Karen Vanmol

Let’s be honest here…who likes laminate; the low budget, plastic and ugly imposter of natural materials like stone or wood that’s used for furniture and countertops? How about laminate as a material for jewellery? And how about jewellery that doesn’t rely solely on the intensive mining of gemstones and precious metals? Welcome to the world of maker Karen Vanmol.

Inspired by architecture and nature Vanmol designs using traditional techniques like hinging, threading and sawing to create her graphically bold pieces. And she’s fascinated with paradolia – the psychological phenomenon that describes how we humans try to make sense of random stimuli or patterns – if you’ve ever gazed at a cloud in the sky and decided it looks like a horse or a flower or whatever, or seen a face when you look at the moon, then you’ve experienced paradolia.

Necklace: AKA#ISEEFACES, 2018. Wood, Laminate, Blackened Silver, Cotton Thread

She describes some of her process here…

‘Protecting or imitating nature, the use of natural materials in architecture, the restoring of a road surface, accidental strong shapes on a construction site, these things I find very interesting.

On my way through town, I hunt and collect. I always encounter interesting images that I use as an inspiration. In addition, there is a certain choice of materials and colours, these are strongly influenced by memories. For example the necklaces, furniture in different colours, certain constructions. I have my story and the viewer projects its own story on top of mine.

I always start from my sources of inspiration, with these eyes I look around me. Next to that I make jewellery and I like to use my tools and try out how materials reacts to them. Eventually I work with materials, and that provides an additional factor. I find out the properties they possess and how I can edit them and this will count in the final result. Some techniques I use are common and you can find them in your house’. (via Klimt02)

I’m loving the intensity of her pieces, the colours, the shapes, the clean lines AND the fact that she’s able to use a material like laminate (so it stays off countertops). You can find out more about Karen on her website or Instagram.

Earrings : Koloro Gemo Collection
2 Finger Ring
Necklace : AKA#ISEEFACES, 2017. Wood, Laminate, Patinated Silver
Necklace : Fading Landscapes, 2011. Wood, Paint, Gold Leaf, Brass, Cotton

Ring : Under Construction, 2010. Wood, Concrete, Paint, Cotton, Silver

Fabiana Gadano

 

Cities I. Recycled PET plastic bottles, PVC cord, plated brass and sterling silver rivets
Cities I. Recycled PET plastic bottles, PVC cord, plated brass and sterling silver rivets

In a world bulging with ugly plastic everything, maker Fabiana Gadano transforms at least some of the millions of utilitarian drinks containers we can’t seem to live without into these soft graceful translucent pieces, using PET plastic bottles. I had a hard time limiting the number of images in this post so if you want to find out more about her and her work check out her website here.

 

 

Cities V. Necklace. Recycled PET plastic bottles, PVC cord, plated brass and sterling silver rivets
Cities V. Necklace. Recycled PET plastic bottles, PVC cord, plated brass and sterling silver rivets

Cities VI. Necklace. Recycled PET plastic bottles, PVC cord, plated brass and sterling silver rivets
Cities VI. Necklace. Recycled PET plastic bottles, PVC cord, plated brass and sterling silver rivets

Natura 1. Recycled PET plastic bottles and plated brass
Natura 1. Recycled PET plastic bottles and plated brass

Natura 2. Recycled PET plastci bottles, PVC cord and plated brass
Natura 2. Recycled PET plastci bottles, PVC cord and plated brass

Natura 9. Brooch. Recycled PET plastic bottles and plated brass
Natura 9. Brooch. Recycled PET plastic bottles and plated brass

Still Life. Brooch. Recycled PET and nickelsilver
Still Life. Brooch. Recycled PET and nickelsilver

Juliane Schölss

The next time I’m in Nuremberg (which would be the first time) I’m going to look for the workshop of  Juliane Schölss. All I have to say about her jewellery is WOW! Just look at her shibuichi rings, and have you ever seen more gorgeous plastic?!

Juliane Scholss Chain silver, bi-colour gold: silver, steel rope 2014
Julaine Scholss Chain: silver, bi-colour gold/silver, steel rope

Juliane Scholss Pendant plastic
Juliane Scholss Pendant: plastic

Juliane Scholss Rings plastic
Julaine Scholss Rings: plastic

Juliane Scholss Rings silver shibuichi
Juliane Scholss Rings: silver, shibuichi