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COUP de … ROUGE – Ritsuko OGURA – bijoux de papier

« COUP de ROUGE » …. mais je n’ai pu résister au reste !!!

« Ritsuko Ogura uses cardboard in her jewellery giving new life to a material that is normally used for packaging and then discarded after use. She is attracted to the idea that cardboard does not catch people’s attention as a material in itself, as opposed to Japanese paper that is inherently beautiful, so she is able to give this poor material dignity by transforming it into sculptures for the body. She exploits the difficulty in cutting cardboard to her advantage, using this drawback to create new modes of expression. The finished pieces resemble delicate lace-like structures, with the inclusion of colour in some parts, or simply left the natural brown colour of the original cardboard used. Ogura has in time mastered this humble material and skilfully creates voluminous pieces to be worn or simply admired. » (Alternatives gallery)

COUP de ... ROUGE - Ritsuko OGURA - bijoux de papier dans COUP DE COEUR RO6_0
brooch- Cardboard, silver, acrylic paint -  2006 

RO8_0 dans Gal. Alternatives (IT)
Burnt cardboard, acrylic paint- bracelet 2007

OG12_0 dans Japon (JP)
bracelet- Cardboard, silver, acrylic paint -  2006

RO2_0 dans papier / paper
brooch- Cardboard, silver, acrylic paint -  2006 (and back – 11cm)

RO3_0 dans Ritsuko OGURA (JP)
brooch- Cardboard, silver, acrylic paint -  2007 ( 13,5cm)

brooch- Cardboard, silver -  2007

bracelet -cardboard, silver - 2007
bracelet- Cardboard, silver, acrylic paint -  2007


Sebastian Buescher, from the sandy shores of exotic getaways

«  If you are landlocked, working, or just can’t make it to the beach this summer, at least you can enjoy jewelry collected from the sandy shores of exotic getaways. Sebastian Buescher employs mementos combed from the beaches of Thailand and India » (summer 2010 – Velvet da Vinci Gallery)

Sebastian Buescher, from the sandy shores of exotic getaways dans ceramique 35277_440687289533_111933119533_5967089_2873156_n
Sebastian Buescher – Brooch

35277_440687294533_111933119533_5967090_3497753_n dans COUP DE COEUR
Sebastian Buescher‘Clown Fury’ brooch – Ceramic, granulex, crab claw, seeds, metal

SB2_0 dans Gal. Alternatives (IT)
Sebastian Buescher brooch - Wood, porcelain, resin, silver, ceramic components – 2007

35277_440687309533_111933119533_5967093_2498616_n dans Gal. Rob Koudijs (NL)
Sebastian Buescher – Brooch

« Jewellery isn’t jewellery to me anymore. That may sound strange and foreign, but the term jewellery has become a theme to me and not a discipline. To understand what I mean, I can only say that the human body, decoration and the traditional function of jewellery do not matter to me in my work. What matters to me is meaning and purpose, creating timeless pieces, which mark times in my own life, capturing emotions, thoughts and ideas. If anything, I endeavour to rebel against tradition, against society’s rigid rules and against the mundane structure of the human world, simply because the way the world works does not work for me.
The themes in my work revolve around several sub-themes. In the past these have involved time, natural history, nature, irony, contradiction and the escape from reality into a world where anything can be what it wants to be and nothing has to conform to society’s rigid rules and regulations. More recently, I have been exploring the invisible energy within second hand objects, natural phenomena, such as ghosts, and the meaning and purpose of myself as a human being. What has surfaced through this exploration is a deeper understanding of the world, a raw layer of reality, which is carefully hidden beneath the surface, invisible to the naked eye. What we see is surely not what we get. Quite on the contrary, what we see is only an illusion and my work attempts to question and taunt these, exposing the fleshy reality beneath.
«  (Sebastian Buescher)

All Sebastian Buescher images at Velvet da Vinci Gallery, All Sebastian Buescher images at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Sebastian Buescher« Encrusterium 9″ Brooch & detail

All Sebastian Buescher images at Velvet da Vinci Gallery, All Sebastian Buescher images at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Sebastian Buescher‘Octocoralia’ Necklace

All Sebastian Buescher images at Velvet da Vinci Gallery, All Sebastian Buescher images at Velvet da Vinci Gallery, All Sebastian Buescher images at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Sebastian Buescher -   ring   —     ‘carnivore’ ring   –   ring

All Sebastian Buescher images at Velvet da Vinci Gallery, All Sebastian Buescher images at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Sebastian Buescher‘the eye’ brooch  — ‘parasite’ 

