For the ninth time the international contemporary jewellery contest GIOIELLI IN FERMENTO – Fermentation in jewellery – was held. This year the theme of the contest is SEARCHING FOR QUALITY. The competition is organised by the city of Castel San Giovanni in cooperation with the Italian Association of Contemporary Jewellery (AGC). Eliana Negroni is the founder and curator of the exhibition.
“My daily horizon is with wineyards covered hill in the Val Tidone valley – red, clayey ground and chalky veins of the Po River in the Piacenza province, the Emilia – Romagna region of Northern Italy. It is a source of inspiration for creative work.”
For the first round of the competition 120 artists applied from all over the world. 50 works that was selected by the jury made the basis of the exhibition and also participated in the competition for the first place. It is a real “fermentation” in the world of jewellery art. The exhibition opening was on May 12 in the villa Braghieri Albesani, in city Castel San Giovanni, Piacenza, Italy.
Villa Braghieti Albesani was built in the 17th century, Baroque style. In 1809, the villa became property of the Criminal Court of Piacenza – Pietro Albesani. In 1905, the villa was bought by the Braghieri family. Carlo Braghieri, a prominent lawyer, willed the property to the municipal authority of Castel San Giovanni in 1971. At the moment the Braghieri villa is a museum and a library.
The source of inspiration for the project comes from the process that is rooted in the wine-making culture. As a metaphor for the fermentation process in wine, when a healthy, living element of nature – grapes turn into another form wine, with another taste, character and value. In the same way, it makes you think about the process of creating contemporary jewellery – turning different materials into a special design, shape and concept – jewellery. Winemakers and jewellery artists use their creativity in order to express themselves and show it in ready-made product.
C2H5OH – winner of Art Gallery PUTTI Award
MARIANTONIETTA DAVOLI, Italy
Materials: gros-grain ribbon, waxed cotton cord, polyester
I clicked wine, fermentation… And I found myself immersed in chemical formulas. I immediately transformed the chemical formula of ethyl alcohol into a three-dimensional model made of textile and cords. I started duplicating the formula into a composition that forms a necklace. My proposal for the ingredients of equality for this project are: the concept, manual skills, constructive technique, color composition, additions of small elements, balance
1st place winner – SHAPE OF THE MOMENT
YASUKO KANNO, Japan
SHAPE OF THE MOMENT
Materials : silver, steel
The appearance is momentary and changes constantly. It’s a temporary and partial reflection of the real entity and the object will never show the same look again. It is frail, ephemeral and imperfect, giving an impression that it could break easily under pressure. However, the momentarily appearance provides hints to approach the object, which allows us not only to know the outer form but also to feel and appreciate the inner truth, richness and satisfaction.
CORRADO DE MEO, Italy
Materials : silver, wood, papier maché, acrylic, paint, oxides, nitro colour
Terroir factor – a combination of things that give wine it’s unique taste, aroma and colour – climate, vineyard location, soil.
ELISABETTA CAROZZI, Italy
Materials : borosilicate glass, silicone plugs, nylon mesh
NATAŠA GRANDOVEC, Slovenia
Materials : silver, gold 22 ct
SARA SHAHAK, Izraēla
Materials : iron, enamel, lacquer, rubber paint, velvet powder, glass paint, miniature glass balls, stainless steel
OBLID MLAKAR, Switzerland / Slovenia
Materials : sterling silver, eucalyptus, seedpods, textile, silk thread
A legend has it, that you can find gold and silver on the leaves of eucalyptus. The truth is, the tree does exact precious metals from the soil, and then releases them through the leaves and the seedpods. In this interpretation of the legend, the eucalyptus crown continues the story with the pods drinking from their silver base. Those who have tasted their offerings understand the real beauty of the crown is in the individual imperfection of its “jewels”.
BARBARA UDERZO, Italy
BLOB RING RUBEDO 2019
Materials : black rhodium silver, various plastics, plastic vampire character with fluorescent teeth (objects trouvés), glass bottle with red liquid, transparent and red glass, transparent yellow glass, token, miniatures, crystal, glass.
ARIEL LAVIAN, Israel
Materials : copper
If you happen to be at Val Tidones region, I recommend visiting the 13th century medieval little ancient village, where sweet, fantastic and tasty restaurant is – Oeangerie Cucina d’Arte, Strada Grintorto, 3 – Grintorto di Agazzano
I am very grateful for the invitation to participate in the jury, to take part in the event and to meet close and lovely people.