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Vitamin Store Necklace

This is a necklace. It was made by Verena Sieber-Fuchs. It is dated ca. 1990 and we acquired it in 1999. Its medium is woven metal wire, plastic, foil. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This large necklace or shoulder piece, Vitamin Store, by Verena Sieber-Fuchs, is made of small square pieces from medical blister packs, loosely woven, like beads, on thin metal wire. The effect is quite delicate and jewel like, though the materials suggest an element of social commentary.
Sieber-Fuchs studied textile design at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel and Zurich and worked in the textile field before becoming interested in jewelry. Her jewelry has been exhibited in many galleries and museums throughout Europe, including Gallery RA in Amsterdam, the Electrum Gallery in London, and the Musee d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Frankfurt, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among others. Sieber-Fuchs has a special interest in beadwork which, similar to her career, bridges textile and jewelry design.
In addition to traditional glass beads, Sieber-Fuchs has also incorporated such unconventional materials as tiny bits of unexposed photographic film and chopped-up newspaper financial pages into her jewelry designs. Sieber-Fuchs is based in Zurich, a center of pharmaceutical manufacturing, so it is not entirely surprising that she should turn to pill packaging for its possibilities in texture and ornament. The reflective surfaces of the blister pack fragments in this necklace are used to great effect, and the sharp edges of each cut out piece lends a stimulating feel to the piece. The woven structure allows the necklace to fall gracefully on the shoulders and move in concert with the wearer. The discovery that the necklace is made of pill packaging is a witty and poignant commentary on one of the major preoccupations of the late 20th-century industrialized world.

It is credited Museum purchase through bequest of Richard Greenleaf in memory of his mother Adeline Emma Greenleaf.

  • Bowl (Brazil)
  • stainless steel, diamond.
  • Gift of H. Stern.
  • 2007-47-1
  • Necklace
  • antique textile, rubber, onyx, nylon, zinc.
  • Promised gift to the Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian....
  • 7067.113.2016
  • PillPack
  • abs/pc resin, silicone.
  • Gift of PillPack.
  • s-e-2600

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 27 × 58.2 × 4.5 cm (10 5/8 × 22 15/16 × 1 3/4 in.)

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Vitamin Store Necklace; Made by Verena Sieber-Fuchs (Swiss, b. 1943); Switzerland; woven metal wire, plastic, foil; H x W x D: 27 × 58.2 × 4.5 cm (10 5/8 × 22 15/16 × 1 3/4 in.); Museum purchase through bequest of Richard Greenleaf in memory of his mother Adeline Emma Greenleaf; 1999-26-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Esperanza Spalding Selects.

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