Blog Interview- Ute Decker – Wearing the Line

Blog Interview- Ute Decker – Wearing the Line


Having recently won the Gold and Silver awards by The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards, which are considered as the “Jewellery Oscars,” Ute Decker’s works can only be characterised as expressive, three-dimensional “Geometric Poetry”. Her unique, and limited edition pieces have become such a beautiful, distinctive mark to Decker that they have become so avidly collected, with her works sitting in the public collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Musée Barbier-Mueller, the UK Crafts Council Collection and the Swiss National Museum. Elisabetta Cipriani sits down with Ute Decker discussing her highly acclaimed Wearable Art collection. EC: When did you start making jewellery and why? UD: I was 40 when I first exhibited my work – not really a youngster. My background started with studies at the Sorbonne, then a degree in political economics – I worked as a linguist and dabbled in journalism with stints at the UN and CNN. But during all this time there was always a creative urge; taking courses in sculpture, philosophy, photography, ceramics, silversmithing, jewellery and numerous others. It was, however, jewellery that I returned to again and again for over 20 years. Eventually in 2009, I accepted an invitation to take […]

Celebrating a Decade of Wearable Art: An Interview with Elisabetta Cipriani


Elisabetta Cipriani’s pioneering concept of wearable art has redefined the meaning of, and the boundaries between jewellery and fine art. Since 2009, her powerful artistic collaborations have captured the imaginations of collectors from across the globe. Today Elisabetta’s gallery is a world-leading artist jewellery gallery representing over two dozen international contemporary artists. This year, Elisabetta celebrates her ten-year anniversary in the wearable art business. We sat down with Elisabetta to look back on her incredible journey over the past decade. What inspired you to start your wearable art business? I have always had a passion for antique jewellery ever since I was a child. Back then, I didn’t know anything about artist jewellery, but I had a passion for beautiful objects. My mother actually used to take out her jewellery with me while I sat on her bed. As I tried on my mother’s jewels, I would constantly ask her if, one day, I could have not one but all of them! Elisabetta’s parents in the 1990’s For me, I’ve always had a passion for jewellery deep in my heart. After finishing school, I really wanted to study jewellery design. I ended up doing a short course on pearls and diamonds, […]

A Decade of Wearable Art & Giorgio Vigna | 21 November – 13 December


Elisabetta Cipriani is pleased to present A Decade of Wearable Art & Giorgio Vigna, a special exhibition celebrating the gallery’s ten-year anniversary. The exhibition will be on show at Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery from the 21st November – 13th December 2019, Monday to Friday, 10am–6pm.  Giorgio Vigna, Floralia (2019), 18kt yellow gold earrings with pearls, 10.5 cm long, Edition of 10, Signed and numbered Featuring an eclectic and broad range of wearable art collaborations from the past ten years, the exhibition presents works by world leading visual artists, including Adel Abdessemed, Ania Guillaume, Ai Weiwei, Alba Polenghi Lisca, Atelier Van Lieshout, Avish Khebrehzadeh, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Chiharu Shiota, David R. Caballero, Enrico Castellani, Erwin Wurm, Francesco Arena, Giorgio Vigna, Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone, Ifeanyi Oganwu, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Jacqueline de Jong, Jannis Kounellis, Kendell Geers, Liliane Lijn, Michele Oka Doner, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Paolo Canevari, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Rebecca Horn, Sissi, Sophie Whettnall, Tatsuo Miyajima, Tom Sachs, and Wim Delvoye. Works by EC Lab artists, namely, Flavie Audi, John Moore, Maria Sole Ferragamo, Noor Fares, and Ute Decker, will also be featured. For this special retrospective exhibition, Elisabetta has invited Giorgio Vigna to present two new projects, Floralia and Crystalline, together with a series of […]

Scultura Aure at Galleria Nazionale delle Marche | 31 May–8 September 2019


Dear Friends, We are very pleased to announce our participation in the artist jewellery exhibition Scultura Aurea – Gioielli D’Artista per un Nuovo Rinascimento at Galleria Nazionale delle Marche in Urbino, 31 May – 8 September 2019.   Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery has contributed four wearable arts projects to the exhibition, namely,  (2012), 18kt white gold cuff and necklace by Enrico Castellani, Psiche (Senza Amore) (2016), 18kt yellow gold necklace by Giulio Paolini, and Sospeso (2014),  silver and 18kt gold pendant by Giorgio Vigna. For more information please visit the exhibition’s website here.  To learn more about the gallery’s beautiful projects and activities or to book an appointment to see our pieces in person, please contact Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery on +44 (0) 207 287 5675 or email us at With best wishes, Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery   Enrico Castellani, Superficie (2012), 18 kt white gold necklace 6.2 x 6.2 cm, edition of 12, numbered and signed

