Joana Santos

Published: 11.11.2021
Joana Santos Joana Santos


Joana Santos is a Portuguese emerging designer of contemporary jewellery. She was born in 1986 in Porto, Portugal. After graduated in architecture, she started to miss handwork - that is more intimate - and also the unrestricted challenge of creation. Curious about jewelry for a long time, in 2013 she finally decided to begin to learn and discover the techniques at Cindor. Using straight lines and playing plans with simple volumetry, Santos' work reveals her past experience with architecture by a deep influence of geometry, but also articulates organic elements, reflecting the connection with art, poetry and life.
Joana's minimalist and geometric work is mostly inspired by architectural shapes, but also in nature and art, contrasting the rationality of the line with delicate techniques and unpredictable detailing. With a degree in architecture, Santos achieved in jewellery the genuine expression of her aesthetic: straight angles and simple planes play with light and shadow exploring three-dimensionality and volumetry.

From the concept to the drawing and from the process to the matter, the jewels growing in her hands are pure. Made in silver, Santos' limited collections combine meticulous and very careful handwork with conceptual research and technical experimentation. All the pieces are exclusive and original, designed and realized by the designer in her studio, in Porto.

About Knit series:
Geometric structure that operates at different levels. Each of its turns form a network, which represents a platform for interaction and communication between elements. This fabric, composed of horizontal and vertical axes, assists in the alignment of cities in the composition of textual elements, in the connection of social relationships. Its strength is in the possibility of doing and undoing, in creating empty spaces, openings and porosities, which reveal and transform into new identities.

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Exhibition  26 Mar 2022 - 22 Apr 2022  Window Project KNIT by Joana Santos.
Exhibition  04 Dec 2021 - 21 Jan 2022  Christmas Exhibition.
Exhibition  22 Sep 2021 - 24 Oct 2021  Enjoia't Awards 2021 shortlisted pieces.
Exhibition  20 Apr 2019 - 21 Apr 2019  Selected Artists and Collectives at Autor 2019.
Exhibition  22 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018  Collectiva Meeting.

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Book:  New Brooches: 400+ Contemporary Jewellery Designs. Estrada, NicolasPromopress:  Barcelona,  2018