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Designer/Maker Polly VAN DER GLAS

Since 2005 Polly’s work has centered on materials that were once attached to our bodies: human hair, teeth and fingernails. Polly is interested in examining the constructed nature of beauty, particularly the kind of beauty and bodies our culture values. When attached to the body, we praise hair and teeth that adhere to the rules. They are key sites where body beauty is defined. Yet when they are shed, their meaning and value undergoes a dramatic transformation. Polly's work explores this transformation in meaning, and uses it to destabilise ideas about beauty.

Polly has been creating wearable works under the label VAN DER GLAS since 2007. Silversmith qualified (NMIT advanced diploma) and 2006 Fresh! award winner, Polly’s previous study also includes a degree in fashion design from RMIT, and…

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  • Born on June 16
  • Joined March 7, 2010

Favorite materials

Human Hair, Human Teeth, Human Fingernails, Sterling Silver, 9k Gold

About

Designer/Maker Polly VAN DER GLAS

Since 2005 Polly’s work has centered on materials that were once attached to our bodies: human hair, teeth and fingernails. Polly is interested in examining the constructed nature of beauty, particularly the kind of beauty and bodies our culture values. When attached to the body, we praise hair and teeth that adhere to the rules. They are key sites where body beauty is defined. Yet when they are shed, their meaning and value undergoes a dramatic transformation. Polly's work explores this transformation in meaning, and uses it to destabilise ideas about beauty.

Polly has been creating wearable works under the label VAN DER GLAS since 2007. Silversmith qualified (NMIT advanced diploma) and 2006 Fresh! award winner, Polly’s previous study also includes a degree in fashion design from RMIT, and postgraduate study at Melbourne University in cultural studies. She currently shares a studio with three other jewellers in Melbourne.

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