As a follow up to my recent post on DRAFTspace I thought I would highlight some of the wonderful talent that was represented in the recent exhibition Complete Parts.
Below is selected imagery of various participants that highlight the breadth of creativity as each designer realizes their own individual visions.
Driven by her belief in a universal language of shape and form, Toronto jewellery designer Anne Sportun looks to nature for inspiration. Anne translates the subtle beauty of organic asymmetry into her work. The combination of traditional gold-smithing techniques with Anne’s design sensibility brings a sophisticated dichotomy to her pieces. In her work and in her life, she strives to combine the precious with the everyday. Awarded for her excellence in craftsmanship and contemporary design, her work is collected by those who share Anne’s vision.
The concept of Axenoff Jewellery brand is interwined with the jewellery tradition of the 16th-19th centuries. The jewellery collections are inspired by Russian history and culture, especially ballet, opera, the theatre, and fairytales. Petr Axenoff says that jewelry pieces, such as cameo brooches or tiaras dotted with pearls, “reflect everything beautiful that one can find in the classic novels.” The pieces, made of silver and semi-precious stones, are distinguished by their delicacy and beauty of line. For all its historicism, they are not museum relics, but are made to perfectly adorn the life of the modern woman.
Meredith hails from Chicago and the fashion districts of Oak Street and Michigan Avenue from a family that was always involved in fashion. Meredith remembers her mother coordinating charity fashion shows and as a former model, Meredith has always been tied to the fashion industry which combined with her passion for jewelry, was a natural transition into jewelry design. Meredith holds two graduate degrees from Northwestern University (Law and Business), certificates from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
Adha Zelma Jewelry
Adha Zelma is an audacious and distinctly international, jewelry line created by long-time best friends Sheanan Bond and Cherise TrahanMiller. Their design philosophy is centered on an aesthetic nourished with nature, cultural significance and mysticism. The duo has a breadth of inspiration from which they draw: ancient cultures, music, art, design, folklore and the materials they unearth. The studio specializes in working with precious metals, gemstones, Czech beads and exotic materials like tusks, python ribs and stingray. Their hand-crafted, globally inspired adornment lines are a blend of edge and elegance.
Attombri Brend born in Venice in 1987. These self-taught designers create intricate pieces combining metal wire and antique Venetian glass beads. Not only are the designs - ranging from minimalist bracelets to jaw-dropping necklaces - unique; branching out from their antiques-only creations, the brothers have taken to adding custom-made one-off blown glass cameos of their own design into their jewellery. The use of non-nickel metal means that even those with sensitive skin can indulge. Not content with confining themselves to trinkets and baubles, they also produce interior design pieces, including mirrors and lamps.
Bianca Makris is a bespoke handmade luxury fashion jewelry and accessories label. The aesthetic combines the crochet lightness and volume with the chain rock ’n’ roll vibe; the crystal fresh approach with the classic sensibility of pearls and grosgrain for a versatile, stylish and ever-changing statement collection.
Oblik Atelier's creative force Mia Hebib is creating an alliance between fashion and art. Timeless designs are created through synergy between fashion and traditional metalsmithing techniques. Mia's path in jewelry design career started with Liz Claiborne, Henri Bendel, Tory Burch and BCBGeneration and Robert Lee Morris. During all this time she maintained her studio practice and in 2007 she launched her own jewelry line under the name of Oblik Atelier. This jewelry atelier was a response to a need to do more hands on work, in a more intimate environment, and to revisit her fine art roots and connect them to her invaluable experience in the corporate design world.
Seth Papac Jewelry
Seth Papac received his BFA in Jewelry/Metalsmithing in 2004 from the University of Washington and his MFA in Jewelry/Metalsmithing in 2009 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Seth’s work is exhibited and published in Europe as well as the United States. He is the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a Peter S Reed Foundation NY, NY grant as well as the Tobey Devan Lewis Fellowship. His work is included in many prestigious museum and private collections.
Russell Jones formally opened his jewelry studio in 2007, specializing in hand made jewelry incorporating and unusual mix of preciouses and semi precious gemstones. His work has been worn by Dame Helen Mirren, Alisha Keys and Merly Streep and has been featured many magazines including the New York Times, W and Elle. Russell’s work was also included in the internationally acclaimed book, "The New Jewelers" by Olivier Dupon published in 2013 by Thames and Hudson. His work is available in many fine boutiques and jewelry stores across the United States and Puerto Rico.
Osnat Har Noy
Osnat Har Noy is a rising star in the jewelry industry, recently announced "2014 Jewelry Designer of the Year" after winning first place in the 'International Emerging Jewelry Designer' competition hosted by 'MIAMI FASHION WEEK', Osnat Har Noy's Jewelry succeed in capturing urban aesthetics fused and inspired with the rich world of architecture. Miss Har Noy's designs can be found in galleries around the world as well as in Art and Design Museum Shops. Her jewelry won her several excellence awards and been featured in local as well as in international news papers and magazines.