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.’
CONFLICT : REJECTION / ATTRACTION
THE EXPLORATION OF A MERGER OF ANATOMY AND MEDICINE WITH THE CREATION OF OBJECTS-JEWELS INTIMATELY RELATED TO THE HUMAN BODY; THE COMBINATION OF ACTUAL SURGERY TOOLS AND THEIR REPLICAS TURNED INTO JEWELLERY PIECES, WITHOUT BEING DISSOCIATED FROM THEIR ORIGINAL FUNCTIONS; AND THE CREATION OF PIECES THAT ASSUME A NEW CONCEPT OF ORTHOSIS.
AN INTENTION TO TURN THE OBNOXIOUS INTO DESIRABLE.
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