Fabrizio Tridenti

If I could understand the Italian language I might be able to make sense of this makers’ artist statement (see below) which I’m guessing has been translated from Italian to English. Sadly I don’t understand so all I can tell you about Fabrizio Tridenti is that he was born in Italy, that he graduated from the Istituto Statale d’Arte, Penne, in Metals and Jewelry Design in Italy in 1982, that he apprenticed between 1983 and 1992 and that he opened his own studio in Pescara in 1993.

So let’s let his work speak for him; the twisting, rusted, industrial clash of angles pushing in all directions…bella!

p.s. I apologize for not having titles for some of the images here. Hopefully you’ll enjoy them anyway 🙂

 

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Untitled, 2009. Bronze, acryclic enamel

 

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Anello, alluminio, pittura acrilica 2010
Untitled, 2010, brass, acrylic paint
Untitled, 2010 Brooch brass steel acrylic enamel
Untitled, brooch, 2010. Brass, steel, acrylic enamel

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Restricted Area, 2010, brass, acrylic paint
Restricted Area, 2010, brass, acrylic paint

 

Artist statement from klimt02

Jewels cannot be confined within the limits of their function. Through liberating jewels from these limits, infinite experimentation fields are opened, which may lead to fruitful artistic experiences. The founding assumption of these attempts is the wish to return the central role to the intangible aspect in relation to the tangible aspect of jewels. 

By asserting the primacy of the intangible aspects, jewels are seen from a different perspective, an entire scale of values is refounded, with the privilege for the finest perceptions. 

Another aspect combining these attempts with conceptual art is the indifference towards the aesthetic value, which is strictly connected with the formal value. 

The main purpose of this work is to provoke reactions, start discussions, rouse considerations, and open new debates on jewels. The point is shifting the focus from the aesthetic to the intellectual experience, or rather the aesthetic experience is the intellectual experience. 

To obtain this result, the direction followed was to confute the traditional aspects of jewels: the functional, formal, and aesthetic values. 

“Virtual” is a way to create the visibility of what cannot be realized in the tangible dimension. The new technology offers these new expressive opportunities. 
The idea of the body or body parts as jewels also develops: a sort of zero degree of jewels. It can also be considered as an inversion operation: the body changes from traditional support of jewels to jewel itself; from background, it turns into protagonist (subject).
In the photo “the room as bracelet”, the concept of jewel is reversed: traditionally, hard materials are made to surround the body. On the contrary, in this case the body is an accessory of an architectural structure. This inversion appears not only as a limitation of movements, but universally as the present condition of human beings suffocated by structures produced by the society. A house is not considered as a shelter and protection, but as a limit to our ability to move, expand, an inorganic, static, and unchangeable shell for an organic, dynamic, and continuously growing creature. In this condition, these barriers can only be crossed through thought. 
In the photo “ring”, the concept of ring is brought to the extreme consequences of dematerialization. Not only the ring does not exist, but also the part of the body supporting it is removed. The visual result is anyhow that of a ring, a ring of “absence”. However, while the object is self-limited in a shape, here the absence of the object gives space to the observer to imagine something, a personal ring. Therefore, this creatively activates and interacts with the observer. 
I want to exploit our bigger attraction for what we cannot see, for what is not there, for what is indefinite. 
“It seems to me that ’Nothing’ is the most powerful thing in the world”, said Robert Barry. 
For me, art is not an exact science. There is no evidenced truth. Art is a field where creativity experiments infinite directions towards freedom. Art responds to the stimulations of contemporary culture and uses the scientific and technological progress and knowledge in all their branches. 

Fabrizio Tridenti

William Llewellyn Griffiths

Self-taught and fabulous, William Llewellyn Griffiths proves you don’t need to set foot in a jewellery school to make some pretty cool jewellery. Motifs and references from medieval, renaissance and baroque architecture rise up from his rings holding sparkling gems in silver and gold. Skilled in lost wax carving and more recently 3D printing I can’t believe the amount of detail he creates. If you want to see more of his work you can check out his website here.

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Alchemist Ring, 9ct yellow Gold, Topaz
Blackhearted Cupid Ring Smokey quartz, Death and Glory Collection
Blackhearted Cupid Ring, Smokey Quartz from Death and Glory Collection
Efflorescence ring, Tanzanite, tsavorite garnets ruby petals
Efflorescence Ring, Tanzanite, Tsavorite Garnets, Ruby
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Enthroned Immortality Ring, Garnet, Ruby, Diamonds
Obesession Ring, 18k gold, rose gold morganite, diamonds
Obsession Ring, 18k gold, rose gold, Morganite, Diamonds

 

Matt Lambert

What is jewellery and who’s allowed to wear it? I could’ve sworn I knew the answers to those questions until I checked out Matt Lambert. Gender, masculinity, queerness, viewer reaction to artistic expression, the meaning of masks, armour, sport and a whole lot of other stuff are all explored in his work. Unlike some of us who’re content to hammer away in our studios making subjectively pretty things, Lambert’s pieces articulate the experiences of men and those who identify as queer, topics that tend to gets drowned out in my humble opinion (as a mother to 3 young men) by everyone else screaming to be heard. But please, don’t take my word for it. Check out his website or his Instagram feed.

