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Classé dans : COUP DE COEUR — bijoucontemporain @ 17:24

RIP my black jewel …..


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Decouverte : Maria SOLORZANO

Classé dans : Argentine (RA),COUP DE COEUR,recup' / recycled,www Joyeros Argentinos — bijoucontemporain @ 0:04

Maria Solórzano Joyería Contemporánea

« Diseñadora Industrial de la Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México y la Univ. Politécnica de Valencia, España. En Méx. trabajó con el escultor Berth Glauner, haciendo joyería en vidrio y plata. Cofundó una empresa de indumentaria y accesorios “Trazte” dedicada a explorar alternativas de vestido. En el 2006 se muda a Buenos Aires estudia con María Médici y comienza a hacer joyas de autor en forma independiente. Participando en expos y concursos en Méx. y Arg. Sus piezas son elementos de alto contenido de diseño libre. El trabajo que realiza se basa en el vínculo de intimidad entre el usuario y la joya. La obra es resultado de reflexiones, juegos y sensaciones profundas para el usuario. »

(voir aussi sur « Joyeros Argentinos« )

Decouverte : Maria SOLORZANO dans Argentine (RA) 224346_105382756217029_100002359157630_52261_1676393_n

Maria Solórzano- collar « biblis » con mecanismo en el interior que permite que se expanda o achique


224083_109848885770416_100002359157630_98888_6076260_n dans COUP DE COEUR

225837_109846442437327_100002359157630_98859_8347621_n dans recup' / recycled
Maria Solórzano-  collar « flower tramp »finalista en el concurso origomu – hecho 100% material reciclado, anillos de six pack, precintos, latas de gaseosay alpaca

230963_109846679103970_100002359157630_98867_3444833_n dans www Joyeros Argentinos

Maria Solórzano- brazalete « handcuffs » – hecho 100% material reciclado, anillos de six pack y bronce


Maria Solórzano- collar « des oeufs » – proyecto para fashion green. bronce, cascarones de huevo, oro de hoja

María Solórzano

Maria Solórzano- colección de pins « el santo remedio » – todos tenemos problemas pero tods tenemos también su santo remedio


Yong Joo Kim : Reconfiguring the Ordinary

Classé dans : COUP DE COEUR,RISD (US),Yong JOO KIM (S.KR) — bijoucontemporain @ 21:13

Yong Joo Kim

upcoming exhibition :
*Reconfiguring the Ordinary II (Nov 22- Dec 1, 2011 )
Hangaram Design Museum of Seoul Arts center, Seoul, Korea

 Yong Joo Kim : Reconfiguring the Ordinary dans COUP DE COEUR 22175_357440626144_201326601144_5239294_6096401_n

« Why I do what I do

After reading the past two posts on competition and plastic surgery, some people asked me how those subjects relate to my work. So today, I wanted to share more of the story behind my work.
I was born and raised in Seoul, the metropolitan capital of Korea, teeming with a population of over ten million. While Seoul is a beautiful city on the surface, what lies beneath is the seldom talked about presence of the cutthroat competition that permeates the culture.
Immersed in competition, I was taught that recognition was the ultimate goal. My peers believed that scoring high on exams, and entering high-ranked universities were the only ways to gain recognition. For my female colleagues and I, competition didn’t end in academics. While I was too afraid of going under the knife, ten of my friends eventually went on to receive plastic surgery. They believed firmly that beauty affords greater probability of getting a good job or finding a successful husband: both effective ways to gain recognition.
A similar desire to achieve beauty was the goal of my undergraduate artwork. I started each project with a clear vision of what each piece should look like. I then judged and valued my work based on how closely my production matched the design. I spent a long time filing, sanding, and polishing precious metals. I did not enjoy this process, but I felt that it was a small price to pay to achieve the beauty that I so desired.
All this changed when I moved to Providence for graduate work. Living in a different city came as a shock. I was completely alone, and it was hard to meet people. The culture shock, the language barrier, and the workload all made it very difficult for me to feel at home.
I then realized that without the cultural restrictions of home, I am able to explore my environments more freely. I didn’t know what the social norm was so I wasn’t pressured by it. With nobody to stare at, and nobody to be stared by, I started to dress down. Day by day, I felt the longing for beauty start to dissolve. In its place was now a new desire: a desire to explore the new environment, to understand, internalize, and to empathize.
Through this process of exploration, I realized that the world is full of unnoticed objects. I found such overlooked objects beautiful. As I began to recognize their full potential, I was compelled to collect them.
I became interested in taking these mundane objects and evolving them into something new. Instead of my usual repertoire of precious metals, my choice of materials now came from the corners of our everyday lives. By assembling, grouping, clustering, and piling these small and simple elements, I learned that beauty could emerge from an unexpected source.
As the wearer approaches my work, I hope their perspective shifts and the sudden and unexpected realizations spark wonder, discovery, tension, joy, and play.  This approach challenges the traditional and cultural notions of value in jewelry, which focuses on expensive metals and stones that emphasize the wealth of the wearer. I am looking forward to  introducing unconventional use of familiar artifacts into a world full of conventions. » (july 2011)

