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Jewelry Self-Portraits of Romanian Jewelry Week 3.0 Designers. Part II

Article  /  Artists   Exhibiting   Curating   AlexandraBujenita
Published: 04.10.2022
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Alexandra Bujenita
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Intro
Romanian Jewelry Week 3.0 celebrates contemporary jewelry between the 5th and the 9th of October with exhibitions, conferences, jewelry workshops and fairs and over 190 Romanian and international designers which will exhibit thousands of jewelry pieces. Like every year, Romanian Jewelry Week offers jewelry lovers the opportunity to buy their favorite pieces during the Jewelry Fair  ROJW 3.0 on the 8th and 9th of October at the National Library of Romania.
The designers participating in Romanian Jewelry Week 3.0 shared with us what jewelry can be called a self-portrait and what its significance is.

Is there a self-portrait piece that speaks most about you?


 
Tsagaantsooj Erdenechimeg/ Mongolia
I guess it's a silver brooch. Because when I began my jewelry practice, I made some earrings and the details of these earrings look like it. I am really happy to change my mind and can make contemporary pieces.

Tsagaantsooj Erdenechimeg


Julie Kleom & Maria Gorgon/ Ukraine
Julie: I want to talk about the collection that we are showing now at ROJW, dedicated to Ukraine: 
The first part of the collection by Julie is made of salt. You see a pack of salt that was produced in the Ukrainian city of Artemivsk, which is now destroyed.  Impressions were removed from handmade salt moulds and metal ornaments were cast.  The symbolic image of a woman and other forms resemble artefacts thrown out of the salty sea, just as many Ukrainians have now been thrown out of their native land.  Ukrainian salt became a metaphor and the basis of this collection.


The second part of the collection from Maria: My porcelain jewelry is a reinterpretation of ancient Ukrainian sculptures and forms.  They are like a symbol of strength and indomitability and fragility at the same time.
This piece can best reflect my idea and myself. I always use the skills of fashion design to broaden the limitations of jewelry design, and its pleating and sewing are vividly reflected in this jewelry. I designed it to look different from any angle, including its pattern density and color selection, which is inspired by the changing scenery in Suzhou gardens. It is such irregular form and pattern that can show our unique aesthetic and attitude.


Julie Kleom & Maria Gorgon

 
Yuxi Ji/ China
This piece can best reflect my idea and myself. I always use the skills of fashion design to broaden the limitations of jewelry design, and its pleating and sewing are vividly reflected in this jewelry. I designed it to look different from any angle, including its pattern density and color selection, which is inspired by the changing scenery in Suzhou gardens. It is such irregular form and pattern that can show our unique aesthetic and attitude.

Yuxi Ji
 
 

Youjin Um/ South Korea
Memory is like a kaleidoscope. The landscape is filled with beautiful small stones. My artwork is a form of healing and infusing with fond memories of my childhood. One important clue for understanding my artwork is a remark that a reverie that attracts various memories is like a kaleidoscope that shows different patterns when you shake it.

Youjin Um
 
 
 
Livia Zaharia/ Romania
Sticks and stones. That would be the most recent portrait piece. To be more specific I believe that each piece you design has a tiny bit of self from the creator. Some have more than others. But during a designer's career, there will be more than one such pieces. 
The story with Sticks and stones started with the stone. It is epidote with prehnite in an unprocessed shape. It looks like a floating city atop a small planet. First, it was the challenge of how to fix the stone. It was heavy, I did not want to damage it and it had to tell the story. I had an image in my head of how it was supposed to look and behave. I just knew it had to look in a certain way. 
However, after it was done I couldn't come up with a name. Each piece of mine has a name of its own, like painters name their works. You can't really write a whole paragraph as a name. So I just remembered the old saying-Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. And I realised how fitting it was. The lone city on a floating planet, seemingly frail and lonely but which by its own existence proves its perseverance. And how that is exactly how we as humans should face life. How difficult times may come and go and we shouldn't give up. Also how sticks, stones and bones were already found inherently in the design and are also considered building materials, things that as an architect I interact with. 

Livia Zaharia


 
Valeria Rossini/ Italy
I change abruptly, so I believe there are several pieces that represent different phases of me over time. Right now my self-portrait piece is this ring with rough malachite, because it represents how I’m feeling: calm and able to take all the space I need.

Valeria Rossini

 
 
Valentina Cziko/ Romania
Collection 'Mask - the actual image' is a way of showing the roles I have in my life, the way I integrate them with my values. In this case, the mask is not the cover I use to play new roles nor hide anonymously in the crowd, but rather the kind of mask that actually condenses everything I am - on the surface, visible to anyone. You can see the shapes, the colors that govern my soul and my life, the intricate and the simple, the green of hope and even the signature. The mask is the actual me, translated into metal.
 

Valentina Cziko
 


Teodora Nicut/ Romania
I have literally a self portrait piece I painted on brass. It is an unconventional piece, being as much a miniature oil painting as it is a jewel. Uncommon for both jewelry and painting, but combining the two, I think that defines me.

​Teodora Nicut
 


Roberta Pavone/ Italy
Amore nero (Black love): a private, intimate love towards things that are unconventional or recognized by society.

Roberta Pavone

 

Renata Dragusin/ Romania
Jewelry is like an extension of myself so every piece of jewelry that I create speaks about me and I think a self-portrait piece that speaks most about me is this ring from my collection “Design Mirror of Life - Result as a Parameter of choice”. The ring speaks about our destiny that in our moments of decision is shaped as a reflection of a choice we have made, as in the design of the ring by simply changing a parameter, a line, it will change completely the ending shape. So… let s all give results to this strong aspect…in life as for the design, maybe we ll change some line and some point in our life and will be better too.

Renata Dragusin
 
 
 
>> Read more about Romanian Jewelry Week Designers here.

About the author


Alexandra Bujenita
is the PR manager of Romanian Jewelry Week team, Art developer of Creative team of Imbold Cultural Foundation, Founder Delalu, PR account at Hello Menthol and Acuarela - Bucharest.
 
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