Vessels are crypt-like. Matter is unfolding. Vessels occupy space but are hollow. Matter is producing space. Vessels stand still. Matter is flexible, almost fluid, always changing. Vessels contain and can be contained at times. Matter when contained is violated. How intense is the relationship between vessel and matter? What ties them together? Is there a way to interpret these ties?
Among the techniques used, some are repetitive, almost meditative. The energy of the maker is transferred through them to the object made. Cutting, stitching, drilling, hammering-again and again, painting with fire.
Nevertheless, there are other techniques used, that are not obvious. They are traditional jewelry techniques that work silently to bridge the space between vessel and matter and to make the secret grid, the substructure, that will tie them together.
Photographs by Dimitris Gotsis
Niki Stylianou is a Greek jeweler who I meet every year in Barcelona at the JOYA fair where she has participated since 2009. I enjoy seeing the evolution of her work and her experimentation with rubber. Last October she won the 2013 Contemporary Jewellery IV Yearbook Award Arte & Joya with her necklace composed of fragments from rubber gloves. Currently you can see her work at Amaranto Joies in Barcelona where she is showing her exhibition “Matter+Vessels” until March 22nd but also you can see her jewels at the Inhorgenta, the fair that will be celebrated from February 14th to 17th in Munich where she will share a stand with jeweler Maria Tsimpiskaki.
La Niki Stylianou és una joiera grega amb qui em trobo cada any a Barcelona a la fira JOYA on ella participa des del 2009. M’agrada veure l’evolució del seu treball i la seva experimentació amb el cautxú. El passat octubre va guanyar el premi Yearbook IV edició d’Arte & Joya amb el seu collaret fet amb fragments de guants de goma. Actualment podeu veure el seu treball a Amaranto Joies a Barcelona on es mostra la seva exposició ”Matter+Vessels” i que dura fins el 22 de març, però també podreu veure les seves joies a Inhorgenta, la fira que es celebra aquesta setmana del 14 al 17 de febrer a Munic on ella i la joiera Maria Tsimpiskaki compartiran stand.
IV Yearbook Award-Arte & Joya to Niki Stylianou
Finally, I’m really honored to show you these jewels that I received from her last December when we made an exchange. Niki wanted one of my circle necklaces and one of my “Impossible Earrings.” She was very generous sending me three pieces so I know I have to send her one more jewel, but I would like to make something special for her and I will do it soon!
I per acabar és un honor per a mi ensenyar-vos aquestes joies que vaig rebre el passat desembre fruit de l’intercanvi que vàrem fer. La Niki va voler un dels meus collarets de cercles i un parell de les arracades “Impossible Earrings”. Va ser molt generosa enviant-me tres joies i per tant vol dir que li he d’enviar una altra peça, m’agradaria fer alguna cosa especial per a ella i ho faré aviat!
Thanks a lot Niki, good luck in Munich, I wish you all the best!
Moltes gràcies Niki, molt bona sort a Munic, et desitjo el millor!
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