The Natural Allure of Giorgio Vigna’s Work


The evocative art of Giorgio Vigna is rooted in nature’s metamorphic phenomena. He fluidly interchanges the artistic mediums of sculpture, works on paper and jewellery, inviting us to understand our relationship with the cosmos through engaging our senses. His works trigger our imagination through their textures, sounds and movements, evocating the mystery of our attraction to the natural world. In celebration of Elisabetta Cipriani’s 10 years of collaborations with the world’s leading visual artists, we invite one of the gallery’s first partners, Giorgio Vigna, to discuss his relationship with wearable art. GV: It makes me very happy to know that I am one of the first artists your gallery represented. It has now been ten years! EC: Yes, it all started with our first collaboration. You were there from the beginning. How has this journey together been like for you? Giorgio Vigna, Segmenti, 2018, oxidised silver and 18 kt yellow gold necklace, unique and signed.Photography credit: Francesca Moscheni.     GV: I know that you appreciated my art even before you opened your gallery. Working together has been important for me because it has always made me feel that I was in good company. It also gave me the opportunity to show some of […]

Objects of Desire and Bruno Acampora scents


Exhibition opening: Monday 3 December 5.00 – 8.30pm. Elisabetta Cipriani is very pleased to present the two latest collaborations. The She-Wolf, the Eagle and the Octopus are creations by the Italian artist Paolo Canevari made in a limited edition of 5. Together the three objects of art constitute a sophisticated set of zoomorphic silver serving cutlery inspired by three animals which across human history have been associated with symbols of power: the She-Wolf, the Eagle and the Octopus, eyes made of diamonds, rubies and pearls, respectively. Through employing these archetypal images yet using them in a new context, the artist puts their meaning in jeopardy and invites us to reflect on the iconography of power. Ania Guillaume interpreted Bruno Acampora’s luxurious scented candles through sculptural holders Sérénité, inspired by gingko leaves. These will be displayed alongside other renown scents of the perfumery. With the artists interest in nature’s intricate spirituality, she purposefully chose the gingko leaf not only for the folliage’s singular beauty, but mainly for its meaningful symbolism of longevity and wellbeing; qualities deeply rooted in Acampora’s identity and its wonderful aromas. Recollections of the natural world will be augmented by our showcasing of Michele Oka Doner’s Goddess Minaudiere (2007), a sterling silver clutch that in its shape recalls nature in its purest […]

Carrying Memory by Chiharu Shiota | 28 November 2018


Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, 28 November, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30pm. Elisabetta Cipriani is very pleased to present Carrying Memory, the first wearable art project by performance and poetic installation artist Chiharu Shiota. Through the use of 18kt gold, Chiharu Shiota intricately intertwines and folds threads which gradually expand into the universe, becoming an extension of the body in space. A necklace and a ring that can also be used as a pendant, have been conceived and perceived in the same way as Shiota’s thread installations, in which she integrates, within a web, objects that carry memories of our daily life. For the necklace, Chiharu Shiota chose to create the art piece around a key, a meaningful object related to everyday life. Viewing keys as “familiar and very valuable things that protect important people and spaces in our lives”, the artist invites us to make a profound and treasured connection with the necklace. Within the golden threads, Shiota suspends the contrasting silver key with a powerful, dark and dreamlike potency. The traces left behind by a human life are also conceptually explored in the ring/pendant, which is made entirely of golden webbed threads to symbolise the inside of a human body. These two poetical […]

elisabetta Cipriani at Artissima | 2 – 4 november 2018 | booth AE 1


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Nidi (Nests) by Sissi | on 5 October 2018


Opening: 5 October 2018- 2:00-6:00 pm. Elisabetta Cipriani is delighted to present the first wearable art project of the Italian artist Sissi . Nidi (Nests) is a project entirely handmade by the artist and consists of a pair of earrings and two pendants that can also be worn as brooches or displayed as sculptures. Inspired by the idea of a safe place, these wearable sculptures like the natural nests, embrace the life and the body of the wearer. The gold pendant finds protection over the heart and when worn as a brooch, finds its peace between the branches of the ribs.   Manual ability is central in Sissi’s work: she delicately intertwines and welds gold and silver threads with coloured stones and twists hand painted enamelled strips to make a new skin that represent an extension between her work and her body in the space. In the artist’s practise, everything starts from a small element that grows and develops in different forms. This flow take shape from the soul of the artist and is articulated from the body with a potentially infinite form.



Elisabetta Cipriani – Wearable Art is delighted to announce that she will be exhibiting this year at Design Miami Basel from June 12-17 at Stand G17. To be showcased there will be new projects along the ones from the previous years. Ania Guillaume features a wall installation of a debut line of hand sculpted ginkgo leaf necklaces, which are as much artworks as they are wearable. Francesco Arena presents a pair of earrings casted from the artist’s thumb and little finger’s prints. The two artist’s fingers will hold the wearer’s head who will keep on bringing the artist’s hand around to experience anything the wearer lives. Liliane Lijn’s Earth Body Artworks will take you far in time and in space as each piece is essentially a reminder of our origin. The artist playfully shapes a handful of still very warm wax around her wrist and shapes it in something that looks very much like a clod of earth. Her works are in fact titled volcanic magma, meteorites, clods of earth and lunar rocks. Flavie Audi,in addition to her Superlunarycollection in collaboration with Noor Fares, is creating for her first time a 1.7-meter in diameter hand knotted silk rug. The Superlunary Fragmentfalls within the investigation of speculative synthetic future geologies and celebrates the potential […]