Sabina Dragusanu

Published: 18.06.2021

Born in Piatra Neamt, Romania, Sabina Dragusanu started making jewellery when she was only 12 years old, and what started as a hobby, soon became a passion. She moved to London in 2014 to study jewellery, and graduated from Central Saint Martins, UAL, in 2017 with a BA Hons) in Jewellery Design. Her graduate collection ‘Contemporary Embroidery’ was awarded ‘Best Design’ by Theo Fennell and was selected to take part in the ‘Marzee International Graduate Show 2017’. Sabina’s craftsmanship turns away from conventional jewellery materials. Highly passionate about nature, her work shows the different ways in which she tries to express that.
​Being an avid nature lover, my biggest nightmare is currently a reality: pollution, environmental emergency, bush fires. There are different types of pollution and different degrees to what we can control, but I believe that we can do more than we think. I am making changes in my lifestyle every day and hope that every little thing builds up to something bigger. I express that in my works and I try to encourage others to take more action as well. Lately, I’ve been exploring the different ways of upcycling plastic; there is so much of it that goes into the ‘recycling’ bin and ends up being sent to a landfill somewhere in Asia. I believe that we need to use more of what we have and create less of what we don’t have.

(In)organic Growth (collection, 2021)
This collection aims to show the beauty of irregularities. Deeply inspired by the organic ways in which nature takes shape, I began without any prior planning or templates. I’ve let my instincts take complete control over the creation process, which resulted in a collection of unique, organic shapes that can adorn the human body. As plastic takes over nature more every day, I believe that we take for granted the natural surroundings and tend to overlook the threat of pollution. My hope is that, through my work, I can show the absolute significance that the natural environment has and help encourage others to do more in order to improve the state that it is currently in.

WOULD YOU LIKE A BAG? (collection, 2020)
Plastic bags - they are everywhere. We’re used to seeing them around, to using them, they are something common to our everyday lives. A cheap object that is useful for a certain amount of time, that can be easily discarded - they’re nothing precious. We’re also used to seeing them flying around, getting carried away by the wind, overflowing from our bins, laying around on the ground - nothing out of the ordinary. They’re someone else's problem to solve, to discard of, to recycle. Someone else has to deal with them, not us. Or is it?

The main source of debris pollution in the ocean, the bags’ toxic elements are harmful to marine wildlife. They are taking over our planet, and only we can change that. Making the classic plastic bags obsolete is in everyone’s hands. They are choking wild animals, they fill their stomachs, they even fill ours! If we keep turning a blind eye to the problem, soon it will be too late.  

What will the environment look like in the near future?

NEIGHBOURHOOD LINKS (collection, 2020)
Neighbourhood Links is a material based collection, continuing on the theme of plastic upcycling (which I have been using in my latest collections).

When lockdown came along, coincidentally, it was also the time when I ran out of plastic bags! Having stopped buying them, the stash I had gathered had finished, so with the help of my local community website, I started to ask my neighbours. I was pleasantly surprised to see people responding so positively to my request of taking away their ‘bag of bags’ (that I think we are all familiar with).

Just before lockdown, around January, I started to take an interest in knitting, and that gave me the idea of turning plastic bags into yarn. While I am aware that it is not a revolutionary idea and that it has been done before, my take on it is original and goes further than cutting strips and making shopping bags or pouches.

The concept of crocheting the shapes into links plays with the idea of people coming together and helping each other through hard times. Seeing my community in the South West of London being mindful of others and trying to lend a hand where they could, has left me quite impressed. Even helping me with my request for collecting plastic bags, shows people’s willingness to be there for others when they can.

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Award  09 Mar 2022 - 13 Mar 2022  Talente Competition 2022.
Award  10 Mar 2021 - 14 Mar 2021  CANCELED / Talente Competition 2021.
Exhibition  30 Nov 2020 - 06 Jan 2021  Special Christmas sale at Joya Barcelona.
Exhibition  11 Oct 2020 - 11 Oct 2020  Fashion Week Brooklyn.
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Exhibition  03 Oct 2020 - 11 Oct 2020  Venice Design Week.
Venice, Italy.
Fair  22 Sep 2020 - 27 Sep 2020  Romanian Jewelry Week 1.0.
Fair  19 Sep 2020 - 29 Nov 2020  JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects Fair 2020.
Exhibition  19 Sep 2020 - 29 Nov 2020  JEWELS ON SALE at JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2020.
Exhibition  21 Sep 2019 - 31 Oct 2019  Collectiva Meeting 2019.
Porto, Portugal.
Fair  20 Apr 2019 - 21 Apr 2019  Autor 2019.
Exhibition  13 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2019  Frame Selected Galleries at Handwerk & Design 2019 in Munich.
Represented by Galerie Marzee.
Fair  28 Feb 2019 - 03 Mar 2019  Collect 2019.
Represented by Galerie Marzee. Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
Fair  06 Feb 2019 - 10 Feb 2019  Qade Art Fair.
Represented by Galerie Marzee. Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Fair  04 Oct 2018 - 06 Oct 2018  JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects Fair 2018.
Fair  05 May 2018 - 06 May 2018  Autor 2018.
Fair  22 Feb 2018 - 25 Feb 2018  Collect 2018.
Represented by Galerie Marzee. Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
Fair  07 Feb 2018 - 11 Feb 2018  Qade Art Fair 2018.
Represented by Galerie Marzee. Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Exhibition  06 Nov 2017 - 18 Jan 2021  Marzee for Starters.
Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Netherlands.
Exhibition  16 Sep 2017 - 20 Sep 2017  Gilded Youth Project.
Theo Fennell flagship store, London, United Kingdom.
Exhibition  20 Aug 2017 - 25 Oct 2017  Marzee International Graduate Show 2017.
Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Netherlands.