Sunday, 23 October 2016

Soft links..

new work development
#artjewellery#conceptual#design#hollow#flexible#shape#playful#chain#translucent#ethereal#

Soft Links @ Eva Fernandez

Soft Links assemblage @ Eva Fernandez

Sunday, 11 September 2016

the searching / the finding

I have come across these interesting paragraphs about 'the searching'/ 'the finding' I feel very identified with! For those who get lost in the searching - like me - sometimes, some useful read:

 Invest – Ela Bauer

There is no need to define yourself every time, let the work tell your story, whatever it is.
It’s great that you make so many discoveries, that is a great richness, but at the same time I think that it would be great if you stuck a bit longer to something you made / discovered. Why won’t you hold on a little bit longer to some work you make and see what more you can discover? Or combine your materials with some unexpected ones? Or treat them differently than usual? I know that you do all those things, but to get deeper into something you really have to give things some time. Invest much more time into the process.

“What should I possibly have to tell you, oh venerable one? Perhaps that you’re searching far too much? That in all that searching, you don’t find the time for finding?”
–  Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

(Found in: https://handshake2.com/2014/05/22/29/)

Inspirational...

Some inspirational images gathered during the summer: manufactured, shapes, odds, folds.






At Galerie Marzee for the International Graduate Show...

It is a honor having been selected for the Marzee International Graduate Show. Lovely opening weekend, amazing gallery and so many talented people! The show will be on until the end of October.






Wednesday, 27 July 2016

plastic bags..

New experiments trying to make the 'Priceous Air' series transparent.

Experimental piece @ Eva Fernandez
Experimental piece @ Eva Fernandez


Sunday, 17 July 2016

about contemporary jewellery

I have come across an interesting view from Maria-Jose Van Den Hout about what is contemporary jewellery:

"I tell them that these artists studied at an art academy and that it is as important a discipline as painting and sculpture. I also show them what, in my view, is the artistic value of each piece. Wearability is an important issue for me; whether it is comfortable to wear the pieces or not is not important. And I tell them about my 3 H's: Head, Hand and Heart. These three should be in balance. Too much head would make the piece only intellectual, conceptual if you like; too much hand would make it just technical and nice; and too much heart would make it sentimental."

I like her view on how there should be a balance between the art, craft and sentimental aspects in jewellery making. In the last two years, I have been questioning myself about where can I place what I do, design? craft? art? and I think I really need the head in what I do, and probably following the head is the heart.

Monday, 4 July 2016

New Designers 2016



An amazing week in New Designers in London. Such a nice atmosphere! I met great people!

I was a bit skeptical about how my work would be received in the fair: conceptual, low value materials, simple and dark… Not quite craft, not quite design, not quite art… I was utterly delighted to see a lot of interest especially from young people who stopped to look, to read, to touch… 

I think I managed to transmit my message and I believe many people feel the same attraction as me for simple gestures taken from the man-made world. Such a rewarding feeling!! Definitively was worth it!!!


New Designers 2016 @ Eva Fernandez


Air Bags, New Designers 2016 @ Eva Fernandez

Thursday, 19 May 2016

'PRICEOUS' AIR



In the current economic system, more and more natural resources are becoming commercial items monopolised by multinational companies. In a hypothetical future, with the increasing levels of air pollution, fresh air could become a lucrative commodity.

My current design work develops around hypothetical containers for commercialised fresh air that people would carry around to satisfy their needs. As so, these containers would be an additional artefact to the human outfit.

The idea for this project emerged from one of my main lines of enquiry, which is the transient state of materials, since I believe that objects come to life through their process of change, evolution and interaction. This quest has compelled me to challenge the ‘when, how and where’ the material transformations take place in order to manufacture movement and transition. My design process relies in the use of a variety of material combinations and emerging digital technologies together with hand fabrication and crafting in order to materialize the life within apparently inert matter.
The story illustrated:


'Pumpous' neck piece, E Fernandez, 2016, photograph Maria Przybylska

'Pumpous' neck piece, E Fernandez, 2016, photograph Maria Przybylska

'Air cushions' neck piece, E Fernandez, 2016, photograph Maria Przybylska

'Life saviour' neck piece, E Fernandez, 2016, photograph Maria Przybylska

'Life saviour' neck piece, E Fernandez, 2016, photograph Maria Przybylska

'Loose fitting' pendant, E Fernandez, 2016, photograph Maria Przybylska
 
'Air bubbles' ring series, E Fernandez, 2016, photograph Maria Przybylska
'Air bag' pendant, E Fernandez, 2016, photograph Maria Przybylska
 
'Quick air release' brooch series, E Fernandez, 2016, photograph Maria Przybylska

'Teddy bear' brooch, E Fernandez, 2016, photograph Maria Przybylska

'Quick air release' brooch series, E Fernandez, 2016, photograph Maria Przybylska


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Thursday, 28 April 2016

photoshoot with Maria Przybylska and Stephanie Gaumond

A couple of snapshots of the photoshoot with Maria Przybylska and Stephanie Gaumond, who helped me to illustrate my story. I really enjoyed my weekend in Belfast!




If you want to know more about them follow the link:

Maria Przybylska

Stephanie Gaumond

reflecting about my concept and motivations

Once I got the confidence from working in small scale, I started working in a larger scale. Bold pieces, simple connections and a strong statement. I don't want to restrain myself by trying to make nice/pretty pieces, I am more interested in the realities my pieces tell. I see the beauty in those realities around us, the man-made world we have chosen to have. Let's just don't use it and dispose of it. Let's try to appreciate it more, make the most of it.

Some snapshots of my air containers. Trying to make the mundane precious without make up or unnecessary accessories. Recently, I went to a talk given by Giovanni Corvaja. He has spent years and years of his life working with gold wire, taking it to the extreme. Amazing skills and dedication. He said he has culminated all those years with a golden cloth. He mentioned that he has devoted so many years of his life to gold for being such a pure and nonperishable/eternal material. I work with plastics and man-made materials. Many man-made materials are non perishable - and in fact that is causing a problem nowadays. So who says that plastics cannot deserve the same treatment?

work in progress @ Eva Fernandez

work in progress @ Eva Fernandez