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 the different processes it undergoes in time, together with a material examination of how to achieve a result, which would be between controlled and coincidental, one that would illustrate those processes in the jewelry.

It was important for me to maintain my personal, specific work, and to learn the technique in depth so that I can have maximum control over the unplanned process. I used a technique of hiding and revealing. I planned the internal layers, the skeleton which combined metals and raw stones hidden in the material, and then revealed them by various ways of removal.

What distinguishes my works is my handwork, which allows me to combine technique and material, with emotion and philosophical thought – all my jewelry is one of a kind and cannot be reconstructed. So my work always combines intuition with controlled thought.

I don’t relate so much to trends. I think that the material question of my works is intriguing and therefore creates interest in the viewer. Today, the world of contemporary jewelry is so rich and break boundaries so it’s possible through them to pass a message, tell a story, ask questions, That’s how trends remain behind – Irrelevant.

 

Interview with Daniella Saraya.

Trends: Experienced Narratives.

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