283360_240702722625643_155240861171830_932980_4457566_n dans RISD (US)
Yong Joo Kim- Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Rounded, Aligned and Twisted #1, neckpiece  – Velcro, thread


« Think of beans, straws, pins, nails, velcro, snaps, cable ties, and electric caps. These objects are not normally considered beautiful or valuable. I explore the value of such mundane objects, and discover their hidden beauty through a process of reconfiguration. Think of the velcro: a long strip of rough, bland, and industrial object, seen on shoes, bags, watches, and at the grocery store. As I pay close attention to it and its system of organization in my environment, I find new ways of looking, new ways of decomposing and composing them, and new ways of creating a relationship between it and our body. My work introduces unconventional use of familiar artifacts into a world full of conventions.

By assembling, grouping, clustering, and piling, the simple elements become complex, and give rise to the unexpected. As the wearer approaches my work, their perspective shifts and sudden realizations spark wonder, discovery, tension, joy and play. My investigation of creation, innovation, and transformation questions the definition of value, and provides a never-ending field for invention  «
Yong Joo Kim-velcro necklace
Yong Joo Kim
Yong Joo Kim2010

« This spring 2010 work is an extension of my previous body of work, Reconfiguring the Ordinary. After graduation, I was left with a limited set of tools and equipments at my home studio. Given the limitations, I focused on a single material, Velcro, which can be freely cut, attached, stacked, piled, rolled, bent and sewn together with my own bare hands or by using simple hand tools. With the material at hand, I began to explore a wide variety of possibilities in form. Given the physical properties afforded by Velcro, I was also able to experiment with the fabrication of unusually large pieces as well. » Yong Joo Kim
Yong Joo Kim2010

Yong Joo Kim2010


Yong Joo Kim2010


Yong Joo Kim2010
Yong Joo KimRISD graduate show embraces the new austerity – 2009 – « The pieces in Yong Joo Kim’s « Reconfiguring the Ordinary » collection are made from an unlikely mix of Velcro, zip ties and dried beans. »
Yong Joo Kim- 2008


Decouverte : Luz ARIAS

Classé dans : Argentine (RA),COUP DE COEUR,Luz ARIAS (RA),www Klimt02 — bijoucontemporain @ 19:32

Luz Arias
« It’s magical making appear an object that didn’t exist before. I like to discover and experiment with all possible materials, an amazing quality or a new way of working.
The metal seems particularly interesting to me because it’s hard and soft at once. It may be opaque or shiny, I like the softness,roughness and tension, and its relationship with the fire that makes it pass through different states from liquid to solid.
Thus, objects appear to be used and enjoyed from the soul. »
Luz Arias - necklace: Chaos Collection 2011 – Silver, amethysts, pearls

Luz ARIAS (Argentina) - Necklace Chaos Collection 2011 - red corals, crysta
Luz Arias necklace: Chaos Collection 2011 – Red corals, crystal

Luz ARIAS - Brooch Open Heart 2011 - resin, silver
Luz Arias -   Brooch Open Heart 2011 – resin, silver

Luz ARIAS - Necklace Open Heart Collection 2011
Luz Arias Necklace Open Heart Collection 2011 – silver, pearls, resin

Luz ARIAS (Argentina) - Ring Seeking Collection 2011

Luz Arias Ring Seeking Collection 2011 – epoxi, silver
Luz Arias « … serie de reciclado de goma de bici y plata. »
Luz Arias -   rings / anillos – coleccion reciclados – plata y goma


