Ana Catalina Lizano â€œMy subjects are scenes, stories or events represented in a descriptive and literal way. Anything can be an inspiration: a personal experience, a picture, television news, a poem, a character, a landscape, a material just found. I am also interested in the experience with re-used materials. My quest is not complex, my pieces are what they are, plain and bare words, feelings, memories, and stories to be worn.â€?
The Suffering of Frida, brooch, 2010 silver, bronze, gemstones, oil, crayons, textile
Ana Gorriti Lanthane is the brand new project of Ana Gorriti. Randomness and Playfullness are part of the creative process involved in making each single pieces and the whole collections. The mobile brooch presented here is part of the collection Urban Forest, which takes inspiration from the effect of wind on the leaves.
Urban Forest mobile brooch
Anastasia Agglopoulou â€œI love to take pictures from the city and collect things from the beaches. These are usually my subjects for my jewellery. My favourite material in jewellery is paper.â€?
Just waiting, brooch paper, colour, burnt, silver
Angela Marzinotto â€œI am intrigued by the possibilities of shadows and light, depth and height. I explore the contrasts between black and white as well as the unclear world of transparencies. I always try to make a statement, give a meaning, or make you think outside the box. I wish to make you take a closer look and promise to do the same in return.â€?
Pronto, brooch ceramic
Antje Stolz â€œIn my works I like to play with perception, associations and illusion. Playing with materials is often the source of inspiration for my jewellery. The form language of my jewellery pieces is influenced by cut stones; they appear as imprints, contours, engravings, cut-outs or they are cut or cast out of plastic material.â€?
Scaled stones I, brooch, 2013
Argiris Aggelopoulos â€œMy jewellery is based on traditional techniques which I evolve through modern design. I also create some unique art objects influenced by the circle of life and the religions of the world. In this brooch I gave the shape of a butterfly and on its surface I made characteristic motifs inspired from the paintings of my beloved Gustav Klimt. Afterwards I perfected it with some hystorical jewellery elements, that have been down passed from generation to generation, and remind us of loved ones and cherished moments.â€?
Ariane Hartmann “Fascinated by this small world I studied product and ¨ sseldorf. jewellery design at FH-Du I am really attracted by the written word, my main inspiration. I always try to work in a sensitive and intuitive way. Sometimes everything is very clear, but when I focus on it, it seems to blur. I am constantly looking.”
The best part, brooch
¨ tsch Bettina Go “Interaction is an essential approach to my work. The person who is wearing one of the brooches can decide which form, namely which ornament, he wants to create on his body.”
Linje, brooch-necklace silver and coral
Beverly Tadeu â€œMy work has a fragile, ethereal quality that belies its inherent strength and durability. The intricately soldered pieces of forged and formed 18 karat gold and silver require countless solder points lending great strength to otherwise delicate wire pieces. The open structure of this work allows people to glimpse inside to usually unseen spaces, to the play of shadows and layers revealed. I endeavor to capture, in each of my sculptural pieces, certain elusive and contradicting qualities, asymmetry with symmetry, rawness with opulence, and fragility with strength.â€?
Rooted Pod, brooch 18K gold, oxided silver
Bruno da Rocha Bruno da Rocha has always been seduced by the dimension of magic. His creations dramatically reflect this seduction, with dream-like effects resulting in recreated luxurious visions of the natural world. Insects, plants, flowers and other organic elements are transferred, transported or carried over to the urban environment in an equilibrium of mystery and sensuality. Bruno da Rochaâ€™s jewellery mirrors the authorâ€™s sensitivity; each piece is a small sculpture, a step into his journey of dreams. A moment transformed into art you can wear with pleasure.
brooch sterling silver and enamel
Cristina Zani â€œMy Seoul is inspired by the contrasting architecture of South Korea. The choice and juxtaposition of materials echoes its landscape: sombre modern buildings intertwined with colourful and ancient wooden temples and palaces.â€?
My Seoul, brooch blue and patina
´ Dunja Naerlovic “The most important advice that was given to me during my study years was to clear my mind from extra lines and very often I like to say that my work reflects the attempt to achieve this higher goal. I’m inspired by things that are already here: nature, materials and objects from everyday life, emotions... while silver, copper and brass are materials of a structural system that carries them all.”
Eliana Negroni â€œI have been working with metal for many years - I learned from my father who is a master engraver without welding or casting, which means my contact with the metal itself is more direct. At present I work with aluminum, chasing light effects through engraving and the use of precision machinery, always creating pieces based on my original designs, and then reworking each piece by hand.â€?
