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Lucy SARNEEL (NL) jewelry

Classé dans : COUP DE COEUR,Hollande (NL),Lucy SARNEEL (NL),metal,textile — bijoucontemporain @ 0:16

« To me a jewel represents a place in the world in which one can loose oneself like in the sparkling of a diamond or the careful observation of little plants or moss.
A piece of jewellery invites to contemplate and evokes thoughts and emotions.
The basic idea for my pieces of jewellery derives from daily life experiences, thoughts and wonder in which the notion of time plays an important role. We all try to deal with personal lifetime, historic time and universal time.
I’m challenged by the field of tension between the restricted material space and the unlimited mental and spiritual space of a jewel.
Nature is an important point of reference; the question about the naturalness or artificiality of nature fascinates me and results in forms that remind us of flowers, plants or twigs.  » (Lucy Sarneel)

Lucy SARNEEL - Necklace  Knot 2006Lucy SARNEEL - broche jardinet
Lucy Sarneel – Necklace: Knot 2006 zinc, glass beads, nylon thread
Lucy Sarneel - Brooch: Jardinet 2007 zinc, antique textile on rubber, diamonds, silver (pin)


Une étrange poésie se dégage de ces bijoux en zinc, qui pourraient avoir l’air tristes, ou neutres … non, une douceur … comme une « madeleine » remontée de lointains souvenirs vagues, et doux …. Cela pourrait être froid, le métal, le gris, non, c’est rassurant, comme pourrait l’être un vieux pull, qu’on connait bien et qui nous connait bien …. curieux… et émouvant !
LUCY SARNEEL - broche 'ode to Marken' 2008 zinc, antique glass beads, textile LUCY SARNEEL - necklace 'sous la neige III' 2007 - zinc, antique textile
broche ‘ode to Marken’ 2008 zinc, antique glass beads, antique textile on rubber, nylon thread, photo-etch in zinc
necklace ‘sous la neige III’ 2007 – zinc, antique textile on rubber, paint, onyx, nylon thread
LUCY SARNEEL - necklace 'la double vie' 2009 - zinc, textile on rubber,LUCY SARNEEL - necklace 'souvenir d'1 couvercle' 2007 - zinc, porcelain, nylon thread.jpg
necklace ‘la double vie’ 2009 – zinc, antique textile on rubber, nylon thread, paint
necklace ‘souvenir d’1 couvercle’ 2007 – zinc, porcelain, nylon thread




Classé dans : Amerique Latine,COUP DE COEUR,recup' / recycled,textile,TOTA RECICLADOS (RA) — bijoucontemporain @ 23:06

Tota Reciclados – Marcela Muñiz  & Valeria Hasse

We reuse materials and objects trying not to be nostalgic, to emphasize the mixture, in order to create jewels to be worn. Instead of traditional jewelry techniques we work assembling different elements using wire and threads, closer to the idea of provisory rather than eternal.

This project begun out of the interest of designing and creating new objects from collected, inherited and found objects, in the context of a huge economical crisis in Argentina in December 2001. Working only with material available in the surroundings became the starting point of the creative process, using discarded things to comment on the cultural world where we come from. Recovering and transforming objects into jewels carries many references to this world, through the process of recombining and recontextualizing objects, images, techiques and ideas.

TOTA RECICLADOS (Argentina) dans Amerique Latine schumck

Recycling for us involves notions of assambling, recombining, including chance, serendipity, mistakes, failures, improvisation, fragmentary and hybrid. It expresses the limitation of resources through the creation of new meanings with unlimited posibilities.

As a team of two people working together, we also deal with issues of collaboration and authorship in the creative process, that we see connected with the ideas of assambling, collaging and mixing, so related to our cultural background.

WOW !!! coup de coeur ! explosion de couleurs ! BONHEUR ! :-) ESTUPENDO !!