A bit about him; he was born and grew up in Detroit but spent half of each year in a ‘protected forest’ somewhere in Ontario. He has a Masters degree in Metalsmithing (2014), has apprenticed as a leathersmith and ‘semi-antique rug restorer. If that’s not enough he also has a BA in psychology and has studied art history and American studies.

An excerpt from his bio which honestly doesn’t make a lot of sense to me but you can see if it does for you…

‘Lambert’s work often looks at the blurring of systems and hegemonic scales/binaries, often combining technological and hand process to create hybrid/chimerical forms that directly engage or address the body. In 2016 Lambert became the first international artist trained in contemporary jewelry to be invited as an international resident for 2016-2017 with Iaspis the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international programme for visual artists and designers’.

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Leather necklace

Natalie Xinzi Song

Bracelet: Unknown Creature, 2015 Silicone , pigment
Bracelet: Unknown Creature, 2015. Silicone, pigment

Natalie Xinzi Song studied at the Beijing Institute of Fashion and Technology before obtaining her Masters degree in Jewellery from the Birmingham School of Jewellery. What I love about her work (which includes jewellery, bowls and vases) is that (A) it’s different, (B) it’s colourful and (C) it reminds me of life at a cellular level, like photographs from an electron microscope showing organic fractals. The repetitive forms are mesmerizing.

From her artist statement on Klimt02…

‘My silicone work focuses on forms and textures. I aim to create functional objects with innovative appearance by balancing form and function. The forms of my work were created by repeating, arranging and organizing simple elements into complex patterns and structures.
As a group of objects, my work contrasts with, and compliments each other in terms of form, texture, colour and scale. I attempted to create connection between the objects and the surrounding space. The objects create intriguing negative space as well as being complete pieces individually’

Bracelet:Unknown Creature, 2015 Silicone, pigment
Bracelet: Unknown Creature, 2015. silicone, pigment
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第 1 张,共 9 张
Unknown Creature 2015 silcone pigment
Bracelet: Unknown Creature, 2015. silicone rubber
Untitled, 2011 Silicone rubber 1
Untitled, 2011. silicone rubber
Untitled, 2011 Silicone rubber
Untitled, 2011. silicone rubber

Patricia Gallucci

Patricia Gallucci has explored many creative pursuits over the years. From an early age she played with clay and fabric ‘My hands filled with clay and oil mixed between plasticine and vinegar dough, salt and tempera‘. As an adult she studied industrial design, clothing design, photography, stoneware pottery, pastry making and porcelain, product design and production management in apparel. All this before studying contemporary jewellery from 2008 to 2012. And just loooook at what she’s made since then…

p.s. I had a difficult time limiting the number of images for this post but if you’d like to see more you can follow her on Instagram here.

 

 

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Aros “Alcornoque”
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Aros earrings
Brooch #1
Brooch #1
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Porcelain collar
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Collar Ovalo Interiores

 

serve ring. Silver and industrial waste (cork)
“Serve” ring, silver and industrial waste (cork)
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Manga earrings, porcelain and silver
Ring Grace and edu Cork bronze
Ring Grace and edu cork, bronze

 

Iris Bodemer

If I ever won some massive amount of money (which would be difficult because I don’t buy lottery tickets) one of the things I’d indulge in would be to travel to Florence to enrol in any course taught by Iris Bodemer. She lives and works in Germany but sometimes lectures at Alchimia and I’d love to attend one of her weekend workshops there. I’d love to hear about how she approaches a project as well as what and where she draws on for her inspiration. I see both ancient and contemporary influences in her pieces and they come together with such considered precision, as though she’d planned it from the beginning (unlike me who plans as I go and am therefore not Iris Bodemer).

I won’t attempt to list all of her exhibitions and shows on this blog so please check out her website here, and if you find yourself in Florence in July this year she’ll be a guest lecturer at Alchimia for ‘Entropy + Entities’. Me? I guess I’ll have to start buying lottery tickets.

