"My aim is to harness materials in such a way that they flow and take shape without abandoning functionality; and to create pieces that stand out and define themselves. I want to strike a balance between usefulness and beauty, and to respect materials and their qualities. I also want to highlight what is beautiful and ugly, good and bad, and capture that in an useable object, which must be timeless. The idea is to attain the freedom that lets the creative process flow until it loses control of itself, making things with my hands, starting from nothing. Journeys, stories, memories and emotions are the subject of my work."
26/11/2018 - 28/11/2018
My favorite motif is a box, or more specifically, a box as a container. It contains a world inside that is separated from the outside world. The possibilities of the inside world are unlimited. I like that the box can overflow with my imagination. When I was a child, my mother bought me “a stage for puppet plays”. I was crazy about this small wooden stage. It was just an ordinary stage, but I could do anything I wanted on it and as much as I wanted. Only imagination was needed. It may have triggered my first interest in a box. I also liked to think about titles for stories. I wrote down a list of titles. When one of these touched my imagination and made it fly, I wrote a story. Then I’d make a picture book, a theme song, puppets for the characters, and then I played it on the stage. There was no audience. I played it for myself. But sometimes I secretly tape-recorded the play. Or I placed my picture book in the library of the class. Since those days, I’ve developed other amusements like looking out the window of a train and seeing the city of Tokyo; numerous houses, apartments, buildings… a city is a mass of boxes. Each of these boxes has a window and beyond each window a stranger’s life exists. Innumerable stories are going on there. The fact that the city actually exists can overwhelm me- it’s not imaginary. The interesting point for me is that I still do the same thing. We are all living only one precious moment. There are numberless, subtle yet different feelings we possess but cannot express by words. Various feelings, memories, and thoughts are like a universe that exists inside every person. By introducing one universe to another, endless intertwined stories are happening on this earth right now. And I am living as one of the main characters in one of those stories. This knowledge inspires me with a courage so strong that I can drive all cares away. I create my works with this knowledge. I get motivated by meeting new people and things. I feel then that the universe inside of me expands a little bit more. Then I create more. I make jewelry now. I think that the real jewel is the heart. Like imagination, like the universe, it expands. Eyes are the windows of the endless world inside. Shiny eyes, those touched by the world around them, are the most beautiful gems. I would like to create true jewelry that can penetrate and brighten the eyes of those who see it. I would like to deliver my heart to your heart. I keep creating my jewelry with this idea in mind.
14/11/2018 - 16/11/2018
Much of the inspiration for my pieces comes from nature, from its perfect and beautiful irregular shapes from the sounds and silences that it produces. I investigate in the constant changes of those natural forms in their solid structures but of ethereal appearance, in the relationship between full and empty and in the meaning that one gives to the other. I like to think and design each piece as unique, I do them myself taking care of all the details but at the same time I let myself be surprised by the unforeseen events that happen in the process and contribute to enrich the final result I think one of the characteristics that unify my collections is that apart from being unique pieces in their majority they all have some theatrical.
13/12/2018 - 15/12/2018
In 2002 Michela Boschetto, alias Micartapesta, graduated at the IUAV University of Venice. She lives and works in Padua where the passion for the art together with architecture and design continue to be her primary interests.
Since some years, partly for the pleasure of making and wearing unusual, personalised jewellery capable of conveying emotion to those using them, and partly because forging materials in manual work has always been a passion of her, she has been devoting her energies to making papier-mâché objects and jewellery.
Its raw materials are simple, basic, and elementary: water, glue and paper. Inspiration takes place by observing the reality that surrounds it: its colors and aromas. Everyday she carries out research on the trends of the moment and then reworks them. This reinterpretation develops as she leafs through newspapers and colored paper from all sorts, treating them and gluing them. This papier-mâché” is obtained using two methods depending on the end result and type of object that she wants to make: sheet or pulp.
Apart of the basic material the "cartapesta", she adds worked-pieces in silver or gold to make the jewel particularly attractive and precious. This ability to work the noble materials it began after a course at the Istituto Pietro Selvatico in Padua, that then it has been continued at the Lucia Davanzo laboratory, a Padua goldworking school artist.
Alessandra vive e lavora a Roma dove realizza gioielli in cartapesta mentre da anni porta avanti la sua passione per il Design e i Matrimoni Green. Un lavoro di ricerca e sperimentazione, grazie all'uso di diversi materiali primo fra tutti la carta.
"Il mio lavoro di eco designer nasce dalla passione per i materiali, le tecniche e il colore. Collaboravo con alcune tipografie ed ero circondata dalla carta, gli scarti finivano dentro dei grandi bidoni di metallo prima di andare al macero, erano strisce, rettangoli di diversi tipi di carta e colore, per me una grande risorsa a portata di mano ed è così che è cominciata. La carta è un materiale magico per le infinite possibilità che ci offre, può essere modellata, piegata, arrotolata, accartocciata, dipinta e ogni tecnica crea effetti completamente diversi.
