Ever since it was invented, the car has not only represented technological ingenuity but also evoked connotations of very human qualities like mobility, freedom and luxury. For many people a car is more than just a mode of transport: it is linked to power and even eroticism. Cars are advertised in terms of pleasure, aesthetics, awareness and flexibility – all notions that apply equally to the discourse surrounding jewellery.

During a workshop project initiated by SCHMUCK2 at the jewellery department »Het Sierraad« at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam under the title »CARversation« 12 students (Dovile Bernadisiute, Mio Fujimaki, Tamara Gvierbergen, Jing He, Garam Jung, Laura Klinkenberg, Karoline Kvist, Giedre Lisauskaite, Veselina Popova, Bregje Sliepenbeck, Misato Unno and Eline Willemarck) focused upon the bizarre connection between cars, jewellery and human nature.

The six-month project culminated in an exhibition at Citroen Nederland B.V. and Amsterdam & PRPS (Public Rietveld Project Space).
Some of the works continued to be on display in the exhibition EXTREME CRAFTS at the Freies Museum Berlin.

EXTREME CRAFTS (curated by Ulrike Solbrig & Jole Wilcke & Hilde Methi) brought together current approaches in art that deal with the ethical and aesthetic dimension of craft and its potency as an idea in art. The exhibition wanted to highlight different ways to bring art and craft together to produce »a productive confusion within the normal hierarchy of cultural prestige«.