One of...in a million
One of ... in a million is a series of pins featuring motifs from two one-off brooches. One-off jewellery is the most exclusive form of jewellery possible, as only one individual can acquire it. With “One of ... in a million” Mette Saabye has created 1,000 brooches that feature reproductions of the motifs from her own one-off dog brooches “The Puppy Fido” and “The Puppy Putin”. Mass-produced pins are the cheapest form of jewellery possible, available to anyone at hardly any cost. They feign uniqueness but could not possibly measure up to the real thing. In this way, Mette Saabye explores the relationship between one-off and mass-produced pieces and questions the elevated status of jewellery.
b. 1969, Danish Jewellery Designer
Mette Saabye graduated from the Institute for Precious Metals in 1996. Mette Saabye’s exhibitions include “Second Nordic Jewellery Triennale”, “Design and Crafts Biennale” and “Use it” at Expo. Mette Saabye won the Design and Crafts Biennale, F.L. Foght’s Foundation 2004 and received the three-year working grant of the Danish Arts Foundation in 2006. Mette Saabye’s work is highly conceptual, and her choice of materials is subject to the thematic content of her work. She often finds inspiration for her jewellery by reviewing the basic criteria for what constitutes jewellery. It is essential for Mette Saabye to create works that operate on multiple levels, in particular in terms of their decorative qualities and theoretical foundation.