All posts filed under: Jewellery

Fly collection by Sofia Bankeström

«There is a hierarchy of materials, we value some more than others. I hope that we can be more open to value worked material from sustainable sources.» The FLY collection is a result of flow and pleasure. I started making these carved wooden creatures during an exhibition with more conceptual pieces where part of the display was my workbench. Some people sat down with me for a while and I found that simultaneously working with my hands would take the edge off any awkward silence that occurred. This low-key synergy turned out to be a method for making the spectator want to stay longer, explore the exhibition further and reflect on it with me. So, for me, they are connected with positive energy and as they are brooches they are made to be worn and taken along with you. This is what I want them to do, spread a playful energy and encourage interaction and communication. I define my practice as jewelry, but as I see it there aren’t really any limits for what this …

Bomfim by Bruna Bortolotti

« (…) I maintain my taste for subtlety, for the discarding of the superfluous, an aesthetic and repertoire that I acquired in the study of the architecture and the practice of the workshop.»   Created in 2015 by Bruna Bortolotti, Bortolotti is a jewelry label that has in the manufacture and design process, the author’s premise for its creations. With small-scale production, all the pieces are handcrafted by the young goldsmith artist of 23 years, in the workshop in Fortaleza, HQ of Bortolotti. Her process of creating is totally intuitive, the models are born in the middle of design production. She learned from her grandfather to fuse and lapse her creations, produced “in the old fashion”, respecting time. All the pieces bring in themselves lightness and minimalism, aesthetic choices that start with the idea of permanence and simplicity. Earrings, rings, necklaces and other objects bring in the fabric of the design process: distorted circumferences, apparent hooks, polished and unpolished finish, grooves of the metal. The pieces tell much about a way of seeing the world …

Handmade Nature by Daniella Saraya

«Alongside the emotional work, the project also had a research motivation – the observation of nature in order to understand the different processes it undergoes in time (…)»   This project is actually a development of my final project, at my B.A. in jewelry design –RE-COVER- in which I dealt with the formation of a person’s character, in comparison with the processes of crystallization in nature. And what is the meaning of the whole in this context, and how is it defined. Over time, a person goes through contradictory processes wherein they accumulate layers and peel them off. A varying exposure of the surface creates patterns of behavior and habits; injury or removal create a space and reveal the earlier layers.  The same experiences constantly change the existing whole and redefine its form.  I believe that the way to heal requires a certain acceptance of the absence and defining it as part of the whole. Alongside the emotional work, the project also had a research motivation – the observation of nature in order to understand …

MABO by Marcella Leite

«My goal is always to create jewels that go beyond economic value, carry a content of art, design, and architecture and deliver this representation.»   With a Carioca inspiration, Marcella Leite, who studied architecture, fashion and graduated in design, launched a Modernist collection, the third of its three-year history and the expression of its brand’s maturation. “It’s a very special line. It took me a long time to develop: it’s been six months since I got out of my comfort zone and I made myself do something different.”  The inspiration is the modernist movement, “the impact of it on architecture and various icons of modern art”. Among the muses and muses of Marcella, are the artist Alexander Calder, the architect Oscar Niemeyer, and the painters Pablo Picasso and Tarsila do Amaral. Thus, each piece combines the minimalism and lightness that are trademarks of Mabo to the content and information of art.” “My goal is always to create jewels that go beyond economic value, carry a content of art, design and architecture and deliver this representation. …

GRAFO Collection by Susana Teixeira Jewellery

«GRAFO series tells a story that must be read in the light of the harmonious relationship between Geometry and Jewellery.»   GRAFO is a collection that materializes the geometric representation of the interrelationship of two elements. The idea of creating this collection was born from the mathematical concept of a graph. Each piece consists of spheres, in variable number and size, connected by small wire segments. The structure thus constituted intends to emphasize the agglutinating role of the elements of the group, maintaining the individuality of each one.   I have a background in Mathematics, so I tend to make jewelry that often crosses the realms of this science. Geometry had always been my favorite subject and for me is natural to think of a jewellery piece as being a mathematical element. GRAFO series tells a story that must be read in the light of the harmonious relationship between Geometry and Jewellery. I try to create timeless pieces that tell their own story. However, in each season, there is often a particular type of jewel …

