• RJW - AGC 11-15.10.2022

    RJW - AGC 11-15.10.2022

    Contemporary jewellery


Alternatives gallery, in collaboration with the AGC Contemporary Jewellery Association, is pleased to present the works of 10 international jewellery designers, fruit of the latest artistic research in the field of personal adornment. The exhibition will be hosted from 11.10.2022 to 15.10.2022, at the Alternatives gallery and is an integral part of the project RJW - Rome Jewellery Week, an event aimed at the enhancement and promotion of contemporary artist jewellery.

List of artists: Annarita Bianco, Adrean Bloomard, Corrado De Meo, Maria Rosa Franzin, Mineri Matsuura, Alberto Catalano & Mariangela Murgia, Kazumi Nagano, Liana Pattihis, Yoko Takirai & Pietro Pellitteri, Yiota Vogli

Alternatives Gallery - Kazumi Nagano


Annarita Bianco

As boundaries have been blurred, we have entered Anthropocene, a new geologic epoch wherein humans are actively altering the Earth’s geology and ecosystems. It marks a turning point in the relationship between the human race and nature as we know it.
New elements, specimens, rocks and minerals formed by the agglutination of a mix of molten plastic debris and natural sediments are coming into view as the first effects of this changing natural history.
Could these new formations become our future fossils, as a record of our time here on planet Earth? Could they stand the test of time for millions of years? The 3020 project is a possible scenario that depicts a future 1000 years from now. It tries to imagine how e-waste, the physical debris of the immaterial digital era, interferes in geological processes.

RJW - Annarita Bianco
RJW - Adrean Bloomard

Adrean Bloomard carries out research relative to the study of historical elements that remain constant in time and has explored the potential that objects from the past have of evoking sensations, memories and the consequent impact they have on us. He believes that objects 'belonging' to history are part of our formative experience, representing our cultural DNA.  Through his jewellery, he endeavours to create something that gives the sensation of dating back thousands of years, but also relates to the times we live in.

Adrean Bloomard

Corrado De Meo

Riguardo ai lavori degli ultimi anni, e specialmente quelli recenti, mi piace pensarli come una specie di " Art Small Size", cioè piccoli scenari racchiusi in una cornice dove, nel processo di creazione, focalizzo simbolicamente la mia attenzione su un fotogramma, rappresentando, attraverso un frammento o la rugosità della materia, le mie emozioni. Le forme create possono essere riflessioni sul colore di certi paesaggi toscani all'alba o al tramonto, o le ombre che la luce produce su una superfice ruvida, o la relazione di forme proiettate in uno spazio dove il tempo è sospeso.

RJW - Corrado De Meo
RJW - Maria Rosa Franzin

Maria Rosa Franzin, part of the Padua School movement, remains true to the use of materials that are typical of the jewellery world, such as gold and silver, although these have seen the introduction, in recent years, of resins conferring colour to her pieces. A characteristic of the work is the use of tiny specks of gold on the surface of oxidised or white silver, small fragments that capture the light so as to reveal the beauty and the warmth of their colour. The artist's works often feature a double-layered surface and offer an additional three-dimensional aspect with protruding elements, so as to create an interesting play of shadows.

Maria Rosa Franzin

Mineri Matsuura

This Japanese artist’s inspiration comes from her country’s architecture, art, nature and the influence of Zen Buddhism on its culture. The process that evolves with the chosen medium is actually quite simple, as in the end result the cut plate pieces emerge as if mysteriously into a three-dimensional form. It seems so natural like a metamorphosis of nature, similar to a caterpillar that turns into a butterfly. Every time it gives her a fresh perspective and she is amazed to see the new various forms that are created. The feeling is like a Zen-like reawakening (Nirvana) into a new existence that flows from such a simple process to the finished piece.

RJW - Mineri Matsuura
RJW - Catalano & Murgia

Con la modellazione e la stampa 3D possiamo realizzare oggetti estremamente vari e complessi. Nonostante la premessa sia l’elevato tasso di tecnologia, per noi l’uso del disegno e dell’artigianalità mantiene un ruolo centrale nella fase di concezione dell’idea, nella creazione dei prototipi di studio e nella post-produzione. I nostri progetti partono spesso da forme naturali e organiche. Quello che vogliamo è fissare un fenomeno in una forma in movimento, fluida, che ne esprima il divenire e le sue tensioni interne. Ecco quindi, il creparsi del terreno, il crescere di una pianta, l’azione del vento, la tessitura di un tappeto o l’avvilupparsi di una fune.

Alberto Catalano & Mariangela Murgia

Kazumi Nagano

Kazumi Nagano is an artist reaching back to ancient traditions and reinterpreting these in a contemporary form. Her work is very much influenced by Nihonga, a technique that she studied during her university years. This is a traditional Japanese painting technique involving the use of rock pigments deriving from natural minerals. She makes use of colour as she would in painting, although the techniques to achieve the effect are different. She has developed the weaving together of strands of Japanese paper thread, gold, platinum, bamboo tape, along with nylon thread, to give her pieces suppleness, developing voluminous structures to be worn. Kazumi Nagano conveys delicacy by means of creating soft shapes. Interesting and unexpected effects are produced by transforming the woven material into three-dimensional forms and by the sequence of colour combination, light and shade. The suppleness of the pieces facilitates interrelation with the human body and makes them all the more appealing to touch. Her works are very intuitive and spontaneous. The skilful use of this technique gives a refined quality to the pieces, typical of Japanese art.

RJW - Kazumi Nagano
RJW -  Liana Pattihis

‘To mend my broken heart’, is a collection of jewellery and objects inspired by Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery. Using silver or gold chain, the aim is to embrace the damaged and the imperfect, by highlighting the cracks and missing pieces. The mended flaws become part of the design, offering the object a new identity. Healing the scars of the flawed and the unwanted, the object becomes purposeful and desirable yet again. Drawn to the philosophical interpretation of Kintsugi, that the cracks and seams are merely a symbol of an event that happened in the life of the object, rather than the cause of its destruction, the pieces are reborn, granting the object a lease of a new life. Using a selection of unwanted and damaged wedding gifts and objects collected over the years, a collection of curious, wearable pieces and decorative objects is created, whilst giving the original pieces a unique new identity and function.

Liana Pattihis

Yoko Takirai & Pietro Pellitteri

The jewellery pieces of Yoko Takirai and Pietro Pellitteri are a study and exploration around the concept of space and movement. The inspiration of the work is translated into a geometric space, revealing lightness and elegance. Their creative spirit is expressed in simple forms which evolve from their purity.

RJW - Yoko Takirai & Pietro Pellitteri
RJW - Yiota Vogli

VOGLI The pandemic has created a global crisis that has had a deep impact on the way we perceive our world and our everyday lives. The virus attack has shut down cities and even entire countries. In these challenging times, creativity became, as always, my chosen way-out to maintain mental balance. Having just a few materials available at home, I started cutting, rolling and sticking masking tape pieces together. This became a calming meditative process which brought memories of a life so different compared to what we were suddenly forced to live in. Cutting, rolling, sticking together over and over again, turning like a story teller images, people, emotions, fear, anger, sadness and hope into colorful delicate fragile forms, supported by wired staidly structures, making jewelry stories about the desire and appreciation of simple moments in life.

Yiota Vogli