Butterfly Wings

Butterfly Wings

Sep
26

Ania Guillaume Butterfly Wings, 2018 Titanium earrings 5.7 x 1.8 cm Unique   Butterfly Wings is an exemplary series of Guillaume’s examination of elements of the natural environment, translated into wearable art. In sculpture as much as in wearable art, there is a strong perception of the spiritual natural universe. Flowers or animals are designed within the shape of the jewel and, once worn, they create an intricate dialogue between the wearer and nature. Known for their fragility, the delicate attributes of butterfly wings are juxtaposed in its materiality. Casted from delicate carvings into thin wax, the titanium wearable pieces of earrings and necklaces still play with our perception to materiality, as the incredibly lightweight jewellery pieces gleam in their chromatic spectrums. Feminine and beautiful, these reflections of elements of nature become an elegant statement piece to our everyday fashion.

UNTITLED

Sep
13

Carol Bove Untitled, 2016 blackened aluminium and silver earrings 8.5 cm edition of 25 Gems and Ladders edition   With these earrings, Carol Bove recreates the four light fittings that hang outside the David H. Koch Theater in New York. The building was originally called the New York State Theater; it was built as part of New York State’s participation in the 1964–65 World’s Fair and is owned by the City of New York. The building’s architect was Philip Johnson, who united neoclassicism and modernism and was famously inspired by Mies van der Rohe. In collaboration with Gems and Ladders and the Kunsthalle Zürich.  

Head Between Hand

Apr
24

Francesco Arena Head Between Hand, 2018 18kt yellow gold earrings 3 x 2.5 cm & 2 x 1.7 cm edition of 10 signed and numbered   For his first and to this day only wearable art project Francesco Arena created something rather personal by using his own body to realise his vision. Each earring has an imprint of the artist’s finger – one of the thumb and the other of the pinkie finger. Once these gorgeous earrings are worn, Aren’s right hand is metaphorically embracing the head of the wearer. A newborn typically expands his hand with the aim of grabbing anything that surrounds him. This gesture symbolises his will to live and to experience what is around him. This gesture has not changed for the artist, not even in his adult age, as he keeps on opening his hand to grasp what he wants and what he needs. Thumb and little finger get apart from each other to greet or to intimidate, to touch or to grab.  

Ginkgo

Mar
16

Ania Guillaume Ginkgo, 2018 Titanium earrings Unique and signed Nature is Guillaume’s main inspiration: the subtle colours, the ingenious shapes, the amazing technical solutions.  Guillaume translates this inspiration, at the micro and macro levels, in her paintings and sculptures. Gingko is Guillaume’s one of a kind miniature wearable sculptures visually derived from the leaves of the ancient Japanese tree. The gingko leaf was purposely chosen by the artist not only for its singular beauty, but mainly for the its meaningful symbolism of longevity and wellbeing.When the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, six Gingko trees were among the few living things to survive within a short radius of the blast site—and they’re still standing today. Thus, the Japanese regard the gingko as “the bearer of hope.” It is also known as “the survivor” and “the living fossil.” Guillaume first approached wearable art in 2011 using  gilded bronze, until the artist started moving onto gold plated silver and titanium, which proves to be much lighter, durable and with titanium more colourful. Each of Guillaume’s wearable sculptures are hand sculpted, sometimes leaving the artist’s finger prints on the surface of the work.

Superlunary

Feb
22

Noor Fares x Flavie Audi Superlunary, 2018 Superlunary Cloud Drop Earrings 18kt white gold, carved rock crystal, pave sapphire, amethyst and diamonds earrings 3.2 cm long Unique and signed The SUPERLUNARY collection is a demonstration of incredible craftsmanship of Flavie’s investigations of Cultural Geology, her inventive term to express the sciences linked to the human experiences and the celestial; and in tandem with Noor’s minimal aesthetic of wearable art that are fundamentally rooted in Vedic astrology, channelling that talismanic spirituality and protection through sacred symbolism and geometry.  Each piece displays an incredible cosmic quality to them. The fluid geometry of the synthetic resin forms these cloudy crystals, moulded by a 3D printer, are adorned with artificial and natural precious stones, each stone needing the highest level of craftsmanship in order to cleave and carve them. Evoking the talismanic nature of spirituality in combination with the human processes, these pieces embody a vivacious energy, they evoke that artificial and natural ambiguity that is perceived through digital screens, and the cosmos in the sky, where the human touch meets both worlds. Each and every piece of the collection manages to glow upon the human skin when worn in such vastly unique and […]