Tota Reciclados
Costa Rica 4684 taller 5
1414 – Buenos Aires
Telephone: 0054 11 4831 4684


KAPOW WOW – Mia Morikawa, parures textiles

Kapow Wow Objects specializes in handcrafted neckwear. The label produces constructed textile pieces which are exquisitely organic in form and spirit. Inspired by natural structures and emotional landscapes, each piece is a labour of love.

Currently based in Lisbon, Portugal the label was formed in London/2007 by Central St. Martins graduate, Mia Morikawa.// Mia Morikawa, diplomée de la Central St. Martins school à Londres en 2007, est actuellement basée à Lisbonne

« Biff! Bam! KaPow Wow! Mia Morikawa’s quirky neckpieces really pack an avant garde punch. Handcrafted from Mia’s new studio in Lisbon, Portugal, KaPow Wow Objects are futuro Jacobean neck ruffs and elaborate scarves inspired by natural objects such as coral formations and fruit. Being that theatrical neckpieces aren’t necessarily a common accoutrement in our day and age, I wondered what kind of mastermind was behind these beautiful statement accessories. » Would you classify a KaPowWow neckpiece as being an article of clothing or a piece of jewelry? « All KaPow Wow pieces involve constructed textiles…I think of them as little wearable sculptures… Strap on art!! »

Kapow wow collier spaghetti
« spaghetti » necklace – necklace constructed from strips of jersey fabric -(« discovered » recently…. & bought this turquoise one ! :-)

kpKapow Wow Objects - spaghetti necklace
Kapow Wow Objects - spaghetti necklaces

Kapow Wow kapow wow - mia morikawa

kapow wow – Mia Morikawa
« I read that your neckpieces are handcrafted from reclaimed textiles sourced mainly from London thriftstores. Is there a particularly interesting story involving the source of some of your fabrics that you’d be willing to share?  >> The online network, Freecycle, is a really cool and free place where I frequently source materials. I also use scraps from other designers and textile factories and buy fabric in Lisbon shops these days as the demand for KaPow Wow pieces is quite high so I’m finding it harder to use reclaimed materials all the time. » (« PublicPersønae » blog, Mia Morikawa interview)



poor gallery

The struggle of precious with non-precious materials is typical of recent years and has prepared a new way for ‘young contemporary jewelry’. Neither preciousness nor eternal preservation seems to be important to this new breed of arty accessories – with its value lying in its communicative potential. Within the young international jewelry scene, the new arrangement of everyday materials is a sovereign one and provides pieces with a lively expression. in the middle of the 20th century, a large part of society consisted of middle class people, conservative. In their taste and whose ideals were very strong and deeply-rooted, a society little inclined to change its lifestyle or its symbols. Jewelry was often viewed as an emblematic gesture, a sound investment that could be passed down through generations. There was, however, another part of society ready for renovation. Industry and fashion have changed the approach to jewelry by removing its symbolic and ancestral value. In a society, where great importance is given to superficiality, jewelry has been deprived of any cultural value thus limiting its understanding and consequently its distribution. In this context, the pioneers of the contemporary scene, albeit with some difficulty, had a fertile ground to work on.

does it represent what it did in the recent past?
When economy is stagnant, it is obvious that contemporary jewelry is faced with a very difficult challenge. It seems to be a restricted matter, among a rather small group of people and moves in a limited market, for many reasons including the fact that it does not shift a large sums of money. However, it seems the role of jewelry nowadays is not determined by whether the field is restricted, but whether the designers will be able to maintain and develop this specific sector. Often people do not understand why something so minimal and simple, made from materials such as used material, silicone, plastic, glass, and paper, should be so ‘expensive’. For most people, ‘contemporary’ and ‘the use of poor materials’ is equivalent to economic.

