YU HIRAISHI

YU HIRAISHI

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May
25

ABOUT Born in 1948, Yu Hiraishi is a Japanese jeweler and sculptor. She creates jewelry from a sculptor’s point of view. Instead of staying within the usual range of jewelry making, her creative process is supported by the fundamental senses of plastic art, such as material, form and space. It has been conceived in the relationship between nature and structure. POP MINIMALISM Inspired by Minimalism, Yu Hiraishi's jewelry are wearable extensions of the sculptures and installations that made her recognized in Japan. Each object is constructed from three-dimensional elementary shapes to form primary structures whose forms evoke natural elements (leaves, flowers and waves) synthesized up to abstraction.The palette of colors intentionally limited to the primary colors punctuates with pop accents these monochrome structures while intensifying the rhythmic effects of the play of shadow and light. SEE HER WORKS Yu Hiraishi has had solo exhibitions throughout Japan. She participated in SOFA for several years. Her work was recently featured in MAD’s exhibition Elegant Armor: The Art of Jewelry and Beauty in All Things : Japanese Art and Design. She is also part of the MAD’s permanent collection. ARTISTIC STATEMENT       Although metal might appear to lack expressive qualities, it […]

KAREN VANMOL

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May
25

ABOUT Born in Leuven Belgium in 1983. She now lives and works in Antwerp. She grew up in Meldert-Hoegaarden, a small village with 300 residents at that time. Later her move to the closest city in Belgium provided her a major source of inspiration. Titles like Fading Landscape, Evolving Habitat or Cultivate reveal the longlasting influence of this  shift in her life. Starting with her Masterproject (graduated in 2010), she then worked Under Construction at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium.  NATURE VS CULTURE Karen Vanmol’s work is characterized by geometrical shapes, generally in bright colors and mostly in wood. Her latest body of work (AKA#ISeeFaces) breaks with her former inspiration sources and is now following a path into the human psychology. The selection of materials and the improving work are central to her approach. The making process helps her to connect to the proprieties of the materials and guides the conceptual research itself. Another important aspect for the maker is the working by hand. By cutting, filing and sanding exclusively with hand tools, she learns from every piece, and the inspiration for the next one follows inevitably. Since 2012, Karen uses laminates, mostly recycled and/or vintage. […]

WENDY MCALLISTER

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Feb
23

ABOUT STATEMENT FOLLOW HER Wendy McAllister received a BFA in Ceramics from George Washington University and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Jewelry with Honors from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her sculptural enameled jewelry has been exhibited internationally at galleries, art fairs, and museums including KLIMT02 Gallery (Barcelona, Spain), Charon Kransen Arts at SOFA Chicago, SOFA NY, and SOFA Santa Fe, SIERAAD Jewellery Art Fair (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Shanghai Jewelry Design Center (Shanghai, China), the National Ornamental Metal Museum (Memphis, TN), and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design (Charlotte, N.C.,USA). The vibrant exuberance of clashing colors and sensuous forms in the natural world excites me even as I struggle to accept it's impermanence. WebsiteDedicated page on KLIMT02InstagramFacebook

TORE SVENSSON

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Feb
23

ABOUT STATEMENT FOLLOW HIM   Tore Svensson, born 1948 in Alfta, Sweden, studied first at the art-school in Gävle and graduated in 1978 at HDK School of Design and Craft, Gothenburg. From 1989 to 1996, he was a lecturer at HDK and afterwards he worked as a professor for two years at the Jewellery department. His work includes jewellery and objects and is presented in private and public collections as well as in museums and all over the world. He is a recipient of several awards, among others from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and the Herbert Hofmann Prize. II have been working the past 20 years within the geometric field with my jewellery. The projects I work with often stretches over a long period of time. A new project often emerges from an ongoing one. The beginning and the end of a project might be difficult to discern. The series consists of small displacements that changes expression and content. WebsiteExhibition during MJW 2018Dedicated page on KLIMT02

GIGI MARIANI

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Feb
22

ABOUT Born in 1957 in Modena, Italy. In 1983 finishes his apprenticeship at a Goldsmith studio. Opens his own studio in 1985. Awarded in several international competitions between 2011 and 2015, his works can be found in international Museums, Foundations and Private collections. Statement Ihave 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.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. FOLLOW HIMWebsiteInstagramFacebookDedicated page on Klimt02

