Studying Art Jewellery
Studying Art Jewellery in another theme, Morphing, I was working with my collected treasures. There was enough material to use. Some stones didn`t have to be cut, and some I decided to treat. I wanted to change some forms and adapt them as I needed it. For me it is important to make the most with my own hands. So i bought a faceting machine to cut my precious stones. Without any experience I begun to cut and play with the forms, the surface and the polish. It was fascinating to feel the different hardness of the stones, the changing colour when they have been polished. That was the language of the stones, they were communicating with me. I learned to work patiently. I used these first cut stones – mostly agates – in the collection morphing. After my experience with the hardness, I have put them together with soft wool fixing them again with silver components. Opposite materials were the new fascination for me. Smooth-skinned goes with sharp-edged, soft with hard and the intimate colour combinations make the piece live.
After this experience I concentrated myself for the final exam with my self choosen theme Paradiso/Inferno.
„Two units with complementary properties attracting each other. This breathless attention fill two parts of a complex called life on. Tenderness and violence, love and hate, harmony and conflict, birth and death, heaven and hell. The emotional side of my work is based on my personal experiences. Suggestions for the creation of Paradiso / Inferno were my emotional forces, experiences and mental images. Paradiso – Garden of Eden from which we were banished forever, and what we must now create alone. This term, in the old Sumerian “Adina” – Garden means a place that seemed to be fruitful, but the following proved to be infertile. “Chawila” was a land full of gold and precious stones.
Exotic countries to which we nowadays say “Paradise Garden“, or “paradise on earth” contain the fake and false glitter of gold, made by people.
The collection of fruit from the “paradise garden” consists of necklaces, which were created after the submission of my inner pictures. There are mature fruit with vivid colour. What glitters inside is crystal glass, and they smell of essential oils. This fragrant sparkle focuses in the inside of fruit. Lavender, jasmine, rose, lilac, lime, violet, grapefruit, vanilla and blood orange. Each piece in this collection is approaching the perfume with its own shape or colour. The surface is velvety and tempts you to touch. This whole collection of nine scents, colours and reflections from the imaginary paradise garden, faces a collection of nine brooches, which embodies the Inferno.
Inferno – the hell, suffering, the place where demons live, nightmares, fears and phobias. We would best get rid of this all. However, this is not simple because it is inside of us. And life still has special depth, in times we must go through it. To defeat it means to bring it to the surface, to release of it, to unmask it. I have pulled down my fears symbolically from my face. Very often (about 60 repetitions) repeated ritual of external cleaning my face by using a cosmetic mask (which strips the skin from dirt and dead skin) has projected purity to my inner self. It was a trip through the purgatory. At the end an amount of wafer-thin, transparent skins with my facial imprint remained. I have sewn these skins onto silver frames. In these skins (masks) my fears are caught, and I can only defeat them if they become jewellery. I believe in the fact that the fear thereby loses its strength and cannot harm me any more. I have sewed the wounds, but the scars have remained.”
With this work I finished my studying at the Academy. After that I stayed true to nature, and the next small collection was bout Abundance. “My main idea was not to show abundance as a substance that is present in high quantities. It is a concept referring to the relative representation of a species, coral and amber in a particular community, one piece of jewelry. It is measured as the mean number of unique found per sample. It is believed that abundance will come by esoteric handling with candles, crystals and essences. For me is jewellery making abundance enough. Abundance is like a never ending sea of inspiration. There are corals in the sea and golden amber pieces. I combine these in pairs and they perform a jewellery piece for me.”