Monday, December 8, 2008

TransArt'08 in La Rectoria (St.Pere de Vilamajor)

Funny ear-rings and bracelets made from the stamps sent by my Japanese friends, this is an homage to all of them!

I will show up in an artists' collective exhibition next week, in a beautiful small village called St.Pere de Vilamajor, near Montseny Natural Park. Local painters, sculptors, ceramists and jewelers will exhibit some of their works in Centre d'Art La Rectoria, which encourages cultural exchanges betweeen contemporary artists.

Organic jewels

A bit later than expected...too many interesting things to do ... I will explain about a very interesting workshop I attended some time ago in Barcelona's Raval : I learn several ancient textile techniques which can be used in jewelery: using natural fibers, palm leaves, tissue bits... The one I loved most is weaving a bracelet with palm tree leaves . This technique comes from North of Africa, most probably from Morocco, from an infant game called "étire-doigts" (Je me demande si mes amies Hasnaa et Fatiha le connaîssent...?).

I highly recommend you to visit the school's web:-

Now I am learning to OXIDIZE and create a patina on metals. A patina is a film or color on an object's surface which appears as a result of use or time. As the natural process requires time, you can change the appearance of metal through chemical products. The color is the result to air exposure and the effect of several particles on the metal surface. If you heat the metal, the oxidation produces wonderful colors. To produce this blue, I put this copper bracelet during several days into a plastic container with a mix of vinegar (1/4) and ammonia liquid (3/4) , to recreate something similar to marine conditions, then I rubbed it with a glass paper and covered it with sawdust hermetically for several days . The result is a vibrant bluish green color.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Therapeutical jewellery

AQUAMARINE gemstone is a beautiful light blue beryl. It is said that aquamarine has soothing and calming properties.. I enjoyed making this necklace for a dear friend.

Sterling silver, aquamarine , cast, hand fabricated

Monday, May 19, 2008

Sawako's beautiful pictures from Japan

Some of my designs, recently photographed by SAWAKO, a Japanese photographer and one of Machiko's friends.
Sterling silver, minerals, embroidered flowers, cast, hand fabricated, soldered

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Casa Amatller

Passeig de Gracia, 41
08007 Barcelona(Spain)

Casa Amatller is one of the most emblematic Modernist buildings in Passeig de Gracia , in Barcelona. It was designed by Puig i Cadafalch. You can find some of my jewels here.

Russian traditional crafts . Cast , silver filigree

A Wonderful Project in JAPAN

My friend Machiko suggested me to show my jewels through her website in Japan. I was delighted with her idea, and that is how we started this amazing adventure together.

One of my dreams is organizing a summer workshop with my friend and my daughter in Tokyo.

Sterling silver, soldered, hand fabricated.