Tribute to Getulio Alviani, brooch aluminum, silver wire engraving and milling
Â´ Eliane-Catrie Blouin-Achim â€œMy creations are marks of my existence that symbolise instants of my bohemian and underground imaginary. A testimonial proof of my passage in this world and a desire to make art accessible for all. Inspired by the purity of nature and the energy of the city, every piece is conceived with strong contrasts, as raw and refined, than organic and structured.â€?
Project B, brooch, 2013 concrete and sterling silver
Elisabeth Alba â€œMy work takes inspiration mostly from day-to-day activities, from ancient traditions, and from the social criticism towards women. Formally my creations are organic female bodies with circular shapes, the virtues of romanticism and of the past.â€?
Brooch... and then what?, 5 Sentidos Collection, brooch silver
Emily Gill Her jewellery designs are inspired by a life-long fascination with botany and biology, beautiful natural forms that explode with colour, texture and have dream-like qualities and characteristics. When working with clients, she loves designing rings, brooches and heirlooms that might draw on a myriad of artistic inspiration to come up with â€œjust the right thingâ€? every time.
Mitosis, brooch hand-formed copper, sterling silver and kiln fired glass enamel
Erda Vacide Erda realizes jewels and accessories through different processes such as sewing, gluing, rolling, cutting... combinations of all possible forms; converting them in fashion accessories such as handbags, necklaces, brooches and rings. Erdaâ€™s works can be found at MOMA in New York, and at The Art Institute of Chigago.
Brooch, acrylic and felt
Eva Burton â€?Walking the streets of my city like a ship adrift I pickup old furniture, broken wood, rusty iron, things people discarded because they have already bought a new one. What they consider trash to me is a great treasure. I want to play, construct, givethem a second chance. Reuse can be synonymous to renew, without discarding. Open your eyes to take a second look, sensitize and give a second chance to what we thought ruined and lost. They are fragments of a shipwreck: Petium.â€?
Petium, creatures of the tide, brooch, 2013 reclaimed wood, acrylic paint, steel
Ezra Satok-Wolman “The architecture of the universe reveals systems and patterns that rely on mathematics and geometry. Inspired by nature’s perfect design and it’s relationship to mathematics, I am always looking for new ways to express that concept through my work. Using the classical techniques of a goldsmith and a contemporary approach to design and material, my pieces are produced from alloy to finished piece, one at a time.”
The Mathematical Fingerprint of God, brooch, 2012
Fabiana Gadano â€œMy work talks about shelters. It represents places where to find harmony, peace and well-being. I represent shelters like fragile, precarious, fleeting constructions, evoking the fragility of ourselves as human beings.â€?
Expectations, brooch Japanese lacquered sterling silver
France Roy â€œIn my work, I am exploring new ways of giving textures to resin that will combine a visual function and a tactile quality. My aim is to create pieces of jewellery that become objects of comfort that could either be touched or worn. I see these pieces as imaginary worlds enclosed within small objects.â€?
Pink Lady, brooch sterling silver, epoxy resin, rivet Photo: Anthony McLean
Francesca Mancini “More than 10 years ago, I started to experiment using some of my father’s work tools; he is a circuits designer. Combining different materials I then discovered the world of contemporary art jewellery, and developed my own personal technique. I switched from metallic to organic materials by instinct, carried by their sheer beauty and by the amazement of finding them in nature. Even if I did not know where I was going, it was clear to me that I should go ahead.”
Our Home, brooch wood, feathers, paper
Gabrielle Desmarais “This latest body of work is strongly inspired by geodes and mostly by the magnetic and whimsical effect they can have on us. Through instinctive wood carving, enameling, painting and embroidery with fabric and stones, I wanted to create jewellery that would reflect the beauty, the fragility and the poem of a geode. The delicate patinas on the wood and the sparkle of the precious stone makes you want to hold on to these jewellery like a blessed treasure.”
´ode, brooch La ge wood, paint, tinted jade, nylon, I4 gold, wallpaper Photo: Anthony McLean
Gigi Mariani â€œI have been a goldsmith for over twenty-five years in Modena, Italy. Since I was a young man I have been interested in, and attracted to metals and their infinite capabilities, especially fascinated by metal overlapping, oxidation, and sequences of layers. With my work I try to transfer every-day emotions into contemporary jewellery and unique pieces in a simple, informal, and spontaneous way. This allows me to develop new situations, while offering art appreciators a way to develop their own feelings from these situations. My goal is to move from the concept of simple jewellery, to a larger concept of sculpture and art piece.â€?