COUP de COEUR : Sung-Yeoul LEE – Knot so Precious ……

Classé dans : COUP DE COEUR,Korea (KR),Sung-Yeoul LEE (KR),www Klimt02 — bijoucontemporain @ 0:03

SungYeoul Lee
 » My goal is associating the idea of intimacy in jewelry object to the body. Intimacy is intrinsic to the jewelry/wearer relationship. Historically, individuals have worn jewelry not only to adorn their body but to express their physical or mental condition. As conceptual approaches to jewelry making today became popular, jewelry artists keep trying to consciously communicate their thoughts through the jewelry works. Jewelry are no longer simply body adornment; some widen our senses and challenge our perceptions. For these reasons, the idea of intimacy became a significant source of inspiration.
In my current body of works, I am trying to visualize intimate relationship between jewelry form and our body. I cast single or group of precious stone shapes which symbolize ‘Jewelry’ and they are embedded, inserted or growing in the organic form and it represented extension of human body. To do so, my works indicate a deep affinity and ties with wearer. I feel that it expresses the physical and conceptual connection between piece and wearer. It is important to me that the wearers can be able to feel themselves connected with the jewelry while wearing my works. »

Intimacy (Rope and Knot)  
« I use the rope and knot as a symbol of intimate relationship. Using them allows me to comment on my personal experience. The use of rope and knot relate to me both physically and conceptually implying emotional intimacy. »
SungYeoul Leerings- Ring / Poly rope, Tool dip, Aluminum / 2006
SungYeoul Lee – Intimacy- rope & knot- necklace 2006
SungYeoul Lee« I am hitched » -Brooch – Poly rope, Tool dip, St.silver – 2007
SungYeoul LeePierce me -Brooch- Silver, Copper, Powder coating, Tool dip- 2007
SungYeoul LeePenetration -Brooch- St.silver, Resin, Poly rope, Tool dip-  2007
SungYeoul LeeKnot so Precious rings


Intimacy (Faceted Stone form)
My goal is associating idea of intimacy in jewelry object to the body. When the piece is on the body, it seems to being embedded or to penetrate the wearer. I feel that it expresses the physical and conceptual connection between piece and wearer. It is important to me that the wearer can be able to feel themselves connected with the jewelry while wearing my work. It is very meaningful in promoting the intimacy between wearer and the work itself.
SungYeoul LeeConnection -Brooch – St.silver, Wire cable – 2008
SungYeoul Lee ‘Intimacy’ -Brooch – St.silver, Wire cable-2008
SungYeoul Lee Sprout -Brooch – St.silver, Wire cable, Tool dip- 2008
SungYeoul Lee Sprout -Brooch – St.silver, Wire cable, Tool dip – 2008
SungYeoul Lee‘Implant’ – Brooch – St.silver, Shibuichi, Cable wire, Tool dip – 2009


Decouverte : Kerry HOWLEY – Human hair as jewellery

Classé dans : COUP DE COEUR,Grande-Bretagne (UK),Kerry HOWLEY (UK),organics — bijoucontemporain @ 18:27

 Human hair as jewellery: would you wear it?

As a newly graduated art student, it’s important to discover your niche, and London based jewellery designer Kerry Howley has certainly found hers. Hair. Yes, human hair. Now, in my book jewellery and hair are words that should only be combined with a sentence using ‘tangled’, right? I would certainly not expect ‘made of’ to be the connective anyway. But what was I saying about pushing boundaries, for Howell’s graduate project was just that. As a series of 5 striking necklaces, with delicate lace-like aesthetics, the pieces were made entirely from human hair. Taking inspiration from Damask wallpaper patterns, the artist used broken saw blades to cut and weave the tresses into abstract shapes to elegantly adorn the neck. Spending a thorough 60 hours on each piece, there’s no arguing the pieces qualify as couture, it’s just usually we don’t find couture so creepy.


EXPO ‘DECADENCE & DISARRAY’ – Sienna Gallery, SPQ Projects, Lenox (USA) – 1er Juill.-21 Aout 2011

Classé dans : Celio BRAGA (BR),Exposition/Exhibition,Gal. Sienna Patti (US) — bijoucontemporain @ 0:07


Decadence and Disarray explores the unexpected ways in which the ornate, the opulent, and the glamorous crumble and decay, and the subtle beauty of these transformations. The work selected addresses this theme in a variety of ways.

