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 1968 in Bolzano, Italy, Gabi Veit is a spoon maker, art-jeweller and graphic designer based in South Tyrol and Switzerland. After studying graphic design in Innsbruck and Venice, she founded her own studio in 1994. She then graduated in jewellery design from the Alchimia School in Florence, in 2011.
– If you were a tool ?
– If you were a gesture ?
– What is your first or most significant memory related to tools ?
The tools for eating were always important for me and the tools for cooking. I remember me as a child in the garden with pots and spoons playing cooking with green tomatoes.
– Which is your favorite tool and why ?
My hands, because they are always there for use and they are so versatile.
– Why did you choose working with your hands (and brain!) and what does it provide you ?
I like to work with my hands and directly with the material. I like to have the result under my control. I’m not so much planning my work, I like playing and to construct my pieces during the making process.
– How do you consider the growing importance of technologies and machines (modelisation, laser, etc) and the vanishing of ancient know-hows? How does this affect your practice or extend your possibilities?
Every tool – and technologies are tools – is providing new possibilities. It’s important to use them with intelligence and inventiveness. It’s never enough to know to use a tool, there must be something behind, something magic, a relevant content.