Trame (Weaves, Plots)

Trame (Weaves, Plots)

Sep
20

Maria Sole Ferragamo Trame (Weaves,Plots),2023 Gold-plated brass necklace with white enamel 17 x 17 ; 13.5 cm external ø Unique Each piece created by Maria Sole Ferragamo, is more than just a beautifully crafted ornament; it embodies a tale of resilience and reimagined possibilities, which echos the principles of the Arte Povera movement and its main elements such as the humble use of primitive or everyday materials, sarcastic tone, and unconventional forms. The brass shavings here have their own history, once destined to be melted down into new brass, but now repurposed as Trucioli (shavings) to create intricate and captivating designs. In the world of ” Trame (Weaves, Plots)”, every brass shaving holds its own distinctive form, derived from the object from which it was discarded. When that particular object ceases production, its corresponding brass shaving, with its unique shape, will never be reproduced again. This inherent characteristic of each shaving adds an unparalleled sense of value and rarity to the collection. The essence of this project lies in the idea that true preciousness can be found in scarcity, drought. By harnessing the inherent beauty of each brass shaving and carefully crafting them into extraordinary pieces, Maria Sole has created […]

Trame (Weaves, Plots)

Sep
20

Maria Sole Ferragamo Trame (Waves,Plots),2023 Gold-plated brass necklace 17 x 17 cm; external ø 13,5 cm Unique Also available in gold-plated brass with white / black enamel Each piece created by Maria Sole Ferragamo, is more than just a beautifully crafted ornament; it embodies a tale of resilience and reimagined possibilities, which echos the principles of the Arte Povera movement and its main elements such as the humble use of primitive or everyday materials, sarcastic tone, and unconventional forms. The brass shavings here have their own history, once destined to be melted down into new brass, but now repurposed as Trucioli (shavings) to create intricate and captivating designs. In the world of ” Trame (Weaves, Plots)”, every brass shaving holds its own distinctive form, derived from the object from which it was discarded. When that particular object ceases production, its corresponding brass shaving, with its unique shape, will never be reproduced again. This inherent characteristic of each shaving adds an unparalleled sense of value and rarity to the collection. The essence of this project lies in the idea that true preciousness can be found in scarcity, drought. By harnessing the inherent beauty of each brass shaving and carefully crafting them […]

La Decima Musa

Sep
11

Giulio Paolini La Decima Musa (The Tenth Muse), 2023 silver enamel necklace 10 square elements 3 x 3 cm and torque 14 cm ø edition of 8 plus 2 AP Signed and numbered La Decima Musa (The Tenth Muse) by Giulio Paolini, consists in a necklace formed by a total of ten geometrical squares one of which represents the face of Sappho, a Greek lyric poet. Made in two variants, one in 18kt yellow gold and one in polished silver, both enameled in an edition of ten exemplars, plus two artist’s proof each medium.  Plato considered Sappho the best poetic voice in Greek history and called her “the tenth muse”. Here too the figure of Sappho is evoked, surrounded by the nine geometric images inscribed in the nine squares that allude to the nine Muses. The title Decima Musa also takes up a previous work of the artist, created in 1966.  In this context Sappho, the tenth muse, become a symbol of the artist’s internal source of inspiration, indicating that true creativity arises from the depths of one’s mind. It invites viewers to consider the role of the artist as a muse-like figure, generating new ideas and perspectives. Sappho is Paolini’s vision of […]

La Decima Musa

Sep
11

Giulio Paolini La Decima Musa (The Tenth Muse), 2023 18 kt yellow gold, enamel, necklace 10 square elements 3 x 3 cm and torque 14 cm ø edition of 5 plus 2 AP Signed and numbered La Decima Musa (The Tenth Muse) by Giulio Paolini, consists in a necklace formed by a total of ten geometrical squares one of which represents the face of Sappho, a Greek lyric poet. Made in two variants, one in 18kt yellow gold and one in polished silver, both enameled in an edition of ten exemplars, plus two artist’s proof each medium.  Plato considered Sappho the best poetic voice in Greek history and called her “the tenth muse”. Here too the figure of Sappho is evoked, surrounded by the nine geometric images inscribed in the nine squares that allude to the nine Muses. The title Decima Musa also takes up a previous work of the artist, created in 1966.  In this context Sappho, the tenth muse, become a symbol of the artist’s internal source of inspiration, indicating that true creativity arises from the depths of one’s mind. It invites viewers to consider the role of the artist as a muse-like figure, generating new ideas and […]

Collana (Necklace)

May
31

Giampaolo Babetto Collana, 1977 18kt yellow gold and niello necklace l 64cm unique and signed Giampaolo Babetto’s work reflects contemporary art movements such as concrete art, minimal art, kinetic or pop art in a unique, purist and plastic manner. His pieces are immediately recognisable by its simple design. He is inspired by the architecture of his homeland, by Palladio’s villas, and by the geometries in which he finds poetry. His jewellery is innovative in concept. Made up of different abstract elements, broken down into modular units, or rendered moveable through the use of ingenious links, Babetto’s works are like small architectural pieces or small sculptures. Babetto prefers working in gold due to its stable malleability and its warm sheen which he combines with unconventional materials such as plastic or glass, ebony, dusting the internal surface with a velvet-like pigment in luminous primary colours of reds or blues or using enamel and age-old niello-based techniques. These materials are used as highlights and contrasts in works of increasingly pure and essential geometrical forms that have come to characterise the Padua School.    

