in life. This project is interrogating this idea by enabling the wearer to ‘try on’ their gender in a fictional wardrobe full of jewellery items, which embody stereotypically gendered body parts. Offering them the accessories to change it or enhance it, depending on how they feel or want to appear. The pieces are inspired by breasts, hips, balls, broad shoulders and the adam’s apple but also adorn ares which normally get cosmetically modified to fit into social expectations like the armpit, the nails and the ear canal.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Jewellery & Metal, 2016

  • I am a jewellery designer, exploring themes around the body through adornments, objects and collages. I also really enjoy collaborating with other artists and designers from fields such as fashion and architecture and I am always open to expand the mediums I work in.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Gemstone and Jewellery Design, University of Applied Sciences Trier, Idar-Oberstein, 2013
  • Experience

  • Freelance for Scott Wilson Jewellery London, 2014 ; Freelance for Chetwoods Architects, 2015; Visiting lecturer at University of Hertfordshire, 2016
  • Exhibitions

  • nsaio 4, Gallery Marzee, Nijmengen, NL, 2013; Mineral Art "Between Layers", State Collection of Antiques Munich, DE, 2014; Bavarian State Prize for Young Designers 2014, BMW Museum, Munich, DE, 2015; Where is the Gold?, London Design Festival, London, GB, 2015; Transmission, Studio411, Montpellier, FR, 2015; I didn’t ask for this, Rhabbitat Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, 2016
  • Awards

  • Recognition for Mineral Art Contest 2012; Chosen for Gallery Legnica Contest 2013; Chosen for Bavarian State Prize for Young Designers 2014; Winner of RCA Eyewear Contest 2015; ITS JEWELRY finalist 2016