Sebastian BuescherBrooch ‘The Widow Maker’ 2007 – ceramic, black widow spider egg cases, silver, poison, cork

event_08_redlight_design_sebastian_buescher_02 dans Gal. Velvet da Vinci (US)

Sebastian BuescherRing  – porcelain, crystal, silk thread, agate, amber – 2006


« I weave myself into my work, quite literally, with blood, sweat and tears. Reality is being stripped, layer by layer, bit by bit, deconstructed ruthlessly and indefinitely. What you see is no longer what you get and the pristine exterior is a mere paper mask for the fleshy, raw world that slumbers beneath, waiting to be discovered, waiting to be set free.
Imperfection Please is a state of mind, a concept, and not just a theme for a collection of work. Its core consists of experimentation, venturing into new territory, focusing on the process and not getting disappointed because an expected goal is not achieved. And while perfection aims to be perfect, a dangerous game that is destined to fail, imperfection is freedom, completely and totally, unique and unexpected. It is about doing things differently and not conforming to existing standards. Each jewel becomes a fragile reminder that sometimes we can break, that sometimes we cannot pull ourselves together and that sometimes we feel utterly flawed, totally imperfect, in a world that bombards us with images of perfection.
The work plays with ancient relics, ritualistic jewellery, natural processes and absurdity. This is my formula for making work; it makes me want to work. My fascination with ceramics has also grown on this journey, primarily because it felt like the perfect material for the expression of my imperfect ideas. What intrigues me with this material, in combination with jewellery, is that there is a potential expiration date that can, if the jewel is mishandled, come true quite easily. The wearing becomes a ritual, the ritual of awareness, reminding us that sometimes we can break, and that, if we do break, we need to pick ourselves up again and move beyond it.  » (Sebastian Buescher - « Sebastian Buescher – Imperfection Please » exhibition at Rob Koudijs Gallery, 2007)

SB16_0 dans Sebastian BUESCHER (DE)
Sebastian Buescherbrooch – 2007 – Earthenware, silver, limpets, glass

« What inspires your work?
I would say that the primary reason I make my work is because it engages me in a state of pure creativity. This state is a very pleasurable state that allows me to travel far from the mundane, serious everyday world into a world where anything is possible and nothing has to make sense. I like to imagine that what I make is a form of complete, unnecessary nonsense. My jewellery is not made to be worn and things are taken out of their traditional environment and placed in a surreal and absurd landscape. Often times these pieces exhibit irony and contradiction, resulting in work that tests humour and allows the mind of the viewer to make invisible connections, primarily through the recognition of common and everyday elements.
What sort of materials do you use and why? Do you follow any particular concept?
More recently I have been drawn to second hand materials, lost memories, history and death. There is something about the past that intrigues me completely, a fascination verging almost on obsession. It is not about knowing what happened, but more about the past being so far away and utterly unreachable. I also think that there is a great sadness in the past, not necessarily one based on bad memories, but on the simple fact that the past is buried somewhere within us, coated with numerous layers of experience. These concepts and ideas were explored in my most recent collection, entitled White Limbo. White Limbo is my imaginary place for lost or forgotten things.
There also appears to be a formula in my work. Recently I have come to the conclusion that there are three main ingredients to my work, namely experimentation, material and history. They are all linked and cover common ground, but can also exist separately. Experimentation allows me to play with a material, technique or idea. This act of playing explores possibilities and opportunities. The material can be part of the experimentation, but is also something I hunt for on a regular basis, whether in antique markets, supermarkets, ebay, rivers or forests. Sometimes the material, or object, is complete and I have to do nothing more than use it as it is. Other instances make me dissect the object, looking for something I haven’t seen or something that feels meaningful. A lot of these objects are about history, in other words time and experience. Things from the river have been tumbled and washed for maybe a thousand years, trees have grown over centuries and second hand materials have been used, perhaps stolen, lost or given away. This formula is then applied to my ideas and somehow come together as a piece.
Do you plan your pieces beforehand or is yours a more instinctive type of work?
I do not really plan my pieces, they tend to just happen. I start with an initial idea, like a blur. As I progress, I look at what excites me and what doesn’t. I do not wish to spend my time being bored, I can do that whenever I want. I want to feel a fire within me, pleasure rushing through my veins and anticipation to work. I want to look at the finished piece and be inspired and moved to create more. I can get stuck, I can get bored with a piece and as an artist, I will never be able to see what I am really making, as other people are. What I do know, however, is that this work is my life. It has moved from a hobby to become my livelihood, my passion, my dreams and my desires and this is something I will continue for as long as I will live. » (interview by Alternatives Gallery)

il peut aussi faire ça ………… et là, comment dire, j’accroche moins … surtout « the worm ring » ! :-(

