‘Exupéa’

Earlier this year, I was asked if I was interested in taking part in the ‘FlourishRing‘ Exhibition at Kath Libbert Gallery in Saltsmill, UK. In 2010, I took part in their exhibition ‘IntoFlora‘ and I was very happy to hear that the gallery wanted to feature my work again.

The theme of the exhibition was inspired by the gallery’s 16th anniversary and asked for a ring with exuberant qualities. 100 jewellery makers around the world were asked to take part.

I am more of a brooch-girl, which means I have a preference of making brooches, rather than other forms of jewellery. I have, of course, made a few rings in the past but since it has been quite a while back, I decided to make a new ring for the exhibition.

Working on the ring turned out to be a lot of fun. It was very refreshing to walk new paths and experiment with ring shapes, rather than brooch fittings.

Based on the exuberant topic, I decided to work with a peacock theme. I wanted the ring to show off in every way but doing so with grace and style. I started fiddling around with Chinese fabric knots and peacock feathers but came to the conclusion that the feather is exuberant enough and I found it more intriguing to work with the peacock’s striking colours instead. I have been thinking about reintroducing enamel into my work for quite a while and this seemed the perfect topic for experimenting. I ended up working with different layers of enamel, trying to construct translucent glazes and give it a relief looking surface structure. The ring was completed with a big lavender coloured cubic zirconia stone in the middle, holding a rainbow colour changing LED.

‘Exupéa’, Ring, 2012, stainless steel, enamel, cubic zirconia, LED, battery box, light switch, cable.
Photography: Savinder Bual

The ‘FlourishRing‘ exhibition opened July 12 and will be on show until September 30. Next to ‘FlourishRing‘, there is another exhibtion, ‘Flourish‘, on show, featuring the work of ten international jewellery makers. During the exhibition period, the audience is encouraged to pick their favourite ring and have a picture taken with it. The ring that will have the most ‘likes’ in the end will win a £250 cash price. I will keep fingers crossed for all featured artists! You can have a preview on the rings on the gallery’s website to get a first impression.

If you happen to be in the UK, please go and check it out! The pictures of the exhibition opening looked really intriguing. Please don’t forget to send me a pic once you are there. I would really appreciate it!

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‘Dating Medal’ for ‘Con Decorados’

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to make a piece for an exhibition in Valencia, Spain called ‘Con-Decorados’. The exhibition will be part of a row of shows accompanying the second opening of the ‘Schmuck‘ show from Munich in Valencia. It will be held at the ‘Museo Nacional de Ceramica y de las Artes Suntuarias Gonzalez Marti‘, as part of the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the Jewellery Department at the ‘Escola d’Art i Superior de Disseny de València’ EASD. To mark this anniversary, the school has organised a programme of activities, exhibitions and talks on contemporary jewellery and called the event  ‘MELTING POINT 2012’. ‘Con-Decorados’ will open on the 5th of May at 6pm. To visit the blog accompanying the activities, click here.

The topic of ‘Con-Decorados’ turns around the subject of medals. 23 artists were asked to work with and around the idea of interpreting and creating a medal.

The artists who will participate in this exhibition are:

Peter Bauhuis
Mirei Takeuchi
Sung-Ho Cho
Volker Atrops
Jorge Manilla
Christine Graf
Lisa Juen
Alexander Friedrich
Tabea Reulecke
Rodrigo Acosta
Marie Pendaries
Carlos Pastor
Kepa Karmona
Sarah O´Hana
Kerstin Östberg
Elvira H.Mateu
Edu Tarín
Ramón Puig
Silvia Walz
Grego Garcia
Mauricio Lavayén
Gemma Draper
Mariona Piris
My idea for my medal came from personal experience. I wanted to create a medal that is a witness of our time, a medal that can be worn and used for a purpose of today.
Until I met my partner, I was a single woman in Shanghai for a very long time and I had to learn the hard way that dating can be really hard work that should be awarded a medal! So… here it is, the ‘Dating Medal’.
…and a short explanation:

Modern society does not make it easy to meet one’s ‘better half’. The Internet, Hollywood and the fast pace of a steadily growing throw-away-culture heightens the bars of expectation when it comes to choosing the right partner.

How can one meet this person without having to bend over backwards?

Dating in the mentioned conditions can be really hard work, especially for girls. The ‘Dating Medal’ is to be a helping device for women dating but is also act as a dating award.

The brooch holds two LED screens: one in green and one in red.

The screens are connected to an ON/ON switch, which enables the wearer to decide which of the two screens is going to light up.

In the case of the lady meeting an individual of interest, the green screen can be lit reading:

 ‘Did the sun come out or did you just smile at me?’ 