Open six days a week, SPQ Projects will serve as an extension of Sienna Gallery, which will continue to represent the finest in contemporary art jewelry from around the world. Upcoming Sienna Gallery exhibitions include Found Subjects, which features jewelry and mixed media by award-winning jeweler and longtime Sienna Gallery artist Sondra Sherman, and COSTUME COSTUME, a curated collection of work by emerging jewelers which explores costume jewelry as a subject for new work.

Sienna Patti established SPQ PROJECTS in 2010 to represent and work with emerging and established artists creating engaging and thought provoking work.
The artists bridge the worlds of art, craft, and contemporary design with innovative use of materials and mediums. Many are engaging conceptually with traditional craft based techniques and ideas. Artists listed are represented but our projects bring in many artists for collaborations.

This is a new and ongoing project – we welcome artist submissions, .


Jordi Alcaraz – Célio Braga Lauren Fensterstock Timothy Horn Stacy Howe Jim Kazanjian Beth Lipman Myra Mimlitsch-Gray Jonathan Wahl Bill Wright
Jonathan Wahl - Jet Drawing: Darth Vader’s Mouthpiece2009 – charcoal on paper

Jonathan Wahl -Jet Drawing: Totem2009 – charcoal on paper




SPQ PROJECTS is now located at
53 Church Street in Lenox Massachusetts.



Decouverte : Olga NORONHA

Classé dans : Central Saint Martins (UK),Olga NORONHA (PT),Portugal (PT) — bijoucontemporain @ 0:35

Olga Noronha is currently finalizing her Major in Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins, London, and will be with us in our first Tea Fashion Point

Olga started with beads and pliers, moving forward to sapphires, rubies, diamonds, steal, plastic, rubber, glass, olive branches, etc. “The word jewellery has always been linked to the idea of noble materials such as gold, silver and gemstones. Gemstones are now replaces by crystals, metals by rubbers, plastics, glass and a huge spectrum of materials that achieve an equal or even greater aesthetic value.” – Olga Noronha, 2008.

The harmony of movement and the synchronicity and dependence of all the body parts make the expression of the body the most beautiful human act. The jewel becomes a vital detail and Olga does it best. Her immense creativity and restless search for knowledge make her collections a delight pleasure to our eyes and hands.  “My aim, within the jewellery matter is to relentlessly examine the relationship between bodies, attitudes and surroundings, both in the wearer’s and the audience’s points of view and to create art pieces that celebrate the marriage of sturdy mechanics and delicate anatomies, constantly challenging and exploring the relationship of interactivity, and illustrating the connection between ‘to see’ and ‘to be seen’. My wish is for people not to be apathetic towards my work, whatever the reaction – good or bad, welcoming doubts for they may lead to surprise.” – Olga Noronha, 2011.

Having developed a piece called “Avant-Garde” for Swarovski and exhibited at London Swarovski’s headquarters(2008), with a collection entitled “Dirty Tissues”, featuring since 2009 at the Central Saint Martin’s Museum, Olga is currently developing her final year collection,  that could be described as “Surgical Jewels”. This project is focused on the analysis of physicality and intellectuality, and their manipulation, by exploring the merger of anatomy and medicine with the creation of “objects-jewels” intimately related to the human body. For this, Olga is using actual surgery tools and turning them into jewellery pieces by moving them from a scientific context to an artistic point of view, and creating pieces that can be seen as “new- orthosis”. “May the objects be as if in dialogue with its own ambience, meaning the body where it is placed, social or intellectual phenomena and the ambiguity shown in the relationship between the viewer and the object, allowing the first to see the body as its own garment and also to help overcoming eventual traumas and fears related to surgical gadgets” – Olga Noronha, 2011. (fashionthinkers web)
Olga Noronha - incarcerated bodies
Olga Noronha -« Cinco dedos uma mao » – Hand Piece: Five Fingers One Hand 2009
Olga Noronha -incarcerated bodies


‘Conflict’ (18 juin 2011, Central St Martins) is an exploration of a merger between anatomy, medicine and jewel-like objects. The combined use of actual surgery tools and their replicas are transformed into jewellery pieces without being dissociated from their original function. My intention is to turn the distasteful into the desirable, to switch the response from rejection to attraction.’