Sebastian Buescher’s conceptual contemporary jewelry…


SHOP online at Alternatives Gallery 


WHITE is WHITE …… Giovanni SICURO essential forms

Classé dans : COUP DE COEUR,Gal. Alternatives (IT),Giovanni SICURO (IT),Italie (IT) — bijoucontemporain @ 1:31

« White is White
C’est comme un soleil
dans le gris du ciel …
(Michel Delpech)
Giovanni Sicurobrooch – Silver, enamel – 2007

WHITE is WHITE ......  Giovanni SICURO essential forms dans COUP DE COEUR SC-2
Giovanni Sicuroearrings – Silver, enamel – 2009

SC_11 dans Gal. Alternatives (IT)
Giovanni Sicuronecklace ‘Bianco’- silver, gold, enamel, Carrara white marble-hollow construction-2009


« To Giovanni Sicuro, the concept of making a piece of jewellery, neither represents the mere necessity of manufacturing a decorative ornament, nor the aim of creating a style in the construction process, but an impelling force that needs to be translated. It is like being overwhelmed by a situation one is experiencing. Jewellery becomes spokesman of his state of mind, thermometer of his feelings. As well as communicating his thoughts, by forging an object he expresses the times we live in. Each and every surface created makes reference to its reason, relates its genesis through form, recalls the necessity for existence. The piece, with its forms, evokes space, the concept of aesthetics gives rise to different interpretations and the concept of making an object links these in the finished piece, that in turn opens new queries. The essential form in itself evokes thought. It is like representing the familiarity of things, in a sort of simple grammar without tinselling. The piece thus narrates the surrounding world and becomes go-between. The choice of colour is merely personal. Sicuro has fun in applying it and evaluating how it looks on the surface. An arbitrary choice that aims to emphasize how any colour can adapt to any surface. The shapes used are by no means ‘convenient’. They are often uncomfortable and not round and inviting, as is usually the case with jewellery that follows market values. The object is rough and ‘secures’ itself to the wearer. It can become a complication, at times even an obstacle.  » (Alternatives Gallery)


Alternatives Gallery at COLLECT 2010 (Saatchi Gallery, London, UK) – 14-17 mai 2010

Alternatives Gallery at Collect 2010

Alternatives Gallery at COLLECT 2010 (Saatchi Gallery, London, UK) - 14-17 mai 2010  dans Adrean BLOOMARD (IT) ALTERNATIVES_COLLECT

Relaunched at the Saatchi Gallery in May 2009, COLLECT has an enviable reputation as a premier, annual fair for contemporary craft. Through its presentation of work from the best international applied artists, COLLECT has become a prestigious event in the international cultural calendar gaining the respect and support of many private collectors, museum curators and galleries.

Represented artists by Alternatives Gallery :
Silvie Altschuler, Canada
Adrean Bloomard, Italy
Diana Dudek, Germany
Maria Rosa Franzin, Italy
Hanna Hedman, Sweden
Mari Ishikawa, Japan
Ute Kolar, Austria
Marie Louise Kristensen, Denmark
Margherita Marchioni, Italy
Sonia Morel, Switzerland
Kazumi Nagano, Japan
Ritsuko Ogura, Japan
Giovanni Sicuro, Italy
Janna Syvänoja, Finland
Michelle Taylor, Australia
Fabrizio Tridenti, Italy
Graziano Visintin, Italy

margherita dans Crafts Council (UK)
Margherita Marchioni


Alternatives Gallery Via D`Ascanio, 19  Roma

seront également présents à COLLECT les galeries :  Ateliers Art de France, Electrum gallery (UK), Flow (UK), Galerie Louise Smit (NL), Galerie Marzee (NL), Galerie RA (NL), etc … (voir listing galeries)


EXPO ‘also known as jewelry’ exposition itinérante – 3-9 mars 2010, Institut Français de Munich (DE) – 25 juin-15 aout 2010 IDAR-OBERSTEIN (DE)

contemporary french jewelry

Idar Oberstein schmuck 2010

Exposition itinérante / touring exhibition
itinéraire et dates :
-Galerie Flow, Londres (UK) 19 mars – 25 avril 2009
-Galerie Alternatives, Rome (Italie) 11 juin – 10 juillet 2009
-Galerie Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco (USA) 16 septembre – 25 octobre 2009
-du 3 au 9 mars 2010,  Institut Français de Munich, salon bleu et salon jaune,
Kaulbachstrasse 13, Munchen – tél 089 28 66 280 – C’est la première fois qu’une telle sélection de bijoux conceptuels français est montrée lors de la Foire-Exposition Schmuck de Munich (programme de Schmuck 2010 sur le site de Klimt02 : )
-Villa Bengel, Idar-Oberstein 2010 - 25 juin – 15 aout 2010

