Ten artists, ranging from an architect, to an industrial designer, to an Israeli jeweler, have been commissioned to create a bracelet inspired by one of the ten commandments.
Ten writers, from award winners, to a murderer, to the curator’s mother, have been paired with each commandment bracelet to expound on their personal experiences with these rules.
Artist Judith Prays was bad at making decisions. After researching the topic, she found that the key to decision making is a strong value system. This being a completely new concept to her, she investigated further and came upon the Ten Commandments.
Judith found them powerful and wanted to make them more immediately present in her life so she made ten bracelets for herself with one commandment embedded in each. Each day, she wore two or three of the ones she wished to focus on. The experience was powerful and the conversations they prompted were remarkable.
For example, a woman waiting for her significant other outside a boutique asked about them. She’d never heard of the Ten Commandments, so at her request Judith read them to her. As she read them, specifically "Don't covet, don't commit adultery," the woman’s eyes widened in guilt and horror at the last one. When Judith insisted she take the bracelet with that commandment, she initially refused but finally put the bracelet on, as if she were taking on the commandment.
Judith gave away all of the original set of commandment bracelets in situations like this. She wanted to make a new set, but became curious about how other artists might interpret and create them, and how other people might experience them. Welcome to The Bracelet Project.