In the signs will remain the memory, brooch silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina
Gustavo Paradiso â€œMy work is based on minimalism and beauty. I am always looking for new materials, moved by pure fun creating mini-sculptures and landscapes to wear.â€?
Color circles, brooch
Hannah-May Chapman â€œMy work is primarily focused on colour, form and texture but within the pieces I create, I push my processes to different extremes so that they somehow conform to the subject of jewellery. The sculptures that I create are designed to be colourful and entertaining and I enjoy breaking down barriers between contemporary jewellery, art and jewellery. My choice of materials varies but is usually dictated by how the textures and surfaces work together to create something aesthetically pleasing and playfully ornate that emerges from the body.â€?
Haliomma, brooch resin, synthetic fur, base metal, silver, plastic paint
¨ hler Heike Ka “Glass - like ice a solidified liquid - shows itself to be related to ice in its transparency and refraction. From stacked, molten window panes transparent glass objects are created. Inclusions of air bubbles call to mind the formerly liquid state and draw the viewer’s eyes to the inside.”
Brooch, 2012 silver and glass
Heng Lee “Through making jewellery, I present Chinese traditional crafts as another inspiration of my collection, and display how a surprising flame can be generated when traditional patterns cross upon contemporary jewellery. In the Floral embroidery – Pixel series, I have digitally enlarged embroidery patterns used to decorate garments. In this process pixels emerge, reminding us of mosaics. As in the image I magnify the border out of focus - the hand-embroidery would be the highlight of it all.”
Floral Embroidery – Pixel 6.2, brooch
Ingeborg Vandamme â€œIn my work as a jeweler designer I want, among other things, to depict the protection and concealment of the vulnerable, and the nurturing of memories. I often express this in my work by combining hard materials like metal and more transitory ones like paper, fabric and objects from nature. The thematic element is emphasized by the use of these contrasting materials. Working this way letters, shells, and fossils are fashioned into cherished treasures.â€?
Love Letter, brooch anodized aluminum, paper, textile
Iris Saar Isaacs - inSync This range of Line Collection was inspired by the children’s book, “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson, in which Harold creates a world around him by sketching with his purple crayon.
Scribble, brooch stainless steel, powder coating
Iro Kaskanis “A piece of jewellery is a powerful vehicle for communicating our identity. Through my work, I find it intriguing to explore ideas of space, scale, and absence of symmetry, enabling me to combine precious metals with non precious elements. Designing jewellery feels like investigating form, structure, and balance to derive a piece of art which will have an intimate physical relationship with the human body and will be completed only when it becomes part of the wearer’s experience and expression.”
Jan Kerkstra â€œI enjoy working with wood and silver and do so since more than 25 years. Besides jewellery I make small sculptures. Inspiration for this brooch are the walls of houses covered with shingles. The brooch is made of ebony wood and silver. The silver shingles are riveted with copper nails.â€?
The Wall, brooch
Jan Smith â€œMy work references my fascination in the complexity and sensual qualities of botanical, and industrial forms. I am inspired by the patterns, designs on the surfaces of these objects. I love to make things... I think with my hands. I do not start with a completed concept or drawing but rather I begin with a feeling or sensation. I use vitreous enamel to create colour fields, marks and textures; working intuitively with the materials I am excited by the imperfections in the surfaces. Jewellery for me is more than decorative object, it is a form of public art; something which holds an intimate message worn to communicate an idea or concept in the public realm.â€? Love Me, brooch
Jana Machatova â€œI use photographs and pictures from my postcard collection. By setting them into a new context I tell new stories and foreground dreams, poetry, and hidden desires.â€?
Eine unaufmerksame Schulerin, brooch, 2012 silver, paper in laminated plastic, gold foil and pearls
Janis Kerman â€œI am inspired by the form, colours, and textures of both artistic and common objects: architecture, furniture, paintings, ceramics, fashion... My work is based on geometric shapes. Itâ€™s the balance, not the symmetry that is important to me. I am intrigued by the way shapes and colours work together.â€?
brooch sterling silver, crushed agate, tourmaline and hessonite garnet
´ Jim Bove “The Drawing Series is inspired by minimalism and abstract expressionism. The pieces are wearable canvases that allow me to explore composition. The materials are durable, copper and auto-paint. I am able to carve through the paint, layer silver, gold and copper point drawing on top, and use a patina to create subtle tonal and color changes in the metals.”
