Elli Gioielleria Contemporanea

Elli Gioielleria Contemporanea

Artists & Artisans - Italy

Maria Elena Abbate is a language graduate translator from Ferrara, Italy, who has found her true passion in jewelry making. She turned it into reality in Vicenza, with the aid of fantastic mentors: bench goldsmithing, wax micro sculpture, design and hot enamelling. Her inspiration comes from Art Deco, 1970s design, the oriental world, abstract geometries and textures. Any fragment of her daily life, memories or feelings can take the shape of a jewel in her mind.  

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Passion, creativity, work: the essence of my love for jewelry. I create unique, contemporary pieces made of non-precious or recovered metals, semi-precious stones and other materials (glass, acetate...) combined with freedom of mind, no preconceptions about what is seen as "beautiful" or "perfect" and what people may "like". I make abstract pieces sculpting wax, experimenting shapes and textures, irregular, chiaroscuro surfaces that strike the eye of the observer with their unusual aesthetics. I've been learning techniques from design to finishing, with bold formal and conceptual mixes ... My artistic interests range from Art Deco, modernism, graphics, Venetian jewelry of the mid-twentieth century, to the design of the Seventies and to Eastern art, but I also impress in the metal fragments of everyday life: a lace, a tangle of fabric, a shape using my vintage rolling mill... My next collection will be inspired by the Turkish artist Hülya Özdemir, who struck my imagination with the women she represents in her paintings: modern, colorful and full of personality.