In September I presented my new jewellery in gallery ‘t Achterhuis in Roermond. My pendant "Take Flight", finalist in the Saul Bell Award, has been the culprit of this new collection. It's still a young series and I have yet to discover what it’s all about, but this is how it started:
Because we were in America for the Saul Bell Award gala we combined it with a holiday in Utah and Arizona. I became impressed by the incredible erosion forces that you see and experience in the Colorado Plateau. It’s a plateau lifted by landslides and eroded by water.
Nowadays you can’t see much water anymore. Only the result of these powerful forces, like in Zion, Antelope and the Grand Canyon. You can see glimpses of that force in my pictures from this trip. Eroded earth under the influence of light show beautiful red and purple hues. Especially in Antelope Canyon.
Back home, I was difficult to start working. Combined with a lot of turmoil in my personal life a creative crisis with total standstill occurred. It seemed like I had to start all over again.
During my trip to Malta in April, where I gave a lecture for the IPCA, I won a large amount of polymer clay. This big stash of Polymer just screamed:
Come play with me! So I did. I experimented freely and introduced colour into my studio where silvery white and yellow gold dominate.
Looking back at the pictures of our America trip, I began to discover shapes. I wanted to capture the patterns that fascinated me. With sketching I investigated it further. The shapes were hidden in light and shadow, the contrast showed me forms.
Mimicking the shapes with polymer was the next step. Slowly idea’s formed and I was following a tread that gave much satisfaction.
With the pressing deadline (the exhibition in ‘t Achterhuis) all the experiments fell into place. A new jewellery line arose from all the work inspired by water grinding and eroding down soil to create new forms.
A new collection called Erosion.