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