so what makes some things valuable and others not?
These contemporary accessories are made of innovation and artistic research. A piece of jewelry is not merely a decorative ornament; it usually has a meaning, which might be a celebration of something, or a loss, it might be very personal, but these meanings can also be universal, recognizable in today’s society. The rigorous monumentality of ‘poor jewelry’ comes alive when it is worn, when the tactile pleasure of the alternative materials comes into play. In the research of innovative materials, the here featured artists’ work is characterized by an empirical approach – solutions are found by direct experimentation.

page 1 : glass, ceramics & stones :

glass- kaste helmi - glass bracelet and rings by  (lives and works in helsinki, finland).jpg porcelain rings by gabriela feldentrager (lives and works in frankfurt, germany)

Kaste HELMI - glass rings (Finland) — Gabriela FELDENTRAGER porcelain rings (Germany)

page 2 : paper, wood & plants :

paper rings by kiwon wang (born in south korea, lives and works in new york, usa)wooden bracelet by terhi tolvanen (born in finland, lives and works in amsterdam, netherlands)

Kiwon WANG paper rings (South Korea/USA)Terhi TOLVANEN wooden bracelet (Finland)

barbara Uderzo - green jewelry
Barbara UDERZO – « green » jewelry

page 3 : metal, plastic & soap :

poor- soda can ring by mason douglas (lives and works in washington, usa)katja korsawe  elastic bands bracelets  (lives and works in dortmund, germany)

Mason DOUGLAS soda can ring (USA)Katja KORSAWE  elastic bands bracelets  (Germany)

page 4 : textiles, rubber & fur :

poor- burnt silk ring and necklace by rita marcangelo (lives and works in rome, italy)rings by burcu buyukunal (lives and works in istanbul, turkey)

Rita MARCANGELO burnt silk ring (Italy)Burcu BUYUKUNAL rings (Turkey)

Il ne nous reste plus qu’à fêter cette créativité !


poor- cork ring  by margarida matos (born in portugal, lives and works in london, uk)

Margarida MATOS cork ring (Portugal/UK)




EXPO ‘Hoar Frost’ – Craft2EU gallery, Hambourg (DE) – 13 Jan 2010 – 6 Mar 2010

 Kathryn Partington -'ethereal' neckpiece 2009 - silver & silk, transfers 2Anke HennigEisschollen 2009 Silver

Kathryn Partington – neckpiece ‘Ethereal’ 2009 – Silver and silk, transfers
Anke Hennig – necklace  ‘Hybrid II’ 2009 Makrolon
 Michaela Kirchner – necklace ‘Eisschollen’ 2009 Silver

*Kathryn Partington produces one-off wearable items of jewellery by utilising her background training within the discipline of tableware ceramics & printed  textiles. She does not leave us with the association of the hoar frost on our skin. She rather conserve it in silver, silk and porcelain with fine patterns. These are applied in various printing and embossing techniques. some of them seems total magic ; it glimmers ever so softly, shimmers delicately and comes across changing just like a changing picture does.

*Anke Hennig combines with her jewellery the colours of winter and icy glitter with her delicate transparency of textile weave, called Monofil. The secret of her invention she keeps all to herself. The rosettes which are made into brooches and earrings are light and precious : a flexible development of the chains, partly because of the secrecy of their technique and at the same time their beauty.

*Michaela Kirchner experiments with tiniest structures, which line up around the neck of the person carrying them as if they were silver-coloured floating ice. Their amorpheus shapes are, melted into tiny glitter sructures which catch the light from all sides and throw back the light, shimmering and prescious.


« Hoar Frost »
craft2eu – agency and gallery for european arts and crafts
Eppendorfer Weg 231
20251 – Hamburg
Telephone: 0049-(0)40-480 928 22/24
Fax: 0049-(0)40-480 928 22/24


zipper jewelry by Kate CUSACK …. zip zip hourra ! …. & Zoé COTLENKO

Kate CUSACK is a Brooklyn based designer creating artistic jewelry pieces that look beyond their material’s given purpose. While Cusack uses the material to make jewelry, you probably know it better as zippers. Yes, that’s right, Cusack uses the functional closure used on your jacket to make bracelets, brooches and necklaces. She has been making things using metal-toothed zippers since 2003. as she points out ‘it’s ironic that most fashion designers try to hide or disguise zippers in their creations. however, I love zippers’ shiny metal teeth and I want to show off, not hide, their sparkle and their sinuous flexibility.’ (thanks to DesignBOOM website ! :-) )