EXPO- Also known as jewellery is a traveling exhibition with 17 artists -

« Contemporary jewelry, in France and abroad, is undergoing a spectacular evolution : in recent years, it has both staked out new territories of experimentation, and claimed a pivotal position between art, design and traditional craft. The title of this exhibition underlines the specificity of contemporary jewelry, and the ambiguity inherent to a craft-based, boundary-pushing practice : the work selected is thus both alien to its tradition, and well versed in its history. The selection for this touring show focused on the work of 17 artists – French, or working in France - who together make a convincing case for the vitality of this rather under-exposed part of the European contemporary jewelry community.

This project is part of the ongoing program by La Garantie, Association for Jewelry, founded in 2007 in Paimpont (France). The purpose of this association is to promote jewelry outside its primary audience of makers, collectors, and gallery owners. The aim is to increase its visibility, and encourage confrontations with amateurs and specialists alike, through various approaches : historical conceptualization, the confrontation of current practices, the promotion and critical analysis of contemporary trends. The diverse backgrounds of the association’s founding members – two makers, two PhDs, one curator – reflects our ambition to establish a self-sufficient cultural `task force´ able to collaborate with both institutional and private partners. » (Merci pour cette présentation à la « Velvet da Vinci » Gallery)

Participating artists : Claire Baloge • Babette Boucher • Brune Boyer-Pellerej • Frédéric Braham • Monika Brugger • Carole Deltenre • Joanne Grimonprez • Sophie Hanagarth • Ulrike Kampfert • Emmanuel Lacoste • Catherine Le Gal • Florence Lehmann • Christophe Marguier • Amandine Meunier • Jana Natier • Nathalie Perret • Maud Traon

Je ne vous communique pas cette information pour l’exposition en soi, mais bien pour ce paragraphe que j’ai souligné en rouge et qui m’a sauté aux yeux : il existe donc en France des gens qui veulent aider au développement et faire connaître la création de bijoux contemporains FRANCAIS !! J’ai été époustouflée, surprise, et … REJOUIE ! Enfin ! cela a le mérite d’être connu et reconnu, dit et diffusé !!
Sophie Hanagarth, 'Goldshit II' BroochEmmanuel Lacoste, 'Langues' Tongue JewelsMonika Brugger, 'Marianne as roberts' Brooch - LOL !!!Florence Lehmann, 'Naissance Bien Tournée' NecklaceAmandine Meunier, 'Roads Never Traveled' Necklace

Carole Deltenre, 'Nymph' BroochesFlorence Lehmann, 'Naissance Neuf Perles' NecklaceFlorence Lehmann, 'Naissance Neuf Perles' Necklace (detail)Nathalie Perret, 'Paliceder' Necklace Brune Boyer-Pellerej, 'Cheminez' Ring

Sophie Hanagarth, ‘Goldshit II’ Brooch  Emmanuel Lacoste, ‘Langues’ Tongue Jewels Monika Brugger, ‘Marianne as roberts’ Brooch – Florence Lehmann, ‘Naissance Bien Tournée’ Necklace  — Amandine Meunier, ‘Roads Never Traveled’ Necklace — Carole Deltenre, ‘Nymph’ Brooches –  Florence Lehmann, ‘Naissance Neuf Perles’ Necklace & detail — Nathalie Perret, ‘Paliceder’ Necklace — Brune Boyer-Pellerej, ‘Cheminez’ Ring


LA GARANTIE – ASSOCIATION POUR LE BIJOU - Objet : organisation d’évènements artistiques, expositions d’art, colloques, festivals, workshops, journée d’études, plates-formes d’échanges, ou toutes autres manifestations à caractère culturel, la rédaction de textes et la production d’objets, l’édition de brochures, catalogues, livres et divers autres ouvrages et objets, la constitution d’un fonds de documents et d’oeuvres, le recueil, la préservation et l’analyse de toutes données (objets, documents, archives, dessins, films et autres supports) relatives à la profession de bijoutier, exploitation de ces données à des fin scientifiques et de mise en valeur de cette profession et de ses produits sous toutes les formes possibles, décloisonner les activités liées au bijou, et non la représentation d’une profession ou de ses acteurs.
Siège social : Le Fourneau, 35380 Paimpont. (déclarée au J.O. en déc. 2007)


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