The Drawing, brooch
Johannes Berg â€œKodak Moments is an organic shaped sculpture, large in size but still able to smoothly follow the body. The frame is a silver square pipe with a wedge where the film is mounted. The roll with its hard black look gives a good contrast to the cool organic silver. When wearing the brooch, and light goes through the negatives, it is possible for the carrier to see the hidden moments the roll contains.â€?
Kodak Moments, brooch silver, photographic film
Jorge Manilla Manillaâ€™s vast production, is both utterly beautiful and profoundly upsetting. Attraction, repulsion, uneasiness: his work confronts him with his religious upbringing and the viewer with a powerful and intimate perception of the syncretic religion of the modern Mexico. Allusions to religious images and iconography that show the often tortuous and painful relations that Mexicans have with their faith. Wood, bones, textile, branded leather and silver are amalgamated and transformed into almost recognizable shapes: a probable anatomical part, a series of tiny bundles that could be small babies, an unknown religious utensil. Manilla is not shy to experiment with all kinds of materials and processes, never leaving aside his extraordinary metalsmithing skills. Each one of his pieces is carefully crafted in a variety of processes that are able to convey his rotund ideas. Only out of Conscience, brooch
Kaia Saarna â€œMy jewellery are feminine, dreamy and naturally simple.â€?
Waves, brooch silver, recycled paper and colour
Letitia Pintilie â€œUnpretentious jewels, unique design, invisible, contemporary. I try to represent myself in the realm of jewellery.â€?
brooch resin and acrylic paints
Li-Chu Wu Li-Chuâ€™s work is all about paper and layers; using multiple layers to create subtle movement and tactile qualities. Applying a mix of metalsmithing techniques and new technologies, Li-Chuâ€™s designs consist of a series of paper, silver, one-off, wearable pieces and body adornments. Paper is layered and manipulated in a way that expands an inner space in a concentric format and spreads and grows up from the centre. The material and the colours she chooses yield a rich tactile quality and interactive functions. Her work shows the values of material and also recreates the link between the material and its original source in the natural environment.
Montains, brooch silver and paper
(IN)Complete, brooch silver and leather
Mae Alandes â€œI like quotidian materials. One day I arrived at work where I worked as a Social Integrator and a girl was sharpening all of the coloured pencils. When I saw the shavings, they seemed precious to me and I thought that something so pretty could not go to waste. I researched different ways until I found how to harden them and this is the result.â€?
3 hardened pencil shavings, brooch pencil shavings and silver
Maria Constanza Ochoa â€œI create with feelings. . . feelings let me imagine the piece, make it, and finish it; and feelings that you, as an observer, have when you see or wear that piece. I like how people interpret what they see; I like their feelings, sensations, and questions... Sometimes I need your eyes in order to open my mind, to change paradigms, to grow.â€?
Reaching light, brooch
Maria Tsimpiskaki â€œI think of jewellery design as a combination of line and colour and material that is each time the result of a given frame of mind, of different mental and emotional states. My aim is to create jewellery that is flawless in terms of construction and finish, perfectly fitting the human anatomy so that it becomes an essential and cherished accessory, setting off the personality of the wearer.â€?
Interlaced, brooch, 2012 pvc, gold over sterling silver, gold over brass, pearl
Marla Desii â€œThe myth of Electra has it so that the daughter kills the mother. Electraâ€™s Brooch represents instead the leap of liberation from a tradition that forces women into a role. It redeems itself form the will of the mother, that of passing on the role of the woman through crochet. But it does not kill. Reinterpreting the craft makes it survive. Geometric drawing, repeated in patterns themselves handed down through generations, turns into a precious waterfall of unruly silver thread, the frenzy of a liberation within itself. Through the same language of the mother, the daughter finds her own expressive mean, which is at the same time loving gesture and overcoming.â€?
Il vezzo di Elettra, brooch, 2012 silver and cotton
Marta Armada â€œI work with silver and porcelain. Nature and the different places where I travel are my big sources of inspiration. My work is closely linked to my life, it is a very personal work.â€?
Sputnik, brooch silver and black porcelain
Mina Kang â€œRamie fabric is fabrics fairly suitable to enable the expression of dimensional and malleable geometric forms. The lineal and strict characteristic of Mosi can be connected and harmonized each other by sewing bits of fabrics in contrasting colours and geometric shapes of round and angular objects.â€?
brooch Mosi - ramie fabric, thread, stainless steel
Nathalie Perneel â€œ...and what if I were offering you a moment of delicious confusion? The small wire-world of jewels evokes straightforward ideas, but when looking closer, you will realise that they are the opposite of what they seem to be. They may look fragile, yet they are strong; they look deformable, yet they keep their shape; they may look like drawings, but they are three-dimensional.â€?