Nestor

May
09

Sophia Vari Nestor, 2014 Ebony wood, 18kt yellow gold, onyx and leather pendant l 32 cm unique and signed Originally from Gerenia, Nestor was an Argonaut, helped to fight the centaurs and also participated in the hunt for the Caledonian boar. He became the King of Pylosvafter Heracles , killed Neleus and all of Nestor’s brothers. He was said to have lived three generations by favour of  Apollo : the years which the god had taken from Chloris and her brothers, he granted to Nestor. Vari’s sculptures have evolved through several stages in the last few decades. While her early work from the 1960s onwards was mostly figurative, in the 1980s, Vari began to employ rounded abstract forms that suggested the human body. Eventually she began incorporating planar and constructed forms into her work, and by the mid-1990s she had begun to apply colour to the surfaces of her dynamic sculptures. This use of colour contributes to the movement of Vari’s pieces, and her sculptural works, created both on a monumental scale and as table pieces, appear to move autonomously as the viewer walks around them. Her work across all media shares a certain playfulness and liveliness, with compositions in collage, watercolour and paint pushing into […]

Crios

May
09

Sophia Vari Crios, 2023 Ebony and yellow gold necklace L 32 cm unique and signed Crios (Krios) is the Titan God of stars and constellations. The son of Ouranos (The Sky) and Gaia (The Earth), Crios’s name means ‘The Ram’ and is associated with the constellation of Aries. Sophia Vari’s “portable sculptures”, as she likes to call them, first became part of the artist’s body of work 30 years ago; at a time in her life when demanding international schedule kept her constantly on the move. While travelling, she carried with her a small box of plasticine, from which she would mould miniature sculptures. “From that day on, I had a new creative challenge that gave me a lot of joy because I could see the pieces being worn,” she recalls. Vari approaches wearable art in precisely the same manner and strength as her abstract sculptures, collages and paintings. Her thorough exploration of bold geometric forms, the examination of volume, painterly curves and lines result in the composition both peaceful and elegant but also captures a harmonious theatrical tension. “It is a real challenge for me, and it is very much like creating a sculpture, made to be worn. No doubt, the fact […]

Hypérion

May
09

Sophia Vari Hypérion, 2023 Amaranth wood, 18kt yellow gold and leather necklace 23 x 15 cm edition of 3 plus 2 AP signed and numbered In Greek mythology, Hyperion is one of the twelve (or thirteen) Titans, the children of Gaia and Uranus. As a Titan, one of the oldest generation of gods, Hyperion was a fitting father for these three sky-gods who, as elements of the natural world, must have been conceived of as having come into being near the beginning of the cosmos. Hyperion means “he that walks on high” or simply “the god above”, New materials such as amaranth wood and resin appeared in front of her by surprise. Vari was looking for something distinctive and by chance, when looking at the different colours of wood, she discovered the beautiful exotic amaranth wood. What is special about this wood, is that it is green in colour and then in contact with the sun, it transforms and stabilises into pink/purple. This new colour naturally redefines certain forms that the artist perceives differently with the other woods previously used.  

Collana Incisa

Mar
27

Alba Lisca Collana Incisa, 2021 Engraved silver satin plate necklace L 31 cm 15 cm diameter torque unique When I started creating jewels, I discovered the beauty and strength that shapes can communicate. Dialogue becomes enriched with another element, the intrinsic relationship between surface and shape. The artistic discovery took a step forward, revealing a relationship with the material, the hard metal sheet, which achieves a structure made of precision, rigor, and measure. The jewel, an artistic object, was to move from the meaning sought within a chromatic semantic field, to a language of form and volume. Acquiring shape the surface takes on itself to transmit lights and shadows, the form is cut to generate another surface, animated to make the geometry fluid. The artist jewel includes his/her own aesthetic – artistic research, deepening of his reflection, thus becoming a piece of art independent of the jewel intended as an ornament. For me, the jewel reflects the anticipated discourse in painting translated into a new language with different materials, the design of which comes from a design – shape – sign, a process that I follow from the beginning of the work in each piece.’ – Alba Polenghi Lisca  

Braid

Mar
24

Joanne Thompson Braid, 2023 14kt rolled gold and blackened silver necklace L 38 cm Unique With 25 years of experience , specialising in chain making and working intuitively with her materials,  Joanne’s award winning iconic chain designs are created through experimentation with ancient chain maille patterns. Joanne plays with the scale, weight, form and texture of the chains, making sculptural forms, necklaces, bracelets and earrings which are voluminous yet light, tactile and extremely durable. Her aim is to create striking contemporary jewellery which can be worn for both special occasions and every day. Joanne is fascinated by unit construction techniques in jewellery making, enjoying the way hard precious metals can be translated into soft forms which flow and stir with the body.  Every circle in each unique handcrafted piece is formed, soldered and finished by Joanne. Her distinctive silver and soft black palette is playful and sensual; elegant movement is integral to her jewellery – beautifully made, beautiful on and loved by women.”  Christina Jansen, Scottish Gallery.