Prosthetic Cervical Collar & Hand Restriction piece
earrings – Antique syringe needles, Yellow gold and diamonds, Silver, Disposable syringe needles

Earrings: Disposable syringe needle 2011
Disposable syringe needle, silver, Rock crystal briolette


EXPO ‘KIFF SLEMMONS – on and off the wall’- Sienna Gallery, Lenox (USA) – 8 Juill.-7 Aout 2011

July 8 – August 7
KIFF SLEMMONS – on and off the wall

In many cultures, paper is considered precious and this is not more true than in the hands of Kiff Slemmons. Working for the past ten years in collaboration with the artisans at Arte Papel in Oaxaca Mexico, the paper is cut, folded, inked, and wrapped to make jewelry. The majority of materials used in creating the paper jewelry are regionally grown in Mexico. Local plant dyes are extracted for the natural colors and man-made dyes produce the vivid colors. Cactus juice is used to size the paper and the forms are all hand made by local artisans. The jewelry is abstract and structural, like bones; with a skin of natural and dyed colors, it is sensual and tactile. Slemmons original designs began with a few basic forms; she has now repeated, recombined, enlarged, reduced and re-contextualized these elements in myriad variations. Paper is the site of poetry, the site of drawing, and in this jewelry, the unexpected site of both.

Kiff Slemmons was born in 1944 in Maxton, North Carolina and was raised in Adel, Iowa. In 1968, she received a BA in art and French from the University of Iowa, where her undergraduate studies included a year at the Sorbonne in Paris. She has been influenced by the chance and transformation of Dada and Surrealist theory and the focus on materials and structure in Constructivism. Equally important to her is the love of language, tools, and the printed word that she acquired from her father, a newspaper publisher and editor. A self-taught metalsmith who has been exhibiting for more than 30 years. The daughter of a newspaper publisher and editor, language and the written word have important roles in her work. Her work can be found in permanent collections around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Mint Museum, North Carolina; Contemporary Museum, Hawaii; and the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington.



Sienna Gallery
80 Main Street
Lenox, MA 01240
T [413] 637-8386


EXPO ‘SONDRA SHERMAN – found subjects’ – Sienna Gallery, Lenox (USA) – 8 Juill.-7 Aout 2011

Classé dans : Exposition/Exhibition,Gal. Sienna Patti (US),Sondra SHERMAN (US),USA — bijoucontemporain @ 0:10

July 8 – August 7
SONDRA SHERMANfound subjects

Sondra Sherman is Associate Professor of Art and Head of the Jewelry and Metalwork Program at San Diego State University, CA. She received her MFA from the Academy of Fine Art, Munich GERMANY, and her BFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA She has been the recipient of many awards
Sherman’s artwork is included in the following public collections: the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the Museum of Arts and Design, NY , etc etc …..
Sondra Sherman- Flowers and Still Life Brooch, 2010. Silver, stainless steel

In the jewelry format the wearer becomes a collaborator. The wearer chooses to be the « performer » of the jewelry object in the theater of social interaction. Works from the series ‘Found Subjects’ extend this chance collaboration as each piece responds to metaphorically resonant and aesthetically substantive aspects of selected book titles or bindings. A resonant disjuncture occurs between the anticipated, actual, and ultimately metaphorical content created by the juxtaposition of the used book titles/bindings and jewelry pieces with their implied ‘site’ of the body/wearer. The initial context for interpretation is created in the containment of the jewelry piece in the book which inspired it. I have not read any of the books as I was not interested in illustrating, but in responding to the title, or purely visual information, and common knowledge of the given subject. Interested in chance procedures which are sort of antithetical to metalwork, I was intrigued by the inverted methodology of interpreting a found title, in a sense the use of a found object, or in this case found content. A less consciously chosen parameter was that dimensions of each piece are limited to the space of the book.
Sondra Sherman- ‘Julia Newberry’s Diary’, Brooch, 2010 steel, 925ag, nail polish
Sondra Sherman- Great Ideas of Science pendant, 2010 925 ag, marcasites, pyrite, silk thread


Sienna Gallery
80 Main Street
Lenox, MA 01240
T [413] 637-8386


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