Galaxy Blue, brooch
´lia Leclercq Ophe “My work articulates around collections constituted by unique pieces and by small series. Every collection is autonomous, nevertheless, we can see recurrent motives: the human body, the cabinet of curiosity, the act ‘to collect’ are my themes of preference. ´lia’s pieces are More than objects of decoration, Ophe a coherent universe filled with quirky humor, and with playful poetry aiming at a re-wonderment of the look.”
Memento Mori, brooch silver
Peter Machata â€œI create abstract compositions, interpreting those things we have difficulties to find a word for... layers of associations, surfaces, abstract forms and shapes, real materials... reversible surfaces showing a form from both sides, uncovering their hidden sides.â€?
Out of order, brooch, 2010 silver
Pilar Agueci Pilarâ€™s technique of working reflects her formal training as a goldsmith, while encompassing contemporary design development, investigation and experimental processes. Pilar appreciates hand crafted work showcasing precision, while maintaining the importance of a quality finish. She is particularly interested in the role of creative processes and the development of new techniques in contemporary jewellery. Pilar enjoys working in multiples, with found objects and with colour. She loves to experiment and play with new materials and techniques.
La Banane, brooch
Poly Nikolopoulou â€œMy work is a way of communication with the others and myself. I really enjoy working on metal and let the fire give life to the shapes; it is very important for me that I really never know exactly the final result, so mistakes and experiments during the process are something that is included in my work.â€?
Gialiskari, brooch silver and felt
Rhiannon Higgins â€œMy inspiration for this brooch series came from researching contemporary body modifications, where people change their appearance and use their body as a platform to express their individuality. We do the same thing with contemporary jewellery. Wearing something different on our bodies as a way to utilise our freedom of expression.â€?
Infatuation is Blind, brooch
´s Freixas Rosa Nogue “Ethereal is air, is fluid, is space; ethereal is volatile, is steam, fog, mist, breath. Ethereal glide between transparency and invisibility, turning visible the invisible. Transparency is the guiding thread of my work, inviting to reflection about anything we cannot see. Even though we all know that what we call invisible does neither exist nor can we see it, we also affirm that it is inevitable. A world divided in two: the physical and the non-visible world of thought and emotions.”
Seulgi Kwon â€œCells show various changes in form during the course of creation, growth, division, and extinction. The course of change generates fantasies about unpredictable organic cell forms, which are the basic unit of life formation and contain elements of infinite fantasy. By analyzing cells forms and shapes, I recreated the shape trait of a cell as line, form and colour. I actively expressed the organic movement of the cell with its mysterious colour and its constantly changing form by using silicone, for its interesting texture, materiality, and transparency. â€? Once in a Summer, brooch silicone, pigment, plastic, thread, fabric, stainless steel
Simona Materi The technical and aesthetic tastes of Simona Materi come true in unequalled jewellery collections. Simonaâ€™s pieces combine conventionally and unconventionally precious materials. The jewel, in his being unique, has not only an intrinsic value but becomes a real work of art to wear.
Jasmine, brooch oxidized silver and ruby
¨ ner Tamara Gru “I have been working with beautiful old metal pieces from the former jewellery firm Prade for more than two years. Their lush ornamentation can first and foremost be found on the metal parts, which are being integrated in their original form in the unique pieces of jewellery. The chromaticity softens their austerity and enchants the observer. Scrolls do not seem to be mere decoration, they rather are an essential part of each piece. Cutouts attract the viewer’s glance and invite the eye to dwell. In this way new life is being breathed into the old materials. ”
Alexandrit Gold, brooch, 2011 Historical pressing in metal, glass, silver, paint, steel Photo: M. Raymann
Yunhee Kim “ I love experimentations with nature, especially leaves, flowers, and something unexpectedly fun. Recently I’m interested in Korean tradition so I try to play with it. This piece was inspired by a traditional Korean door, and I touched some colour because it is already very suit within our modern life.”
The Door, brooch
Yuri Jin â€œI draw from my daily life as a woman, wife and a mother of two children. I want to show the delight from the birth of baby, repetitive life as a house wife and a woman artist life through my works.â€?
Rebirth, brooch, 2013 brass, fabric, sand
“The Sound of Silence” reveals the amazing forms and colours of contemporary brooches by 60 outstanding artists.
Published on Feb 23, 2014
“The Sound of Silence” reveals the amazing forms and colours of contemporary brooches by 60 outstanding artists.