May 07IN: NewsJEWELLERY CATEGORY FINALIST / JUSTICE MATSHELE What if the jewellery we wore not only looked beautiful, but spread a social message? We take a look at how designer Justice Matshele’s work manages to do both at once. Share2014 Imaginarium finalist Justice Nkgodi Matshele draws influence from his immediate surroundings – the African vista. His piece, Erratic Harmony, is an interpretation of our continent’s varied and singular landscape.Erratic Harmony by Justice MatsheleDesigning with IntentionUsing PPC cement, Justice designed and cast seven pebbles – each representing a different aspect of Africa’s natural beauty: forests, lakes, rivers, hills, valleys and plant and animal life. Although each is represented on its own, they are all connected by silver rods, expressing the interconnectedness of every pebble. The final result is a beautiful expression of a whole and healthy enviroment.It’s in the NameThe name, Erratic Harmony, is inspired by the organic arrangement of nature – where everything not only has its place, but works symbiotically. Civilisation has negatively impacted on the natural harmony of the earth, causing damage that in some cases, is irreversible. Justice believes that we need to engage with social issues as it is only by facing them head-on that we can hope to make for a better future. We loved how, using our cement, Justice created a piece of jewellery that was not only beautiful, but simultaneously conveyed an important message. This is one of the reasons he was named a finalist in the PPC Imaginarium Awards 2014.Do You Have Something to Say?Like Justice, do you believe in manifesting your convictions as art? Enter the 2015 PPC Imaginarium now and discover the beauty of using cement as a medium of expression.There are plenty of jewellery-makers innovating with concrete. Take a look at their work for further inspiration:Bergner SchmidtEmma BuggAlisa BerezovskiRelated ArticlesMarch 21IN: NewsEMERGING TALENT POPS UP AT THE AVA GALLERY March 13IN: NewsTalent From Emerging Creatives Showcases At Pop-Up Exhibition At Nelson Mandela University Bird Street Gallery, Port ElizabethMarch 06IN: NewsMeet the Judges - Pieter Mathews, 2019February 18IN: NewsMeet the judges – Adelheid von Maltitz, 2019February 15IN: NewsMeet Judge & Curator Stephen HobbsFebruary 15IN: NewsDon’t forget the deadline!