The sentence can act as an ‘ice-breaker’ leading into a conversation. In the case of the initial chat being a success, the gentleman can take the lady’s contact details written on small paper-strips hanging from the series of brooch-hooks. If he would like to leave his details, he can choose to take one of the plain paper-strips and write down his contact information with the attached pencil. By hanging the written strip back on the hook ‘rewards’ the girl with the possibility of a future date.

In the case of the lady not feeling attracted to an approaching individual, the red screen can be lit reading:

 ‘Save your breath.’

In this case, a lot of drama and heartbreak can be prevented right from the start.

Not just my dating experience was a little rocky but the way of making the brooch was pretty painful too. Just when I was about to finish the brooch, a piece of the bearing broke off. Since the metal part is entirely cut and bent from one piece of stainless steel sheet, I had to remake the entire brooch.

Here are some pictures I took along the way that show the process of making.

Polishing. Even after almost 10 years of making professional jewellery, the contrast of dirty hands and shiny metal still amazes me! It feels great looking like a pig but holding this precious little something in one’s hands!

Before bending.

Wiring.

I hope you like the ‘Dating Medal’ and the journey of its making. If you should be in Valencia around the 5th of May, please feel free to join the exhibition opening. The show will be on until the end of June.

If you can find a chance to go, please take a picture of the piece and send it to me! I would love to see it on display! Enjoy the show!

ProonK Design Jewellery

Here they are, the newest creations from the ProonK studio!

General info:

All ProonK products are made from laser-cut stainless steel that is then hand-assembled and crafted by myself. This process ensures that all jewelry retains its individual character and is therefore a one off design.

 

GLOBALORETTES

The ‘Globalarette’ series introduces LED lights that hide behind the stones to make them illuminate and sparkle. The LED’s can be switched on and off and the battery is changeable. All ‘Globalorettes’ come with a certificate and an individual running number to ensure they are truly unique.

Available CZ stone colours: diamond, honey yellow, fire opal (orange), peridot (light green), pink, garnet (dark red), lavender (light purple), amethyst (dark purple).

Available LED colours: white, yellow, orange, red, green, blue, rainbow (colour change).

Stone and light colour can be individually chosen.

'Busy Lee', Globalorette Series, Brooch. Stainless Steel, CZ, LED, Battery Box, Light Switch, Cable.

'CalRoach', Globalorette Series, Brooch. Stainless Steel, CZ, LED, Battery Box, Light Switch, Cable.

'DoroFly', Globalorette Series, Brooch. Stainless Steel, CZ, LED, Battery Box, Light Switch, Cable.

'LaraBug', Globalorette Series, Brooch. Stainless Steel, CZ, LED, Battery Box, Light Switch, Cable.

'LotLita', Globalorette Series, Brooch. Stainless Steel, CZ, LED, Battery Box, Light Switch, Cable.

'MayBarb', Globalorette Series, Brooch. Stainless Steel, CZ, LED, Battery Box, Light Switch, Cable.

'ScarLab', Globalorette Series, Brooch. Stainless Steel, CZ, LED, Battery Box, Light Switch, Cable.

'TeclAntula', Globalorette Series, Brooch. Stainless Steel, CZ, LED, Battery Box, Light Switch, Cable.

 

SOLITAIRE

The ‘Solitaire’ collection features creations concentrating on stainless steel and Cubic Zirkonia. Choose from various rings, earrings and cufflinks.

Available CZ stone colours: diamond, honey yellow, fire opal (orange), peridot (light green), emerald (dark green), topaz (blue), pink, garnet (dark red), lavender (light purple), amethyst (dark purple), onyx (black).

Stone colours and colour combinations can be individually chosen.

'Solitaire Ring', Solitaire Series, Rings. Stainless Steel, CZ.

'Cluster Ring', Solitaire Series, Ring. Stainless Steel, CZ.

'Clover Ring', Solitaire Series, Ring. Stainless Steel, CZ.

'Solitaire Earrings', Solitaire Series, Earrings. Stainless Steel, CZ, Silver 925.

'Solitaire Cufflinks', Solitaire Series, Cufflinks. Stainless Steel, CZ.

 

PROONK PACKAGING

Each ProonK Jewellery piece comes in its own little box.

Here are two examples: the ‘MeiHua’ Bookmark and the ‘Clover Ring’ packaging.

All designs and graphics have been created by myself.

ProonK 'MeiHua' Bookmark Packaging

ProonK 'MeiHua' Bookmark Packaging

ProonK 'MeiHua' Bookmark Packaging

ProonK 'Clover Ring' Packaging

ProonK 'Clover Ring' Packaging

 

I hope you will enjoy ProonK Jewellery just as much as I do!

If you have any questions or enquiries, please drop me a line.

www.proonk.com, www.lisa-juen.com