Anna Raimondo from Smith Jewellery and Andrew Putter

Ditto | A Jewellery Exhibition

Anna Raimondo from Smith Jewellery and Andrew Putter

Anna Raimondo from Smith Jewellery and Andrew Putter

 

Curated by Chantal Louw, Ditto is a jewellery exhibition and a very interesting idea from The Fringe Arts. The exhibition celebrates the synergies between art and design. Eight jewellery designers were asked to create works linked to the art world either being inspired by a particular artist’s style or by collaborating with an artist.

 

Chantal says, “At times, without knowledge of each other, artists and designers work in remarkably similar ways. It could be the colours, the shapes or even the emotive aspect of the work that creates this link.”

 

The exhibition runs until Saturday 25 May at The Fringe on Kloof in Cape Town and all the pieces are for sale.

 

The piece above is by Anna Raimondo of Smith Jewellery. She said, “What immediately grabbed me about Andrew Putter’s work, was his mixing of cultures. Andrew combines Europeans from the 1600-1700’s with traditional Mpondoland outfits from the same time period. I have tried to mirror this is my piece – creating a necklace that at first impression looks typically like a 17th Century European jewel but when you take a closer look, you can see I have tried to use only materials that would have been found in Mpondoland at that time.”

 

Emma Atkinson and Lindi Sales

Emma Atkinson and Lindi Sales

 

Emma Atkinson – “The idea for this piece originates from my love of Lindi Sales’ art. This exhibition was the perfect opportunity for me to show my link, as a designer, to the art world whilst having the privilege to frame Lindi’s art in a significant neckpiece. My intention was to echo my thoughts on the artwork by creating a delicate handmade chain, which to me highlights the fragility of her style. Being able to create a place of safe keeping where one can wear an artwork is a passion of mine.”

 

Megan McFall from Starbright Girl and Carla da Cruz

Megan McFall from Starbright Girl and Carla da Cruz

 

Megan McFall from Starbright Girl and Carla da Cruz

Megan McFall from Starbright Girl and Carla da Cruz

 

Megan McFall – “I know Carla well, as we sit near each other at the local I heart market, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to work with her. Our styles are very different, so I thought it would be an interesting exercise to combine them. Luckily we were able to spend some time, over coffee, discussing techniques & styles, which made it much easier. I didn’t necessarily want to mirror the perceived fragility of porcelain & ceramics in my work, but instead looked at the patterning & shapes she likes to work with, and tried to adapt those accordingly.”

 

Caryn Fourie from A Bird Named Frank and Peter Mikael Campbell

Caryn Fourie from A Bird Named Frank and Peter Mikael Campbell

 

Caryn Fourie from A Bird Named Frank and Peter Mikael Campbell

Caryn Fourie from A Bird Named Frank and Peter Mikael Campbell

 

Caryn Fourie – “The connection between our A Bird Named Frank products and Peter’s art did not initially seem apparent, but since we share studio space, tools, techniques and materials, we knew that there must be similarities somewhere, and this project challenged us to find them. Whereas we usually design our products together, I designed these pieces alone, drawing inspiration from the art that surrounds me every day, whilst not wanting to sacrifice the A Bird Named Frank aesthetic.

 

Our mutual appreciation for minimalism, subtle details, similar materials as well as a muted colour pallet was a starting point, but I wanted to capture the essence of Peter’s work. I discovered that it is in the delicate relationship between these variables, as well as the proportions and contrasts of heavy and fragile which somehow creates a feeling of beauty that cannot always be put into words.”

 

 

Gillian Fuller and Colin Payne

Gillian Fuller and Colin Payne

 

Gillian Fuller – “Having seen some of Colin’s work I felt there was a correlation between some of his images and some of my own previous designs. Also although his designs are loosely figurative they lend themselves to abstract interpretations. The themes I picked up on are reflections, repetition, stylized landscape images and colour.”

 

Eon Hoon Jewellery Design and Black Heart Gang

Eon Hoon Jewellery Design and Black Heart Gang

 

Eon Hoon collaborated with the Black Heart Gang to create a necklace for one of their whimsical characters, Burpie, the Mole Bear.

 

Marietjie Beeselaar from Skermunkil and Marli Lyon

Marietjie Beeselaar from Skermunkil and Marli Lyon

 

Marietjie Beeselaar from Skermunkil and Marli Lyon – “F.R.D. Hundertwasser was an Austrian painter with an ideological view of the individual with five skins. 1st the epidermis, 2nd your clothing 3rd mans house, 4th the social environment and 5th the planetary skin. Both the artists share a love for first three skins, the adornments and all things that makes a house a home. The delicate open shapes curved into rings show the 1st skin and is worn as a 2nd skin, which inspired the illustration of the 3rd skin. A home as a nest that filters the creatures which we allow to enter.”

 

Metaxia Sterianos from Metaxia and Rebecca Jones

Metaxia Sterianos from Metaxia and Rebecca Jones

 

Metaxia Sterianos from Metaxia and Rebecca Jones

Metaxia Sterianos from Metaxia and Rebecca Jones

 

Metaxia Sterianos from Metaxia and artist Rebecca Jones both work with delicate yet strong flower pieces.

 

 

 



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