Canoa Lab – Part II

«We are also aware that the world is unstoppable, and patterns of action need to be renewed, even in crafts, whose model is in a moment of division and continual change.» It could be said that our pieces and our space, CANOA-lab (a place where everyone can approach the subject through classes, open study or internships), follow current tendencies in this promising future for handcrafts. Not so much related to shape, texture or their finish but to a vital positioning towards production, market, and knowledge sharing. Producing stuff by hand, doing some research, experimenting with plastic arts and enjoying work and creation processes make us have the potential to grow and develop ourselves while confronting the huge number of problems which arise with the decision to become producers and distributors of what we do. In this volatile society which has long forgotten the idea of working at the same place all your life, in this moment of history when values are changing and society demands a more sensitive and sustainable production, it seems necessary to …

Canoa Lab – Part I

«We think the dizzying speed of the current world keeps us from seeing how really important things are. So TIME was a key element for us, as it is probably the most valuable thing we have.» CANOA started as an idea around October 2015 but it wasn’t until May 2016 when it became a label at an official presentation in an open studio taking place two yearly in Russafa (Valencia). To set the project up we brought to the table our main curiosity and worries. We think the dizzying speed of the current world keeps us from seeing how really important things are. So TIME was a key element for us, as it is probably the most valuable thing we have. And we need it to follow our INQUISITIVENESS, the second inexhaustible and infinite key element of our project. We had just learned two new trades (new for us, old for humanity), and we found out that most crafts require slow and precise ability in order to be developed. From that moment we needed a …

Phase Jewellery by Lynne MacLachlan

«I try not to get too persuaded in my work by trends as such, but I did start using 3D printing as its newness seemed like an easy way to be original, not long after 3D printing really entered the public consciousness and I have been able to ride that wave a little which is nice.» Phase jewellery came about through experimenting with some bespoke digital generative design tools I had made to explore another design concept. However one day I realized something much more interesting appearing in front of me – that of the phenomenon of Moiré patterns on the computer screen, this creative episode was the seed of the development of the collection, concentrating on sculptural geometric forms, all based on cone shapes, with cut-out sections that produce this almost magical kinetic effect as the wearer moves. At the same time, I had discovered the material I most work in now, 3D printed nylon, a laser sintered nylon power that creates light, strong and flexible objects. The technique allowed precise and complex shapes …

Human Ivory by Lucie Majerus

«”Human Ivory” proposes an egalitarian jewellery collection, where the body is being adorned by its own gem, polished from recognizable teeth into an abstract but familiar pearl shape.» While researching abundant and scarce materials, I was intrigued by the amount of meat industry waste and the lack of ivory. Not only elephants have teeth, but what happens to cow and pig teeth? Why don’t we value other teeth as well? When I lost my own wisdom teeth, I kept them and came up with the idea of Human Ivory. Why wouldn’t we value our own material instead of seeking precious material from other species? How can I as a designer give value to human teeth outside of their initial context the mouth? All my process was written down in my Bachelor Thesis “Human Ivory”. With this project, I want to twist our perspective on valuable materials and reconsider conventional preciousness. The concept is to suggest a new cultural behavior where we humans seek for preciousness within our own material. A tooth can only be harvested …

Jewellery by Arc Objects

«The pieces are unique in their boldness, in their simplicity, in their abstraction. They push the boundaries of wearable and usable sculpture.» ARC is a concept, not a product: it is, at its core, a body of work that seeks to encourage mindfulness and individual creative expression. From jewelry to home objects, it is a collection that explores and experiments with wearable and functional sculpture. An arc is simultaneously a shape and a concept; similarly, ARC objects seek to be both literal and figurative. It is the continuation of my thesis project at Parsons. The pieces are unique in their boldness, in their simplicity, in their abstraction. They push the boundaries of wearable and usable sculpture. ARC is not inspired by trends; in fact, the designs are born from quite the opposite starting point. ARC is inspired by timeless beauty; colors, shapes, textures found in nature; the surreal; the abstract; and asymmetry that feels as balanced as symmetry. Interview with Arc Objects / Images © Heather Sten / model: River Jensen. Trends: Hiperbolic Minimalism.