Category Archives: Exhibitions

IN CONVERSATION WITH SERENA HOLM

Jul
07

Invited to participate in the collective exhibition “Sign of the Times”, Serena Holm is one of our guests whose favorite genre is narrative jewelry. Her baroque and complex works never fail to raise questions among visitors, so we wanted to know a little more about her approach and the reasons that led her to choose two of the thorniest paths when it comes to dealing with contemporary art jewelry: narrative genre and precious materials.   > You were born and raised in Italy. Then you decided to move to Sweden to complete your training as a jeweler. What led you to choose Sweden, when Italy has such an incredible history and great schools, when it comes to jewelry making ? I lived in the south of Italy and although there are many manufacturers of gold and silver jewellery it was hard to find a place where to do apprenticeship. When I tried to do that I had just finished upper secondary school and was then too old and had the wrong gender. Traditionally goldsmiths accept only young guys as trainees in their companies.  So instead I decided then to move to Bologna and study art history.   > You studied […]

IN CONVERSATION WITH JO POND

Jun
28

We first discovered the brand new body of work created by British artist Jo Pond last January during a visit to  Vittoria Street Gallery in Birmingham. Entitled “Rationed”, this earnest exhibition is now on show at the gallery (until July 14). It was conceived by Jo Pond as a means to pay tribute to all anonymous women and mothers who, during the Blitz period which started in 1940, nevertheless managed to maintain their family unit. Following the tempo of excerpts from her grandmother’s diaries, Jo Pond composed a series of objects according to a method that is now her signature, consisting in laser cutting recycled tin boxes. Old leathers, tokens, kitchen utensils and many other objects, all dated from this period, complete the raw material of a story, both intimate and universal …   > How did you come up with the idea of the “Rationed” series ? I usually find that having an emotional connection with my subject matter leads me to make the most successful outcomes. “Rationed” stemmed from reading through the diaries of my grandmother. I realised that she had documented the air-raids during the Blitz in London and I was able to research the dates and times which […]

INTERVIEW WITH LISA & SCOTT CYLINDER

Oct
27

On the occasion of the exhibition “TRIPTYCH: Life, Love, Death”, the blog of LA Joaillerie introduces the artists participating in the exhibition. –  Why did you decide to study jewellery design? We met while studying at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. We were both enrolled in the jewellery/metals program. However, individually we were both making small scale sculptures, stylistically quite different from one another. Lisa also studied Fabric and Scott studied Printmaking. We were both drawn in by the scale, intimacy and the materials associated with jewellery. –  According to you, what is the place of jewellery among the other art forms? Jewellery is such a loose term – it can be High Art or subtle decoration. It carries a fascinating history, both as ornament and as a status symbol, which still exists in varying degrees today. The most intriguing part of jewellery for us is that it is portable and intimate. We are also attracted to things that are well crafted, whether they be jewellery, a manufactured object, or a painting. –  What do you think is the role/function of jewellery? The role of jewellery is as a form of expression and exploration of materials and ideas. It […]

INTERVIEW WITH ASAGI MAEDA

Oct
21

On the occasion of the exhibition “TRIPTYCH: Life, Love, Death”, the blog of LA Joaillerie introduces the artists participating in the exhibition. – How and why did you decide to become a jeweler ? My grandfather was farming culture pearls in Ago bay, Japan. My mother started designing jewellery with his cultured pearls and sold them. This became her craft. I grew up surrounded by pearls. So it was quite natural for me to start making jewellery. – What makes your work so singular ? How did you come, so to say, « to put life in boxes »? I think that the figures made of thin gold wires are characteristics of my work. The stories and words engraved on my jewellery also make it different. I grew up in Tokyo. It’s a big city. I used to like watching buildings through the windows of the train and imagining what kind of people were living there and what kind of life was going on inside these buildings. A building is a box. It’s inorganic. Yet people are living inside. I think it’s very interesting. Each building hides so many stories. This is how I came up with this idea of […]

INTERVIEW WITH ROBIN KRANITZKY & KIM OVERSTREET

Oct
06

On the occasion of the exhibition “TRIPTYCH: Life, Love, Death”, the blog of LA Joaillerie introduces the artists participating in the exhibition. – Your work is focused on a single type of jewellery (brooch) often incorporated in free-standing sculptures. Why did you decide to create jewellery (wearable art) anyway when you could have chosen to create art objects ? Does it have something to do with «wearability» ? It started with our history. In 1985 the fashion style was focused on wearing lots of jewelry, especially brooches. At that time we wanted to purchase a kiln for our individual ceramic projects and so began making brooches to raise the funds. The brooches were made of broken jewelry parts, beads, and tiny collected treasures. We created more and more brooches paving the way to our current work. We have pondered the pin clasp several times through the years but have always stuck with the idea of the brooch. There is something appealing about having the option of taking the art object with you, having the body be the ” wall “. Over the years the brooch has become our signature work. – Consequently, would you qualify yourself as artists or art […]

