Sissi Nidi ( Nests), 2019 18kt gold thread brooch with ruby, sapphires, diamonds and emeralds 9 x 9 cm circa Unique and signed With an artistic focus of anatomical study in relations to environmental elements, the artist brings forth new ways to interpret jewellery, as the work of art then transforms into a second skin of light and gold for the wearer. Sissi interlaces the symbolism of the bird’s nest with the anatomy of the human body by having the entire project completely handmade by herself, creating an ornate ring, a pair of earrings, and brooches that re-transforms into pendants. These embellished, yet delicate pieces act like sculptural works of her own. Carefully interwoven and welded with gold and silver threads, decorated with precious gemstones, Sissi’s contemplative process re-imagines a sculptural piece of art to work in tandem with the single wearer. It was pivotal to Sissi that she was personally involved with the crafting of Nests. Her hands-on experiences reflected in the handcraft deeply incorporates her conceptualisation of the delicate works of art as an extension of herself and of the wearer. Nests draws its symbolism from natural nests which provides a safe place and is transformed into a […]
Ute Decker Calligraphy, 2020 100% recycled silver brooch 13.5 x 5.5 x 3 cm Unique, signed and titled Calligraphy is at the pinnacle of Decker’s examinations following the narrative of the singular line. Like the freehand ink that brushes along the paper, this same freedom and expressive mark-making is mirrored in the fluid curls and manipulation of the silver ribbon in this unique brooch.
Jean Cocteau Profil, 1961/62 circa 28kt gold brooch/pendant 29 grams circa; 5.7 x 4.7 cm Edition of 50 Ref. 1493 Atelier Hugo Editions The wearable art collaboration between François Hugo and Jean Cocteau began in the 1960 and led to a collection of sculptural pieces that were born out of Cocteau’s prolific collection of drawings. Together, they went on to create a total of 13 jewellery pieces, some in 23 carat gold and others in 18 carat gold and adorned with precious stones. Many of Cocteau’s designs are of human profiles and mystique creatures, inspired by ancient civilisations and astrological symbols. In 1961 the pieces were exhibited at the International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery in London. Combining the sobriety of a 23 carat gold with other more linear pieces in 18 carat gold encrusted with precious stones, the pieces encompass Cocteau and Hugo’s artistic vision.