One of the little pleasures life can give you, is the chance to meet great people with whom you have an immediate affinity. This is what happened when I met Ana Pina and Telma Oliveira, two architects who, just like me, in the past years have been surrendered to the wonders of contemporary jewellery.
They have opened an interesting space in my hometown called TincalLab. Here you can breath the love for contemporary jewellery. It is a workshop, a co-working space for jewellers and a residence for events that are related to art jewellery.
Unfortunately, we do not find this kind of places very often so it is with a great pleasure that today I let you know about this first floor studio which, step by step, is managing to win its place in the jewellery community.
The latest challenge they have organized was entitled: Jewellery and Architecture.
Thirty authors from different corner of the world have accepted it and the result was an exposition with very exciting and one of a kind pieces.
Actually, what I found the most interesting was to see how distinctively the artists faced this challenged. Some used architecture and architects as a reference or inspiration source. You look at their pieces and you might grasp streets, buildings, facades, detail... Consequently, these collection have structure, geometry and very often clean lines.
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Vasia Pachi II Camilla Mileto
Then, it seemed like drawing showed up through jewellery! You find some elements like , for instance, lines, patterns and textures which are played in order to achieve beautiful necklaces, rings, bracelets or earrings. Also, the 3D printing technique is not left behind, showing some of its potential in the production of very exciting work.
Moreover, I found remarkable to see an exposition where next to sterling silver or brass you run into aluminium foam, stainless steel or even polylactide,
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Susana Teixeira II Fernanda Barba
Dovilè Bernadisiuté II Telma Oliveira
Of course that when you put architecture and jewellery together, very often, the scale is challenge. As a result, planfloors and section becoming necklaces or roof tiles becoming part of a brooch,
And then you have the delightful “story tellers”. These collections disclose some of their authors’ dreams, life moments, feelings regarding architecture and its symbolic role. It’s like the jewelers allows you to get a little closer to their inner intimate thoughts about it.
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Teresa e Helena Jané II Marta Herradura
Silver LiningII Mercè Llopis Freixas
I must confess I was really impressed by the pieces presented at this small exhibition and you should definitely take a look at TincalLab's site, to see all the jewellery pieces presented and get to know their authors.
And here is the good news: some these pieces are still available online!!! So just take a look and tempt yourself!