Superlunary

Feb
22

Noor Fares x Flavie Audie Superlunary Cloud Earrings, 2019 9k black E-Coated white gold, natural & synthetic rock crystal, coloured sapphire, amethyst, diamond earrings 3.2 cm long circa Unique piece, signed   The SUPERLUNARY collection is a demonstration of incredible craftsmanship of Flavie’s investigations of Cultural Geology, her inventive term to express the sciences linked to the human experiences and the celestial; and in tandem with Noor’s minimal aesthetic of wearable art that are fundamentally rooted in Vedic astrology, channelling that talismanic spirituality and protection through sacred symbolism and geometry.  Each piece displays an incredible cosmic quality to them. The fluid geometry of the synthetic resin forms these cloudy crystals, moulded by a 3D printer, are adorned with artificial and natural precious stones, each stone needing the highest level of craftsmanship in order to cleave and carve them. Evoking the talismanic nature of spirituality in combination with the human processes, these pieces embody a vivacious energy, they evoke that artificial and natural ambiguity that is perceived through digital screens, and the cosmos in the sky, where the human touch meets both worlds. Each and every piece of the collection manages to glow upon the human skin when worn in such […]

The fly

Nov
16

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov The Fly, 2010 18kt yellow gold fire enamel earrings with emeralds, diamonds, peridot Edition of 10 Signed and numbered “The Fly is for us a symbol of freedom. It can go anywhere, be everywhere and we don’t even notice its presence, because she is so insignificant. Nobody can control the fly, even in totalitarian state, where everybody’s life and movements can be limited and controlled, the fly is free.”  – Ilya Kabakov The Fly wearable art project was first designed by Ilya Kabakov in 1992 and originally conceived as a present for his wife Emilia. However, it remained unrealised until 2010, when Elisabetta Cipriani encouraged the artist to finally bring it to life. The fly, one of Kabakov’s best known and recurring motifs, encapsulates a dual meaning. On the one hand, it is a metaphor for the smallness and insignificance of the individual against the omnipotence and repression of the Soviet Government. On the other hand, it represents the freedom of the soul, escaped from the earthly bonds of existence. The fly travels everywhere unnoticed, from the most ordinary and humble place to the most elevated and sacred one without distinguishing between them. This concept draws a […]

Pommes de Jong

Nov
14

Jacqueline de Jong Pommes de Jong, 2017 Shrunk potato, sprouts, 18kt yellow gold plated earrings 8 cm long; 13 cm long Unique ref. E8 Pommes de Jong is an ongoing project that came to life in 2007 in Bouan (Bourbonnais, France) where in the mid 1990’s de Jong and her husband decided to buy a house. She created a vegetable garden and they planted potatoes in memory of the lack of food during the war. De Jong stored the potatoes in a 13th Century cellar and suddenly realized that she was fascinated by the huge amount of sprouts that were growing from the shrunk tubers. When de Jong was asked by a jewellery collector to make a jewel for her, she thought that she might do something with these shrunk potatoes and their sprouts that were getting longer and longer. Pommes de Jong were inspired by the idea of transforming a humble object into a precious one. In the realization of the wearable art, the potatoes and their sprouts are dried slowly by the artist over a period of two years and are submerged in a bath of platinum or gold becoming exclusive pieces of wearable art.

Pommes de Jong

Nov
14

Jacqueline de Jong Pommes de Jong, 2017 Shrunk potato, sprouts, 18kt yellow gold plated earrings 12 cm long; 14 cm long Unique ref. E9 Pommes de Jong is an ongoing project that came to life in 2007 in Bouan (Bourbonnais, France) where in the mid 1990’s de Jong and her husband decided to buy a house. She created a vegetable garden and they planted potatoes in memory of the lack of food during the war. De Jong stored the potatoes in a 13th Century cellar and suddenly realized that she was fascinated by the huge amount of sprouts that were growing from the shrunk tubers. When de Jong was asked by a jewellery collector to make a jewel for her, she thought that she might do something with these shrunk potatoes and their sprouts that were getting longer and longer. Pommes de Jong were inspired by the idea of transforming a humble object into a precious one. In the realization of the wearable art, the potatoes and their sprouts are dried slowly by the artist over a period of two years and are submerged in a bath of platinum or gold becoming exclusive pieces of wearable art.

Pommes de Jong

Nov
14

  Jacqueline de Jong Pommes de Jong, 2017 Shrunk potato, sprouts, 18kt yellow gold plated earring 12 cm long Unique ref. E6 Pommes de Jong is an ongoing project that came to life in 2007 in Bouan (Bourbonnais, France) where in the mid 1990’s de Jong and her husband decided to buy a house. She created a vegetable garden and they planted potatoes in memory of the lack of food during the war. De Jong stored the potatoes in a 13th Century cellar and suddenly realized that she was fascinated by the huge amount of sprouts that were growing from the shrunk tubers. When de Jong was asked by a jewellery collector to make a jewel for her, she thought that she might do something with these shrunk potatoes and their sprouts that were getting longer and longer. Pommes de Jong were inspired by the idea of transforming a humble object into a precious one. In the realization of the wearable art, the potatoes and their sprouts are dried slowly by the artist over a period of two years and are submerged in a bath of platinum or gold becoming exclusive pieces of wearable art.