Notes Necklace 2016 bronze
Notes Necklace, 2016, bronze
Notes ring 2016, bronze..bronze aquamarine..silver..silver, aquamarine
Notes Rings, 2016. clockwise from top left – bronze, bronze + aquamarine, silver, silver + aquamarine
Notes, necklace 2016, silver
Notes Necklace , 2016, silver
Relief II 34 Brooches, 2013 silver
Relief II, 2013, 34 brooches, silver
notes ring 2016, bronze, silver, silver
Notes Rings, 2016, bronze, silver
Notes Brooch 2016 Bronze Andean opal
Notes Brooch, 2016, bronze, andean opal
neckpiece, 2012 silver, citrine
Neckpiece, 2012, silver, citrine

Geraldine Nishi

Untitled ring concrete, silver
Untitled, ring: concrete, silver

I don’t know about you but when I look at some of Geraldine Nishi’s work I see luscious cake frosting and ice cream piled high onto rings and necklaces. Yum.

Nishi obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours in Sculpture and Painting) from UVic before studying at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence (2005 – 2009)

You can check out more of her work on her website here.

Untitled, necklace, concrete, silver, paint
Untitled, necklace : concrete, silver, paint
Untitled, ring, concrete silver
Untitled, ring : silver, concrete
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Untitled, object : shibuichi
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Untitled, pins : wood, paint, silver

Izabella Petrut

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Izabella Petrut is the Romanian-born maker behind these pieces. She has both a Bachelors (2007) and a Masters (2009) in Design from the University of Arts and Design at Cluj-Napoca in Romania. And… she’s a graduate of GJ3 Specialization program at Alchimia, School of contemporary Jewelry, Florence, Italy (2012). And… she’s currently studying for her doctorate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

Raw stones, paper and even little plastic toys feature in her beautifully non-traditional work. You can check out her website here or follow her on Instagram here.

 

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Brooch, ‘We Become One‘ series : paper, resin, alpaca, silver, colour red
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Necklace, silver, amethyst beads, uncut amethyst, resin, pigment
'The Fire Inside' 2015 paper, Silver, oxidized
Ring ‘The Fire Inside‘ 2015, paper, silver oxidized
Excess of time 2015 silver oxidized, quartz, pigemtn, resin
Earrings ‘Excess of Time‘ 2015, silver oxidized, quartz, resin, pigment
Necklace, Dark Night, 2015 plastic animal toys, iron, pigment, silk thread
Necklace ‘Dark Night‘ 2015, plastic animal toys, iron, pigment, silk thread
What the heart is made of oxidized silver, epoxy resin, pigment from here and now series
Ring ‘What The Heart Is Made Of‘, Here and Now series,  oxidized silver, epoxy resin, pigment

Iliana Tosheva

18k yellow gold, bio resin ring 2015
Ring, 18K gold, bio resin, 2015

Following a long career in English Literature, no doubt brimming with words, Iliana Tosheva’s jewellery whispers minimalism, succinctly and powerfully. Organic, imperfect forms and subtle textures are her talent, in gold, silver and vitreous enamel.

In her own words…”As an artist and creator I dislike staying the same size and what has permanently inspired me over the years has always been a fleeting image of a less traditional shape, texture or colour that will take my breath away on a journey ‘back to nature’ no matter how trivial the cliché might sound! Form, shape and texture wise, my work is mimicking nature at its best!”

Find out more about her work here.

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Brooch, bio resin, gold leaf
earrings
Earrings
Ring, Mare Nostrum, 2017, Black Rhodium, Sterling Silver
Ring, mare nostrum, black rhodium, sterling silver, 2017
Ring, untitled, 2015 Blackened sterling silver, hand carved translucent bio resin
Ring, untitled, blackened sterling silver, hand carved translucent bio resin, 2015
Seed Pod Earrings
Seed Pod Earrings

Katherine Wheeler

Castlemaine is a rural town in central Victoria, Australia and it’s home to today’s maker, Katherine Wheeler. With a Diploma of Fine Arts from RMIT (2003) and a bachelor of Fine Arts, Gold and silversmithing at RMIT (2007) works in precious metal, thread and porcelain. I love the otherworldliness of her pieces with their sea creature-like legs and tentacles (I’m pretty sure they must come alive at night in gallery display cases). And her porcelain pieces are nice as well. You can find out more about this maker here or check out her Instagram profile here.

Urchin Ring
Urchin Ring
Urchin Bangle (2007)
Urchin Bangle, 2007
Vessel (part teaset, 2012)
Vessel (part teaset, 2012)
Bowl (part of teaset 2012)
Bowl (part of teaset, 2012)
Container Rings, 2011
Container Rings
Rock Coral Bangle Stack, 2011
Rock Coral Bangle Stack, 2011
Pierced tea lites, 2011
Pierced Tea Lites, 2011
Porcelain and Thread Vessels, 2012
Porcelain and Thread Vessels, 2012