Jaydan Moore is a metalsmith and printmaker living and working in the USA. He is motivated by how an object moves through the world, changing in meaning as it is passed down, and how it is cherished as its significance grows. This history of objects has led to his continued exploration of heirlooms, imagining how their previous owners may have affected these objects. Revealing evidence of wear by the dings, scratches and patination that can be read on its surface, he believes that the past still lives within the new object. That nothing is lost, only given a new history.
What have you rebelled against in the past, and what are you rebelling against now?
I think my first real rebellion was wanting to stop using newly milled materials. I was pretty tired of how filled the world is and tired of contributing to that type of society. I think this was an inner struggle as much as a rebellion of what was going on in society. I come from a very tradition style of making. I always felt that making the material itself has importance in fabricating the final piece. So to decide to use found materials was tough for me, but in the end there is so much history and inherent value that felt so potent to my work to let my past craft tradition go a bit.
Do you need to be a rebel to enjoy your work?
I don’t think you need to rebel to enjoy my work. I like to think that the work shows where we must go in our consumerist, overly filled world. There are so many things we can reshape and reuse to make our world better. I think of it more as a pertinent evolution, but that also may be a definition of rebellion.
Do you use your own work?
I don’t use the types of utensils I sent to the show, but I do have a few hand forged spoons I have made at home. The spoons have a pretty wide bowl that I love to use for deserts. It has a great front edge that is good for scooping small portions. I really wish that I could have come to the Steinbeisser dinner to experience the pieces with the guests. A lot of the making process for that collection was thinking about how the guests would be interacting with the pieces.
Do you think tableware can still be improved? If yes, in what way?
I do think tableware can be improved. The first thing that comes to mind is the new types of compostable and digestible utensils that are taking over the plastic disposable tableware. I also looked at so many of the pieces that were at the dinner as reevaluating how we want to enjoy our food. Many of the pieces on Jouw… think about what different material, style, form, and use would do for the dining experience. For most of our cultural history with utensils, we have been slowly evolving how we interact with food with utensils. We went from steel to silver, to stainless, to help not affect the taste of what we ate from the patination of each material. How different cultures have chosen to eat their food has also played a part in what forms utensils take.
What was the inspiration for your Steinbeisser series?
My inspiration was pretty simple for my Steinbeisser series, play and find ways to make these objects fun to eat with. I only hoped that the chefs wouldn’t have to struggle with using the utensils. I hoped that how the pieces came together would make the sharing of these utensils with the other guests enjoyable and ways to start a conversation.
Describe your work in 3 words!
Commemorative. Detailed. Considered.
What kind of materials do you use and where do you get them from?
The pieces I made for the show were all from a second-hand shop here in Richmond, VA. What was so great about working with this second-hand shop was the owner had hundreds of pounds of the plated utensils. I was able to scour through so much to find as many different styles to use for the dinner.
What are you working on right now?
I am currently working on quite a few larger pieces, for a museum exhibition, and a solo exhibition at a gallery in New York this fall. I have been working with silver-plated objects for the last eight years and have collected quite a bit of scrap, and casts off from this body of work. This next body of work is using all of this leftover materials and creating some semblance of the history of this leftover detritus.
What has been your favorite dining experience?
That is a really good question. My favorite dining experience was during a camping trip with a few friends and family. I was visiting my family in northern California and we went out for a weekend trip further north. While on the trip we grabbed some fresh mussels, a ton of wine, cheese, charcuterie, and other goodies and parked the car next to the side of the road, alongside a beach, and just enjoyed it all!
What excites you about tomorrow?
What excites me about tomorrow is going back into the studio and further connecting with this material I have been working with. To not only make large sculptures but to use up all the materials. Making the process as efficient as possible. Becoming like a chef and using all of the carcass of my platter material. To gather up all the moments and make sure nothing is lost.
What further ambitions do you have?
My ambitions are really to keep making for as long as possible and to keep being curious with what I am working on. I hope to keep being a full time for as long as possible. I hope to keep sharing what weird crazy ideas that come to my heading and heading back to the studio.