Ma soprattutto la carta è leggera ! Quando si indossano dei gioielli anche voluminosi quasi non ce ne accorgiamo. Due sono le linee principali che nel tempo ho sviluppato: i gioielli di carta floreali, nati una decina di anni fa, e quelli geometrici molto più recenti. Tutti gli elementi, che si tratti di fiori o forme piramidali, sono modellati a mano con la cartapesta e poi dipinti e montati."
02/05/2019 - 04/05/2019
One of my favourite places in the world is not a spot that you stand on, but rather gaze upon: the numerous mountain ranges that encircle my hometown Canberra, Australia. In their absence, I appreciate how much I miss them, and how the mountains have made a mark on me. The hills and mountainscapes are a landmark, as well and an anchor, to that place.
My practice is based in jewellery and small metals. At the core of my practice is the exploration of the connections made between objects and people; and how the object itself plays into those connections by representing on-going narratives. I am interested in the mark that the owner of an object contributes to a piece. A thread that runs through my body of work is that cherished objects, in particular jewellery, have the potential to act as a souvenir, an aides de mémoires, of a special event, beloved person, or a particular place. Through my current body of work I further explore the equally important mark the object makes upon the wearer, and viewer alike. There is a recognition that feelings for and about a specific place are deeply personal. Through this physical mark making I explored the deepening of a relationship to place. The thread of souvenir evolved from drawing on environment of a specific place for inspiration for the physical marks made. The terrain inspiration or line gestures are taken from a specific place and superimposed onto an object. What makes a souvenir powerful its removal from the origin. Whilst drawing on the dots, lines, forms, patterns and textures of a specific place to create the objects, there is an understanding that in the same moment these locations pattern our emotions and memories. My hope is that by gazing at these objects the viewer is transported to a specific place, and are reminded that they are connected to the ground on which you stand and the world at large.
18/10/2018 - 20/10/2018
"I’m interested in ways our mental endowment reacts to contrasts. How familiarity with some concepts decides category inclusion or exclusion (intuition is mere recognition). By way of its construction, our mind tends to work best when filling in the rest of a pattern: a melody, an expression, a word association. I try to remind myself the potential pitfalls of this ‘auto’ mode. My work tries to break that. I consider myself a creator of visual doubt."
22/11/2018 - 24/11/2018
Leather, 3D. A soft material where the shape, dimension and the way
the leather is cut and joint makes it hold its structure. There is no frame. The metallic parts only bind together different pieces, and also connect them to you. This is the theme. There are different things that correspond to this property cluster, a unicept in the language of thought: recent trials, future ideas, abandoned ideas, related ideas and the objects in this collection all belong to this new mental entity.
“Each piece in this limited edition series of rings is a unique piece. The person who wears it will experience strength and gentleness at the same time, while feeling the synergy of two creative minds blending and becoming one”
Letizia Maggio, Fabrizio Bonvicini
27/09/2018 - 29/09/2018
Brazil based in Sweden
"Carla Vaz changes her life after moving to Asia and discovers a new world of possibilities to express her feelings throughout the ancient art of metal knitting and crochet jewelry. Moving back to Brazil, Carla Vaz starts a new career as a jeweler combining crochet and metalsmith techniques.
Currently based in Sweden, Carla Vaz brings her timeless and delicate pieces to Europe.
Her jewelry has been exhibited at The Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, at the Dubai International World Trade Center, Art Galleries in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília and Art exhibitions in Singapore. "
11/10/2018 - 13/10/2018
A Napoli, uno studio atelier come casa, spazio per lavorare, esporre, vivere. Qui si esprime Alba Rosa Mancini che all’attività di architetto affianca quella di designer. Nelle sue opere c’è storia, c’è passione, c’è l’esperienza del passato pregna del sapere futuro. Le sue creazioni invitano al dialogo, mettono in comunicazione il sentire del fruitore e del loro ideatore, suscitano curiosità ed emozione anche attraverso il linguaggio dei materiali, utilizzati in modo da coinvolgere ed indurre al contatto fisico con l’oggetto: al design razionale e funzionale affianca il piacere della decorazione che fa spuntare un sorriso. Qui l’artigianato, come per incanto, sconfina nell’arte: materiali di antica memoria, rame , ferro, legni, scogli, argento si combinano all’acciaio, alla carta, alle resine, plasmati danno vita ad una morbida e rigorosa eleganza. Ma c’è di più. In queste opere c’è il sapore del Mediterraneo, i suoi colori, i suoi silenzi e la voglia di trasmetterli: ci sono le radici dell’autore -Alba Rosa è nata a Manduria (Taranto) - e l’eredità di tutti noi. Tutti i progetti di Alba Rosa sono racconti che nascono nella gioia di una creazione : gioielli dal segno essenziale che avvolgono lo spazio. Ogni monile ha un nome, un significato non è solo un ornamento, ma dialoga con la persona, fa parte del suo modo di essere e di sentire: pezzi unici progettati per creare un forte legame con il committente.
24/10/2018 - 26/10/2018