Preziosa Young

Preziosa Young is international competition for young  jewellery artists selected for their individual research and for the originality of their creations. It is organized by the Florence school of jewellery  Le Arti Orafe since 2008.

In 2011 for the competition applied 178 artists (not older than 35 years old) from all over the world.
Among them jury composed of:
Dr. Petra Hölscher - curator of Die Neue Sammlung, Munich, Germany
Dr. Wolfgang Lösche - head of exhibitions and trade, culture and crafts consultancy, Academy of Design, Craft Gallery, Munich, Germany
Dr. Barbara Schmidt head of the Academy for Design in Crafts, Department of Crafts of Upper Bavaria and Munich
Helen Britton – artists, Perth, Australia
Dr. Maria Cristina Bergesio – jewellery historian, Frienze, Italy

selected 8 artist presented at the exhibition.

Dana Hakim  My four guardian angels
The anxiety-ridden condition of mankind today, surrounded by protection of every type because of the constant fear of contamination, is described in the work of Dana Hakim. By making her jewellery from various materials that preserve our daily well-being, the artist reclaims one of jewellery's most ancient functions, the apotropaic. Post-modern versions of the amulet, her works seem to have been created to assuage our anxieties rather than to protect our bodies.


Sam Hamilton  Underpressure
If we stop to look at the people around us at rush hour in a crowded railway or metro station, we generally see tense faces, haste, anxiety and impatience. Sometimes we almost have the sensation that even the slightest gesture or a single word might set off a violent reaction. Sam Hamilton's jewellery works appear as illustrative critics of this creeping tension, "barometers" of a society of primed bombs.


Hanna Hedman
  What you tell is not always what you have experienced
The title and statement by Hanna Hedman unveil the source of inspiration for this series of pieces: the narrative mechanisms, individual forms, created independently without pre-definition, compose the jewellery via a process of stratification and combination, which like a story becomes richer in detail as it is passed down. In some pieces we can trace formal reminders of historical styles of jewellery, which resurface like fleeting memories. The various elements - perforated, engraved, dotted, monochrome - make up a cluster with a spectacular effect that strikes the imagination of the observer and stimulates it to lose itself in the tangle of its narrative.


Lisa Juen  Make you look
In the Globadores brooches by Lisa Juen, the hi-tech impact (LED screen, battery, switch) is combined with a naturalistic representation of plants and insects, with the precise intention of stimulating an ethical reflection on our society of appearances. The enticing promises of the multinationals in the beauty and wellness fields which permeate the media attract and seduce us (like the inviting writings that run across the screen), ensnaring us at the same time in a dangerous net (illustrated by the carnivorous plants and insects) from which it is difficult to escape.


Heejoo Kim  Vitaisign
The leading role in Heejoo Kim's jewellery is played by the slow, silent growth of botanical forms. The budding process, the roughness of the surfaces of plants and flowers, is observed as if through a microscope and transposed into jewellery in which the techniques and materials aim to recreate the impression of the force and vitality of nature.


Seulgi Kwon  Organic cell
Starting from the fascination of cellular life, of its variations in shape and chromatic effects, Seulgi Kwon has created jewellery in silicone which recreates its visual aspect. Organicity is the starting point from which the artist has developed works that attract attention due to their dimensions, shapes and colours, but above all impel you to touch them. The sense of touch takes on a predominant role in these pieces, not just because of the softness of the material used, but above all because of the working of the textures that enliven the surface.


Marie Pendaries
  Codified paradise
The project on display here, developed by Marie Pendaries together with Kepa Karmona, presents an interesting example of political jewellery. The extreme polyhedral nature of the jewellery as a means of non-verbal communication can also become a valid tool for commenting on current society. The chosen material (credit cards) merges with the message and the given shape, and together work extremely effectively to sum up the mysteries of the global economy, the fiscal paradises for the few and the crisis for the many.


Elena Ruebel  Break!
The necklaces by Elena Ruebel are suggestions, a sort of work in progress - the determination of their shape is not predefined, but is instead left to the action of the wearer. Contrary to the custom of maintaining a certain safe distance, of having to safeguard the objects which are on show in exhibitions, museums and fairs, these necklaces are not only there to be handled, but encourage us to make an almost sacrilegious gesture: to break the rigid porcelain bar so as to liberate the object and transform it into a piece of jewellery to wear.




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