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Contemporary jewellery helps us think, look and question beyond jewellery, ornamentation, beauty, preciousness... Interview with Pallavi Verma by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 06.05.2022
Pallavi Verma Pallavi Verma
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2022
Pallavi Verma. Brooch: Click - Body Switch, 2016. Pink gold plated silver 925, magnets.. From series: Intimation. Pallavi Verma
Brooch: Click - Body Switch, 2016
Pink gold plated silver 925, magnets.
From series: Intimation
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Intro
I want to spread awareness about contemporary jewellery in India through my work which in turn pushes me to create thought-provoking pieces. This conversation with jewellery is what is becoming more and more deeply rooted in my work over the years.
Tell us about your background. What were your first influences to be creative and become an artist and what has drawn you to contemporary jewellery?
I come from a traditional Indian goldsmith family. Almost everyone in my family I believe is creative. They have been the initial creative influence. As a child I always aspired to do something out of the ordinary. I am fortunate enough to get the support and opportunity to pursue my dream to be an artist.
Attending/studying a year in de! Kunsthumaniora Antwerp helped me question and explore my creativity and then joining Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp really built me as a jewellery artist that I am today.
 

How important is networking for you in your professional practice and what are your preferred tools for this?
Networking is extremely important for me. Talking to people who are in the same or similar field keeps you motivated and helps you to explore new collaborations/opportunities. Also helps you to analyse and get a sense of your own practice. Social Media is a great help in staying connected to what is happening in the world. My go to app is Instagram.
 

What are your general thoughts on the contemporary jewellery world, (education, market, development...), where do you see chances and where are dead ends?
Contemporary jewellery helps us think, look and question beyond jewellery, ornamentation, beauty, preciousness, etc. I was introduced to this art form while I was studying in Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Since then I have seen the contemporary education and market growing year after year.
In India, contemporary jewellery education is a miss but social media has helped a lot in spreading the word. I try introducing contemporary jewellery whenever I get an opportunity. I feel it is important for me to share the knowledge I gained in Europe.
Contemporary jewellery has a lot of potential and more chances are of it to grow than having dead ends. India being a traditional market still I feel there is a lot of chances of contemporary jewellery growing here, it will just take its due course.

 
Thinking about your career, what role do technology and the digital play in your artistic development & communication?
I develop most of my work on a 3D software, Rhino. I find it a fast and easy way to make my imaginations real, communicate my idea, develop, change, go back and forth with the designs as many times as you want. I like keeping myself up to date with the technology. It aids in creating unique designs. I feel it is the need of the hour.
 

How has your work changed over the past few years and what are you excited about these days?
I want to spread awareness about contemporary jewellery in India through my work which in turn pushes me to create thought-provoking pieces. This conversation with jewellery is what is becoming more and more deeply rooted in my work over the years.
 
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