Gigi Mariani, the 2011 Torre Fornello Award and featured in all editions of Gioielli in Fermento, was appointed as Guest Artist for the 2015 Edition of JOYA Art Jewellery Fair and selected for Schmuck 2015
« With my work, I try to transfer every day emotions into contemporary jewellery and unique pieces in a simple, informal and spontaneous way. This allows me to develop new situations and the art appreciators to develop feelings from these situations. My goal is to move from the concept of simple jewellery, to a larger concept of sculpture and art piece. »
Gigi Mariani - 2014 – object-ring (« In my bubble », Silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina)
« I have always been fascinated by the infinite potential that metals offer and the opportunity of transforming their original properties and aspect in order to stretch the scope of what can be achieved.
I avail myself of antique goldsmith techniques that have almost fallen into disuse, such as niello and granulation, personalizing them in order to give my work a distinctive character. I work with precious metals, combining them with other metals such as iron, copper and brass.
I apply niello to the surface of the metal so that it is completely covered. In this way, the preciousness of the metal disappears leaving way to a dark, rough surface. Through the use of heat, I achieve cracks and clots resulting in surfaces that seem battered and ill-treated, resembling ancient relics.
My work is based on spontaneity and instinct. I try to transfer everyday emotions into my jewellery in an impulsive way. This method allows me to develop works that are unique and sculptural. I endeavor to use the same sort of approach as I do when painting and often treat the surface of the metal as a canvas. This instinctive approach is counteracted by the precise, geometric forms that I use, whereby everything seems to be brought back into place. »
Gigi Mariani - ring at Joya Barcelona 2014
Gigi Mariani- « waiting » object-ring – silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina – 2014
Gigi Mariani - « in-my-soul » object-ring – silver, niello, enamel, patina – 2014
Gigi Mariani Rings: Solitaire series Silver, 18kt yellow-red gold, niello, patina – 2013
Gigi Mariani Brooch: Alone in my thougts Silver, 18ktyellow gold, Amber, niello, patina
Gigi Mariani – « sound-of-silence » brooch – silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina
Gigi Mariani - « Variations « - necklace – silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina. 2014