AURÉLIE GUILLAUME

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Feb
22

FROM ILLUSTRATION TO JEWELLERY Born in Montréal, Québec, in 1990. A French Canadian jeweler, enamelist and illustrator. After completing her diploma at École de Joaillerie de Montréal, she went on to pursue her BFA at NSCAD University where she majored in jewellery design and metalsmithing. Upon graduating, her work was selected as the winner of L.A. Pai Gallery's 12th National student jewellery competition in Canada and was shortlisted for the BKV Prize in Germany. SEE HER WORK Aurélie's work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally throughout North America and Europe and has recently been acquired by the Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles, California, as part of their permanent collection. FOLLOW HERWebsiteInstagramInterview by Bonnie Levine for the AJFArticle by Leah Collins · CBC Arts · January 10, 2018Video by CBC Arts         My work celebrates the history of enamelling and its longstanding tradition of storytelling dating back most notably to the Byzantine era, where enamelling was used to depict religious icons. Using these traditional techniques, my work revives the medium through a contemporary context fuelled by street art, comics, pop art and counter culture. Employing a combination of jewellery techniques and illustration, my work mixes high […]

JOYAS SENSACIONALES COLLECTIVE

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Nov
25

In 2008, I invited former pupils, mainly from Escola Massana to participate in a jewellery project and work together in Taller Perill, founded by Alicia Giráldez, on the same year.The idea was to create a platform, where each creator would find some answers to his questions and not find himself alone in his workshop, without being able to consult anyone.Now, after almost nine years, I have to admit that this project, which I started so timidly, has fulfilled my expectations much more than expected. In 2008 I would have never imagined, that in 2017 we would still be together and with such a strength.Almost half of the artists remains from the beginning, the other half has been changing. Both members who have moved along and those who have stayed have helped the project to become what it is today: a group where the consensus are generosity and good understanding.During all these years, we have learned to look at the work of the other, to know how to criticize or pat him on the back to encourage him. Personal growth of each has always been the main goal. During the first five years, topics related to sensations, such as dangerous, light […]

ÉRIC ANTOINE

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Sep
28

Born in 1974, Éric Antoine is a French self-taught photographer. At the end of adolescence, he becomes passionate with photography and puts all his energy in exploring the possibilities of analog photography along many years of traveling around the world, documenting his adventures and encounters. 15 years and many magazine pages later, his life takes a sudden turn and as most of it was spent in the chaos of cities and the overwhelmed life of a contemporary citizen, facing the complexity of the world, he decides to switch back to something slower and authentic. In 2010, he begins a new life, in the country side, focusing on his new passion: classic photography techniques and mostly wet plate collodion photography. Returning to the origins in order to create a new future is a common process. In his case it meant to center on nature and simple occupations but also going back to the origins of photography itself by using one of the earliest and purest techniques in his now very pictorial artwork. During 5 years and for his latest book « ensemble seul », Eric Antoine created his work exclusively within his house limits, an exclusive continent of artistic investigations, and an island […]

CYNTHIA AYRAL & HECTOR OLGUIN : 1350°C

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Sep
28

The project entitled 1350°C stems from the complicity of Franco-Chilean photographer Hector Olguin and French designer, Cynthia Ayral, in a common reflexion on eroticism.As “Planet walkers”, they aim to confront cultures, combining Japanese and European references: the tradition of cameos and the Shunga (erotic Japanese prints dating from the Edo era, 17th -19th century).A limited edition of three exclusive pieces, this artwork raises questions about the elusive nature of eroticism, which is thought as an intellectual path: the one which leads to desire. Conceived as a complete art object, 1350°C combines different techniques and consists in a case containing nine oval photographs, printed on porcelain. Hector Olguin draws his inspiration from Shunga and particularly from the way pop artists have re-interpreted it in Japan since 1945. He recognizes himself in the exuberance of the represented scenes and in the craziness of the colours. Whether half-fish or half-bird, the body of his models are adorned with scales and shimmering feathers, turning them into fantastic creatures. Here, the desire does not only materializes in a photographic object but in contemporary jewelry pieces. Adopting the traditional shape of the cameos, these oversized oval photographs are free of any contour. In order to liberate […]

JUANJO GARCIA MARTIN

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Jun
21

ABOUT Juanjo Garcia Martin is a Spanish art jeweller. He lives and works in Malaga. His artistic approach combines different disciplines that he has been practicing indinstinctely since an early age: painting, music and art jewellery. CAPTURING THE SPIRIT OF THE CITY A self-taught artist, he is not afraid of experimentation, especially in his search for materials, whose diversity is impressive. His last collection of unique pieces, entitled "Mares de Asfalto" explores the theme of the urban environment: the city of course, but also the worlds it shelters, its buildings, streets, towers, inhabitants, all composing endless strata of colours and parallel stories, crossed by the lines and volumes characteristic of urban architecture. SEE HIS WORKS ? A newcomer to the contemporary jewellery scene, he now regularly participates in group shows and events dedicated to jewellery (Inhorgenta in 2014 in Munich, Talents in 2015 in Frankfurt, Autor in 2017 in Bucharest). He is a regular contributor to the Moments festival and the digital magazine StafMagazine, both dedicated to pop-alternative culture. The gallery will show a selection of his works at the occasion of the "Holy Tools!" exhibition, during edition 2017 of the Paris Design Week. FOLLOW JUANJO GARCIA MARTINWebsiteFacebookInstagram