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Colorcore Personal Adornment Necklace, 1983

This is a Necklace. It was designed by Robert Ebendorf and collaborator: Ivy Ross. It is dated 1983 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is colorcore formica fragments, clothespins (painted wood, metal), cord. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

In the 1960s, Robert Ebendorf was one of the first to assemble everyday objects into jewelry that featured implicit storytelling. This necklace, made in collaboration with Ivy Ross, is an assemblage of throwaways that purposefully contain ambiguous symbolic content. Without disguising the origins of his materials, his contention was that any material, even manmade ColorCore Formica and outdated wooden clothespins, could be made into intriguing jewelry.

This object was donated by Susan Lewin. It is credited The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

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Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 36.3 × 26.4 × 1.3 cm (14 5/16 × 10 3/8 × 1/2 in.)

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Colorcore Personal Adornment Necklace, 1983; Designed by Robert Ebendorf ; colorcore formica fragments, clothespins (painted wood, metal), cord; L x W x D: 36.3 × 26.4 × 1.3 cm (14 5/16 × 10 3/8 × 1/2 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2016-34-19

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection.

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