« Juan Harnie is a 23-year old jewellery designer/maker from Hasselt, Belgium. He studied architectural and interior arts in Brussels but the scale of the things he had to design troubled him. He liked to work on a small scale and where the smallest detail had a big influence on the piece. This is why he studied jewellery design at the MAD-faculty in Hasselt, Belgium where he could do his bachelors and masters degree. The use of materials, which aren’t normally associated with jewellery, is what fascinates him most. »
One of the Juan Harnie brooches from 2016 begins with this title ‘Still Scar(r)ed? – Forget Me Not‘ : Oooh NO ! will not forget ! I discovered the work of Juan Harnie with these spiky pins, from the Scar(r)ed serie, and immediatly loved it !
« In his project ‘Scar(r)ed’ (2015), Juan Harnie investigates how medical materials, deformities and scar tissue can be used in jewellery even though many people associate them with negative experiences and fear. As an outcome of this research he created a collection of brooches and necklaces made of latex and a variety of medical materials such as syringes, gauze and stainless steel basins. This unusual choice of materials and the technique of surgical stitching creates very decorative, yet uncanny pieces »
Juan Harnie - Scar(r)ed – 2015 – Brooches – Latex, stainless steel, resin, syringes, yarn Juan Harnie Jewellery ‘Still Scar(r)ed?’ – ‘Forget Me Not’ – Brooch – 2016 – Polyurethane, silver, syringes, brass
Juan Harnie - Sca(r)red – ‘Scarlet’ – Brooch – 2015
Juan Harnie. – ‘Scar(r)ed’ Brooches – Syringes, steel, latex, thread – 2015
Now, in 2016, he continues his experimentation with a new serie, « Aesthetical Injection« : Designing this collection Juan Harnie used medical materials to create attractive, floral looking jewellery. Juan has always seen beauty in materials that have little to no aesthetical value to others. These materials in particular are usually linked to unpleasant situations like hospitals and doctor visits, but now they are taken out of this context and made into uncanny pieces of jewellery.
Juan got his inspiration from flowers and plants, which always seem to please the eye of the beholder. Even when a plant or flower turns out to be hazardous, poisonous or possibly deadly, at first people will always attribute positive feelings towards seeing them. Contradictory, syringes that are designed to administer medicine and in fact heal people are met with fear, disgust and a general feeling of unease. Using these syringes in colourful, floral pieces of jewellery, mimicking the shape and colour of the ever-so-loved flower, might just make people reconsider their initial feelings towards syringes and see the beauty the designer saw in them.
In addition to the syringes, sterile medical gauze is used either to imprint the silver backs of the pieces or being drenched in coloured polyurethane and moulded into organic sculptured shapes sprouting silverwork and gemstones. This medical gauze once again fulfils its original purpose: being worn on the body and thus soothing an inner ache.«
(Syringes, polyurethane, zirconia, brass, silver, gauze, resin)
Juan Harnie ‘ – Still Scar(r)ed?’ Brooch (detail)- Polyurethane, silver, brass, zirconia, syringes, medical gauze.
Juan Harnie - Still Scar(r)ed?’ Brooch 2016
Juan harnie participates to a Current exhibition :
« 12th Jewelry Award Expo » :
* DiamondLand, 21/09-10/10/2016, Antwerp (BE)
* Tour & Taxis, 17/10-13/11/2016, Brussels (BE)
* Diamond Museum, 18/11/2016-05/01/2017, Bruges (BE)
AND THEN, the Upcoming Exhibition will be :
« Triple Parade Exhibitions » 10/11/2016-16/01/2017, at Tianjin (China) - SHENGXI Art Museum, Gauguin Gallery
The main exhibition TRIPLE PARADE 2016 - Dialogue Across You and Me to Them: Creator, Wearer, Viewer represents 79 designers and artists
the artists and designers will be part of this year’s TRIPLE PARADE Central Exhibitions are:
Karin Johansson, Paul Derrez, Lin Cheung, Dinie Besems, Kim Buck, Lauren Kalman, Ezra Satok-Wolman, Katja Prins, Joo Hyung Park, Sofie Boons, Chiara Scarpitti, Trinidad Contreras Chaparro, Aisegul Telli, Ana Filipa Braganca, Gular Mustafa, Dukno Yoon, Hester Popma-Van De Kolk, Joson Thomson, Juan Harnie, Marie-Louise Kristensen, Marion Delarue, Minna Karhu, Ruta Naujalyte, Sangji Yun, Sara Gackowska, Lee Yojae, Lee Myungjoo, Hong Kyunghee, Zixuan Feng, Zheng Yu, Haiming Ren, Dingchen He, Zhicheng Zhou, Wei Zhou, Jingyao Sun, Ye Zhang, Yiping Zeng, Danyi Zhu, Yuxuan Zhu, Anqi Li, Heng Li, Wenqian Li, Muzi Li, Dongdong Zhuang, Jie Sun, Jing Li, Guangyao Yang, Xiao Liang, Yanli Duan, Hangchen Duan, Jinwei Chi, Zhaokun Wang, Jun Hu, Bai Xie, Yi Zhao, Xinan Yu, Hui Guo, Xiaodai Huang, Zhaodan Zhang, Kui Shu, Shijian Zhao. Peter Rust, Kirsi Manninen, Anne Bader, Shaofei Zhang & Qian Wang, Ying Jiang, Lin Ju, Yin Chang, Wenqi Xu, Hongyu Xu, Yan Li, Wenqian Li, Feiyu Lin, Liyin Wang, Weiming Lu, Ma Lu, Quanxia Chen.
but we will see this in time, … and in details ! later
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