Monday, 12 November 2012

What is Kitsch?

The following article is an except from one originally published on the Ji Ji Kiki blog. To read it in full, click here.

One of the first types of jewellery I made when Ji Ji Kiki first started was kitsch jewellery.
Over the years Ji Ji Kiki has evolved and expanded to include other styles of jewellery as well as non jewellery items, including bags, plushies and clothing.

The term 'kitsch' was popularised in the 1930s by art theorists as a derogatory term, seeking to distance the avant garde ‘proper art’ from the more popular, mass-produced and culturally threatening artwork preferred by the general populous. Kitsch artwork was deemed sentimental, unoriginal and tacky-purely for the masses.

These days kitsch is looked upon with a little more kindness, though the contemporary view of what kitsch is have changed slightly. Rather than being a snobbish way for discerning art theorists to dismiss art that isn’t to their taste, kitsch is viewed as items that are bright, colourful and fun though the original notions of kitsch being tacky, cheap and mass-produced can still apply.

At Ji Ji Kiki, I try to steer away from the mass-produced. The majority of the items that I sell are handmade by indie designers and a lot of the items are cute, colourful and a little quirky.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

New Jewellery

There are lots of lovely new kitsch jewellery items over at Ji Ji Kiki.
 Below is just a small selection, so why not head over to the website to see all of the new arrivals!

Sweetie Jar Earrings

Soot Sprite Necklace

Candy Star Ring

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Sneek Peek

Two parcels full of gorgeous new pieces have just arrived at my desk! Both lots of items are from two brand new designers, Sofa City Sweethearts and Hip Hop Candy and I can't say how excited I am to have them on board.

Below is a little sneeky look at some of their pieces, which I will be adding to the site over the next couple of days.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Raising money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we want to do our part! To help raise money we have created a number of limited edition pieces, of which 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

We have also picked out some pink pieces from Ji Ji Kiki and a portion of the proceeds from these will be donated. We have put the pink ribbon and a little bit of information of each of the pieces.

Below are the limited edition items of which 50% will be donated-not only will you be getting something only a few other people will own you'll also be helping us raise money to find a cure for cancer. And if that doesn't give you a fuzzy feeling inside we don't know what will, so get shopping and thank you!

'Vintage Rose' Limited edition bead bracelet £12.00

Pink and Silver drop earrings £8.50

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

More birthday celebrations!

Continuing with our birthday celebrations this month we have two new competitions to announce!
The first is with Aussie blog Tee and Fame, who are giving you the chance to win one of three necklaces, 'Paris je t'aime', 'Sadako' origami crane or a retro camera necklace.

The competition closes 21st September and they also have a 15% discount to use at Ji Ji Kiki so make sure you check them out.

The second competition is being run by alternative magazine Alt Fashion, who have two £20 vouchers to spend at Ji Ji Kiki.  This competition closes 21st November so you'll be able to treat yourself to a little something as a reward for your hard work Christmas shopping!  Click on the image below to go to the competition page.