Coral - Brooch, 2017 (Photo: L. Busman)
Jewelry for the Gods
'The true realness lies in the mirrorings and reflections of reality. Our reality is not the reality. Behind the reflections is where the realm of paradise or truthfulness is.'
I am fascinated by 'reality' and the transforming influence of our personal, spiritual or psychological approach and the sub-conscious.
This body of work is a registration of the process of abstract little sticky Play-Dough ideas literally forming shape. It shows the ping-pong between thought and matter, the worldly and the unworldly, earth and paradise. Through wearing, touching and absorbing these 'materialized ideas' you connect to the eternal; the realm of ideas, dreams, gods and paradise.
The play between rediscovered and redeveloped ancient Greek precious materials as Corinthian bronze and electrum with 3d techniques, connects the classic with the contemporary and the virtual- with our -relative- reality.
Rotating Brooch - 2017 (Photo: S. Castillo)
Jewellery as an initiation to the sacred circle of spirituality and human civilization
"The circle is related to the divine: a simple circle has, since ancient times, represented eternity, since it has no beginning and no end." (Bruno Munari)
Combining traditional and modern craft techniques, Soizig Carey creates poetic, precious metal forms which can be worn or serve as meaningful playful objects. Her most recent collection, 'Estética', explores geometric formulas, rotating movements and principally, the circle. The collection draws from publications by artist, designer and inventor, Bruno Munari, and by mathematician and philosopher, Matila Ghyka – each exploring geometry in art and nature and visual case studies of shapes.
Soizig is passionately committed to ethical and sustainable sourcing and uses fairly mined or recycled gemstones and precious metals. Soizig Carey is a French-Scottish contemporary jewellery maker. She has a BA in Silversmithing and Jewellery from Edinburgh College of Art and has been tutored by international artists including Dorothy Hogg, Lin Cheung and Giampaolo Babetto.
Leggerezza - Necklace, 2017 (Photo: Chiara Cavallo)
Jewellery as a synthesis of time, truth, humanity
To have a „down to earth“ attitude is a state of mind.
This is how I develop my method of making jewellery by following the rules pertaining to being grounded.
Like a seed that needs time to grow and we have to wait for the right moment to sow and to reap - the right wind, the right season - I patiently cultivate an idea that it is represented in the objects I create.
I observe things, people and behaviors and I connect them through my work, in order to have a clear view of what is happening around me. My jewellery are a synthesis of thoughts about balance, about the spontaneity of children and about the fragile nature of adulthood.
Initiation Pillow - Brooch, 2017 (Photo: B. Klekachkoska)
A jewellery journey crossing the borders of intimacy
The Initiation Pillows are part of my exploration series "Wearable Memories".
In this series I am combining a craft-based approach for making filigree safety-pins and soft silk pillow brooches. The silk is decorated with hand drawings and text. Asemic writing is used to express very intimate and personal impressions/emotions/memories as well as things inexpressible in language. At the same time a "space" is created for the associations/interpretations of the observer/wearer. Its aim is not to carry a defined message but to work as a key to The observer/wearer’s feelings and memories.
My profile is one of a jeweler and artist. Originally inspired by traditional filigree art, I employ new approaches to this ancient technique. The results are uniquely designed, delicately handcrafted pieces of jewelry.
My jewelry journey is a constant exploration of techniques/materials, but simultaneously of inner/outer spaces and borders - finding ways of connecting/crossing them, creating a jewelry language that captures and communicates the most intimate states and emotions.
I Am. Again. I Am. series - Necklace, 2017 (Photo: L. Marziali)
Jewelry as a mindful journey towards becoming radical
As human beings and artists we have an enormous responsibility when bringing new objects into the world, both in terms of their material impact and of the power they have to communicate. My studio practice reflects the way I try to live my life, in an unselfish dialogue between intention and design. I seek, in life and practice, to remain mindful of how my presence and my behaviour affect the world I live in, never stopping questioning my actions.
My jewelry does not claim to be a ready-made solution. It is for me the embodiment of a personal journey and dialogue both as an individual and as an organic element of my immediate and wider universes. And it is an invitation to the wearer and the viewer not to just appropriate or passively observe this dialogue but to actively participate in what is a shared initiation in being radical.
Blue Spire - Ring, 2017 (Photo: S.C. Pedrini)
Empowerment by connecting the wearer to the origins of jewellery
Sharon Chandally Pedrini’s work carries tradition forward, innovating under the influence of generations. Her pieces support a guiding vision: to enrich the human experience by connecting it to the power of ritual adornment.
Inspired by everything from sound waves to ancient amulets, she channels an appreciation for the elegant systems of nature into a deep-seated curiosity for craft. In her eyes, each piece of jewelry is an opportunity to create something precious and enduring in an age of abundant consumption.
Sharon's latest collection is a contemporary inquiry into filigree. An exploration of technique as material, its pieces navigate the tension between the intricacy that characterizes the style with simplicity, asymmetry and controlled chaos. The technique that weaved its way through her family’s history is dissected, explored and reimagined. The result is a collection that celebrates the dance between old and new with grace, glamour, and a touch of grit.
Soft Smart Hurricane Brooch - 2017 (Photo: C. Ziegler)
Melting the sacred with the profane
Facing death fearlessly and altering the level of consciousness were emotional and physical processes at the very core of the Eleusinian Mysteries.
ZLR Betriebsimperium presents a series of textile/paper jewellery inspired by the sketches prisoners of the Gestapo engraved on the cells walls in 1943-44, during the German occupation of Greece - still to be seen at the underground memorial in down town Athens. It could serve as a metaphor for the initiates’ journey to the underworld. The sketches, often pornographic in nature, are a dionysiac hymn to life.
The melted plastic mandalas of ZLR Betriebsimperium reflect the abolishment of the boundaries between time and space, form and color, object and function the mystics experienced inside the Sanctuary. Like the kykeon, the brooches remind us that only the ones who leave behind truisms will drink from the fountain of knowledge. Our soul is capable of marrying the sacred to the profane with the outmost innocence in the critical moments of swinging between life and death. Thus, the message of the Eleusinian Mysteries lives on, even if it takes a different form in a different context.
Matriarchal Dominance - Brooch, 2017 (Photo: A. Barouta)
Silver fragments reflecting Παντα Ρει
"Speak Memory, and let your voice reach the stars. Dig deep into your roots and you will be rewarded with wings of steel."
Archetypal artifacts, myths, symbols and heroes are turned into ornaments and amulets, their forms clearly defined , the details engraved with passion for precision. Moved by the art of painting, Evgenia Zoidaki transforms silver to a fragment of a mythical world using silk, artificial fibers, precious stones and egg tempera on wood.
The fragment absorbs the noise of the earth, the big urban settlements and the cosmos as a whole and reflects the ever moving reality (παντα ρει).
Evgenia Zoidaki was born in Hania, Crete in 1981. She graduated from the Mokume School for Design and Jewellery in Athens. She lives and works in Greece and The Netherlands.
Her jewellery brand Evzo alludes to the ancient Greek phrase "ευ ζην" meaning living with quality.
Curated by ZLR Betriebsimperium