INTERVIEW WITH ZOE ARNOLD

Oct
05

On the occasion of the exhibition “TRIPTYCH: Life, Love, Death”, the blog of LA Joaillerie introduces the artists participating in the exhibition. To open this series of interviews, let’s meet British artist Zoe Arnold. – How/why did you become a jeweller ? How would you qualify yourself: a jeweller designing wearable poetry or a poet making jewelry ? Growing up, I had thought I would become a sculptor, having always preferred contemporary or conceptual sculptures and installations to the flat world of the painting. Even so, I still enjoy art that has some craft skill to it. Something that is well made will always draw my attention and my admiration more than art which is merely made to shock. It is very hard to shock people in the art world today, and the way to stand out is now to have depth and meaning but also some craft to your work. I have always been drawn to detail and smaller scale, so Jewellery was a natural progression. I hesitate to label what I do, since my tastes and way of working changes from year to year… I am sometimes a jeweller, an artist, a poet, a designer. I make what […]

A TOOL-PORTRAIT : JO POND

Sep
27

Throughout the duration of our current exhibition “Holy Tools!“, the blog of LA Joaillerie invites you to discover the artists participating in the exhibition. Through a tool-Portrait, discover their considerations on tools, their views on crafts and handmaking. Born in Chiswick, London, Jo Pond is a British art jeweller. After discovering jewellery making at the Berkshire and Loughborough Colleges of Art & Design, she established her design process some years later during her Masters at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham. Today she lives and works in Staffordshire, where, alongside her practice as a studio jeweler, she is employed as a lecturer at the School of Jewellery. – If you were a tool ? If I were a tool, I’d want to be comfortable, well-designed, possibly have multiple functions, I’d want to be  indispensable. – If you were a gesture ? If I were a gesture I’d be subtle, a smile, an infectious one! – What is your first or most significant memory related to tools ? As a child my parents bought me a stone tumbler. We would collect pebbles from the shore and tumble them for weeks on end, patiently working through the polishing grades. Eventually, the contents would be ready, polished […]

A TOOL-PORTRAIT : CARLA GARCIA DURLAN

Sep
27

Throughout the duration of our current exhibition “Holy Tools!“, the blog of LA Joaillerie invites you to discover the artists participating in the exhibition. Through a tool-Portrait, discover their considerations on tools, their views on crafts and handmaking. Carla Garcia Durlan ’s graphic design degree wasn’t enough so this, combined with the need to work with her hands and exploit her creativity makes her capable of overcoming any artistic obstacle that she comes across. Versatile and fearless, she allows the colourful brushstrokes to clash in her pieces and paintings, revealing boldness and spontaneity that characterises her. A set of coincidences is how she makes jewellery and discovers this world that allows her to unite illustration and painting with new materials, using everything available on her table to invent new techniques and convey her message. – If you were a tool ? I would be a brush. This tool connects me directly to my emotions. I would rather be a large brush, a large brush that leaves a spontaneous and imperfect trace. – If you were a gesture ? I would be a brushstroke , a quick and spontaneous stroke. Nevertheless, these strokes are often thoughtful, or stemming from a long-considered […]

A TOOL-PORTRAIT : MARIA DIEZ SERRAT

Sep
23

Throughout the duration of our current exhibition “Holy Tools!“, the blog of LA Joaillerie invites you to discover the artists participating in the exhibition. Through a tool-Portrait, discover their considerations on tools, their views on crafts and handmaking. An architect, Maria Diez Serrat feels a certain frustration not being able to portray exactly what she was projecting in her work. Therefore, she discovered jewellery, where her hands speak for her, where the spontaneous movements represent her thoughts. A balance is what she is searching for, both in her personal and artistic sides of life. She combines responsibility with fun, while on her path to self-fulfilment, and with a lot of generosity. Her compositions reflect an eagerness to find the harmony in contradictory ideas: chaos and order, light and darkness, the abstract world and figurative world. – If you were a tool ? Obviously I would not be a measuring tool, because I am not a perfectionist. I identify with the hammer for its ability to transform metal very quickly. I often act impulsively and thus want to make quick decisions. – If you were a gesture ? I would be a quick gesture and made under the influence of the […]

A TOOL-PORTRAIT : CLARA NIUBÒ

Sep
23

Throughout the duration of our current exhibition “Holy Tools!“, the blog of LA Joaillerie invites you to discover the artists participating in the exhibition. Through a tool-Portrait, discover their considerations on tools, their views on crafts and handmaking.  Clara Niubò’s experience in product design has taught her that perfection and functionality have to be in every creation. As well as this, her watercolours introduce herself in worlds of brightly coloured stains. A lover of the present moment, she is guided by being in the now as it won’t ever be repeated. So she moves about in this paradise of colour combining the best that the proven disciplines offer and her way of understanding life. Positivity and happiness, colour and adventurous courage are characteristics that come through in her work and can be seen in herself too. – If you were a tool ? I would be a saw, simply because it does allow any turning back. It’s immediate and you can only look forward. You can plan and think before sawing, but you can also be spontaneous. What attracts me to the saw is that at the precise moment when you act, you’re in the «here and now». – If […]