BLING & BLOOM

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BLING & BLOOM

Transparent Waste Revival

 

 

(Materials: vacuum sealed recycled Swarovski crystals/pearls, recycled fabrics and flowers within recycled plastic pouches, recycled acrylic chains)

 

 

 

This collection consists of playful, contemporary necklaces made out of Swarovski crystals and flowers, vacuum sealed within recyclable plastic pouches.

 

Borrowing the aesthetic from traditional colliers and pearl necklaces, the design is a commentary on the current and urgent issue related to packaging plastic waste.

 

The pieces are a continuation series from her graduate collection Transparent Waste, The power of Transformation. During the final year of my degree at Central Saint Martins, Swarovski donated to our course an old stock of pieces and loose gems which could no longer be sold. We got given the task of transforming what we received the way we wanted, although having in mind the main purpose of the project: re-using, giving a second life and repurposing. The theme perfectly fit my main interest and work-ethos. I am in fact interested in the properties of non-precious materials, how to transform and repurpose them. By juxtaposing materials of different monetary values, one can make a commentary upon the society we live in and what deem as ‘worthy’. What do we consider precious? What does value mean? Are there limits to what jewellery can be? These are the questions that most inspire my work, which sits within the context of contemporary jewellery and sustainability.

 

The inspiration for this collection came from the exuberant Netflix series ‘The House of Flowers’ - Jewellery for the Eye and the Soul – created as part of a group exhibition during Munich Jewellery Week 2021.


Bling&Bloom - Transparent Waste Revival is a collection that combines traditional jewellery with packaging waste. The two aesthetics are clashing and at the same time they highlight one another. The collection is made out of four necklace pieces with vacuum sealed Swarovski crystals and dry flowers within recyclable plastic pouches. Each necklace represents a season and a flower with its meaning:

 

SPRING – TULIP (HOPE)

SUMMER – DAHLIA (GRATITUDE)

AUTUMN – BROMELIA (RESILIENCE)

WINTER – TUSSILAGO (WORRIES)

The colourful chains are made out of recycled plastic.

 

This collection wants to draw attention to the major and current issue related to plastic waste. It also invites the wearer to be quite playful with the way the necklaces are worn. In fact, the pouches can be exchanged with someone else or the chain can be removed and one can use a chain they already have with the existing pouch.

So my design proposal encourages us to rethink the idea of jewellery and draws attention to a contemporary issue that affects us all.

 

The collection won the recent AUTOR Media Award at PCOJW 2021:

 

“The art of sustainability with Matilde Mozzanega. Jewellery reborn: a new life for materials with Matilde Mozzanega and her AUTOR winning collection, Bling & Bloom, at this year’s online edition of Precious Collective Jewellery Week”.

 

 

This has been a great opportunity for me to gain exposure within the vibrant AUTOR’s platform. Moreover, the award includes mentoring with the well-known Dan Piersinaru, director and founder of AUTOR contemporary jewellery fair.

 

I have confidence that Jewellery and, broadly, the world of accessory can function as an extremely powerful ‘awareness tool’. We wear jewellery because it distinguishes us and it represents who we are.

 

I believe that all materials are ‘equal’ now: the accent is on the quality of what one does, how the idea is expressed and the reason behind it. It is all about craftsmanship and clarity of an idea.

 

As designers, we have a responsibility for what we put out there in the world. I believe that artists and makers have the power to provoke change through design innovation.

 

I am extremely passionate about my practice and I have a strong interest in the Power that handmade objects have. Especially within a society that is losing track of the meaning of preciousness, craftmanship and its Value. I believe that Jewellery is a great tool that can incarnate the power of making: for both our soul and the society, keeping us grounded and connect with a playful, instinctual and necessary part of ourselves we once knew and then forgot about.

 

 

(Materials: vacuum sealed recycled Swarovski crystals/pearls, recycled fabrics and flowers within recycled plastic pouches, recycled acrylic chains)

January 19 2022