Goldsmithing Silversmithing Metalwork and Jewellery MA
Working on the formal aspect of the pearl, I gave my personal interpretation to the traditional pearl necklace, revising its shape in different ways, experimenting various materials and looking for a large diversity concerning the techniques and the final perception. I played on the diversity of the sensations of the pieces who have a common theme but who are, each of them, handled in a different way. Each of the necklaces are part of the same gender: the pearl necklace. To go beyond the common pearl necklace -simple, classical and wearable- that we wear without questioning ourselves, I wanted to play with some of my pieces and hide this usual aspect and this first function of the necklace. To discover some of the necklaces, we have to unfold, to unpack them first. It is a playful research that reminds of the search and the surprise of the pearl researcher who first has to catch the oyster and then to open it, hoping to find the desired object! Credits Photography: Dimitri Klopmann
A series of unisex rings: laser cut stainless steel and diamonds As fine and delicate as lace, the metal becomes light and transparent. The motives are in contrast with the sweet and seductive image of the threadwork. A curious association of opposits. Stainless steel lace, skull and crossbones with diamonds eyes... This collection, which was achieved through a grant awarded by the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, comes in three different models: "ribambelle", "dégradé" and "négatif", available in three different finishes: polish, satin or bead blasting, with or without black or white diamonds.
What physical form could I give to anxiety? How do we wear anxiety; how does it reveal itself on the body? Could I induce this feeling through objects and jewellery? The relationship between anxiety and the creative process fascinates me. The work itself gives physical form to the pain and tension I see as inseparable to this. The monoprints show my personal experience of this, reflecting the feeling of tearing myself open, vomiting jewellery, or giving birth to it. The rings themselves reflect this process, containing elements of creation, destruction, metamorphosis and evolution. They invoke a range of anxieties by creating a tension between the wish to keep the objects intact or to reveal their hidden secret. This action can be through a destructive process, or require the wearer to go through a repulsive experience. The work is a physical and emotional journey, exploring and externalising emotions as objects, and invoking the tension we all feel concerning change.
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