J’aime cet humour, ce détournement, et en même temps je me pose une question avec ce type de bijoux : le problème de la copie ….. on se dit « c’est facile ! », et en ces temps de « DIY » (« do-it-yourself » ou le règne du « c’est moi qui l’A fait »;-) …) tout le monde va tenter de se le faire soi-même (il suffit de voir cette page de OUTsaPOP !!!)….. d’où le problème de « durée de vie » de tels bijoux, voire du créateur ! saura-t-il se renouveler ? évoluer ? cela va avoir du succès, c’est coloré, ludique, facile … mais après ?



SimpleCut zipper necklace Par OutsaPop Trashion DIY fashion sur Etsy

Silviasthink zipper necklace
Zipper necklace by Silviasthink sur Etsy

Etsy ………. le lieu de BEAUCOUP de copie(s) …………… :-(


Cela me fait penser, dans le même « créneau » aux bijoux en boutons -que j’avais adoré!- de Zoé COTLENKO:  j’avais acheté un plastron fabuleux -et tintinnabulant !- en 2002, tout de boutons de nacre teintés à la main, et ses colliers ont été énormément copiés …. depuis, je n’ai plus entendu parler d’elle (bon, ma vie a été assez mouvementée !) et là … devinez quoi !??! je fais une recherche sur elle, pour vous en parler, et… que fait-elle ???!! je vous le donne en mille ????!!!? des bijoux à partir des « tirettes » des zip !!!! le hasard fait bien les choses ! :-) )

Zoe cotlenko boutons 2002zoecotlenko.jpg


Zoé COTLENKO – « MON » plastron (pièce unique) de boutons en nacre (2002)  -  collier « zips » (2009)

Paris-based jewelry artist Zoe Cotlenko uses a simple form (mother of pearl buttons) which she richly alters with color by dying then assembling them


Image de prévisualisation YouTube


EXPO ‘Alternatives of textile jewellery’ – Galerie V & V, Vienne/Wien 24 janv – 9 mars 2010


Vienne (Autriche) du 24 janvier  au  09 mars 2010
Bijoux textile – textile jewelry

EXPO - Alternative textile jewelry

« This exhibition shows a variety of current artistic attitudes, techniques and materials in visual arts that make up textile jewels. Trying to define textile jewels is getting pretty hard but this exhibition has the ambition to give it a try as well as to enhance the development of textile jewellery. … Modern jewellery develops from its originally purely decorative function to an autonomous artistic expression. The jewel turns into a statement of the artist and into an interconnection with the customer.

Nowadays, jewel-makers combine precious and ordinary materials and often use the « soft » material of textile or soften the hard metal by applying textile techniques, by sewing or plaiting etc.

The exhibiting artists converted textile jewels into an artistic expression and thus their works of art can be seen within important collections in museums across the world where you can admire the works of famous artists like Beppe Kessler from the Netherlands, Verena Sieber-Fuchs from Switzerland or Elisabeth Krampe and Ines Schwotzer from Germany. The exhibition also presents the works of the emerging generation with their fresh input and masterful techniques. »  ( Source: Press release)


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Tota Reciclados – « Ugly birds »
Rita Ruivo – (j’ADORE !!!!) 

 dans Beppe KESSLER (NL) dans Blanka SPERKOVA (CS)







Rita RuivoJewellery in silver, velvet, synthetic fabrics, perspex, wrist watch bands, copper and beads



GALERIE V & V,  Vienne (Autriche)
Bauernmarkt 19 1010 Wien
Tel 0043/1/535 63 34
Fax 0043/1/8102121/40


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