1961, United Kingdom
Winner Gioielli in Fermento 2016
This latest collection is inspired by found images depicting flora and fauna. The images are chosen for their visual composition or specific aesthetic elements and are given a three dimensional 'chained interpretation', thus turning them into wearable pieces of jewellery. Unlike the making process used in preceding work, each enamel colour is separately fused and fired on the chain and the piece is then constructed from the previously enamelled chain. This allows the piece to evolve with the different types of chain and colours mixing and intertwining, translating the image into a pixelated relief of textured layers.
Necklace - Silver trace chain, silver cable chain, enamel.
Winner, HERBERT HOFMANN PRIZE "SCHMUCK"
In my work I use a lot of colour to express another spectrum: the spectrum of emotions. When I begin to craft each piece, the material is hot and dynamic but after a while, it becomes still, like a metaphor of a moment becoming a memory. When looking at my work, people often say my pieces look like ice or unknown minerals. I celebrate the idea behind the material. That is why I use valuable metals like gold, gold plated silver and titanium for the rear of the brooches and other supporting details.
Brooch - Marble, gold plated sterling silver.