HRD Awards 2013
Cecilia Antuña Galán (Spain)
One day I saw my 8 months old daughter, Carlota, crying and screaming with her little arms raised to the sky. After a few minutes, I realized what happened: she wanted to catch the moon. I will always remember that night, when the half moon looked particularly bright.
This pendant is inspired on my daughter and her dream to catch the moon. This is my gift to her... I give her the moon...
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Soung Baeck (United States)
My design concept is based on the illusion of gravity, balance and weight-the precarious balance of a sphere resting on an elongated bar. The general assumption is, with two objects in the same material, that the larger form is always heavier. By placing a sphere towards one end of the bar, one predicts that this end will have a greater weight. However,things are not always what they seem. In fact, the balance point is closer to the opposite end. This is accomplished by reducing the thickness of the bar as it approaches the sphere and creating a ball with a hollow core.
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Evi Bakker (Netherlands)
'Once upon a time there was a strange bird, it only appeared in the eveing and no one could ever catch it, I suppose you would like to meet him...'
My inspiration comes from shadowgraphy, the art of performing a story with hand shadows. The contrast between the brightness of the diamonds and the shadow of the ring illustrates the discrepancy, reality and fantasy. Use your imagination and create your own story, a cinema in silhouette.Nothing is what it seems, shadows are everyting you want them to be: this ring can be a bird, a fantastic monster or a jewel. It's up to you.
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Ronaldo Clemente Buensalida (United Arab Emirates)
BELIEVE... DON'T JUST LOOK AT ME but FEEL ME...''
A refreshing nature inspired this contemporary'ring'. My jewellery piece was created through the power of realism and interpretation. Believe it or not, this piece is extremely flat although it surprises by a 3D effect. This illusion is created by means of sensitive, delicate techniques. I created an aquatic world, highlighted by the brilliancy of diamonds. In art, the game of light and shadow can create truly surprising effects and illusions.
Dark and light are the source of illusions and tricks, which are profusely used in the magic realism art expression.
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Soraya Camilo (Brazil)
A creature meanders in deep marine waters, sliding through the fractured surfaces of the ocean floor like a centipede with its uncountable pairs of legs. This marine calcified creature is also an adornment. It is a brooch that unsuspectedly surfaces from the depths of the ocean, like a shell or a seahorse. Millions of years separate the genesis of this creature from its actual being. The evolution of first marine cells, from a simple life form to the most complex of them all. In the birth of mankind lies its true identity: human odontogenesis.
Made of wisdom teeth, my jewel is full of endless details and peculiarities, asymmetric graceful tentacles and twisted forms that defy imagination and confuse the observer. The jewel is an exquisite adornment of unique shapes emerging from human life and coming to light, as lively and unique as a living creature.
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Ma Chao (China)
The inspiration of the first series of Needle and Thread stems from the needle and thread commonly used for sewing in our daily life. Using the diamonds as 'thread', the scene aims to show the effect of skillful sewing. The permutation and combination of diamonds is used to mimic the wearing effect of jeans in the second series of Needle and Thread, for which I found inspiration in the popular 'beggar jeans'.
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Angela Chen (Canada)
The natural world has always been a source of inspiration to me. I recently moved to a new apartment and met my neighbour's big black cat, which likes to wander around the garden. I noticed that every time I'm cooking and I open the door, the cat is sitting in front of my door with its back to me. The 'Kitty Clutch' idea basically comes from this cat, from its round, fluffy back facing me. And each time I wonder what this adorable thing might be doing there. Is she hiding, watching something or maybe eating some delicious food? Is she unhappy? Is she just sleeping there? The clutch mimics the curves of a cat's back, but once you touch it, you realize that the ''fur'' is made of engraved metal. However, from a distance, it looks just like the furry little cat in my backyard.
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Fang Xiu (China)
I once saw the reflection of stars in a bowl of water... Bedazzled by this ephemeral view, I tried to capture it in time. I resuscitated this reflection in my jewel, creating a bowl shaped hand jewel with mirroring inner walls. The centre of the inlay is set with diamonds, so that when you look into the bowl, a myriad of shiny diamonds conquers your senses, just like the stars in the sky.
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Shen Feng (China)
My design features a ring in the shape of a tree, with diamonds growing on its branches. The versatility of the design engenders two different ways of looking at the tree: when static and with its roots pointing downwards, the tree is nothing more than a melancholic trunk. But when turned around and worn as a ring, it comes to life and grows into a mature, robust tree. Trunk or tree, the choice is yours...
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Gunther Graf (Germany)
The magpie has a widely believed tendency to"steal"shiny objects, like jewellery. In my imagination the nest of a magpie must be full of brilliant objects. And since diamonds and silver, one could wonder whether my Magpie nest is a jewel...although it is in fact looking like a nest made of natural materials. Would it then be a nest rather than a jewel? But what about the fact that you can wear this nest on your head, like a fashion accessory? Does my jewel than qualify as a fashion accessory? I don't know.
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Eun Biee Jung (South Korea)
In some East Asian countries, it is said that when a baby is conceived, a dream will advise the mother on the forthcoming event. Those dreams have special characteristics with the symbol of the carp being one of the most distinguished elements. Inspired by this culture, I created a carp shaped jewel that gives birth to itself through a human body.
Leticia Landgraf - Marco Marchese (Brazil)
The optical effect created by the reflection of the diamonds in the dichroic dome accentuates the brightness of the ring. An illusory impression is created, depending on the perspective of the viewer, identical to a trompe-l'oeil effect. Each different light perception generates a different ring.
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Li Tingyu (China)
I was inspired by a puzzle, with its concave pieces fitting their convex complements.
Love is like a puzzle: all the pieces have to fit and no piece can go missing or the picture will never be complete. Likewise, the gate of marriage can only be opened by the right key...
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Danqing Li (China)
A bandage provides protection and support to joints and wounds. I used the metaphor of protection and translated it to a jewel that would offer the same level of security and support. The inner layer of my jewel is made of soft bandages, while the outer layer is hard and robust for maximum support. My jewel creates the illusion of being delicate and soft, whereas it actually provides a strong and sturdy shelter.
Ria Lins (Belgium)
In my work, I try to expose my wonder for human relationships and the adaptability to the diversity of our contemporary society. This jewel represents the difficulty to understand the different aspects of our identity. By searching for identity and personal meaning, we-whether deliberately or not-alter our identity or hide behind many different identities. In the cobweb of our collective memory we all feel connected by culture, faith, fear and family. We are conscious of the fact that we are so much alike yet different. Reality is a mystery... Now you see me, now you don't.
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Tzu-Yu Liu (Taiwan)
Genesis: God told Adam and Eve that they could't eat the fruit. But the tricky snake disguised itself as fruit peel, tempting human beings with its forked tongue. The snake's red eyes symbolize evil, while the different green and yellow coloured layers stand for the natural world. The diamonds embody the perfection and flawlessness of the fruit. I tried to capture the concepts of ''temptation''and ''purity'' using different colours and contrasting gems. The design generates a mixed representation of reality and illusion.
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Xiao Meng Luo (China)
Human beings are both strong and emotional creatures, who erect walls to protect themselves from being hurt. The idea of my design comes from glass cracks. I created these cracks using transparent resin, which I combined with diamonds. One gets the fascinating illusion that he is looking at the ring holder through the glass, while the diamond breaks the wall between the spectator and the holder.
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Yaqin Ni (China)
Maybe a lot of people have had such kind of experience. You have a mistaken identity while you are in a crowd, walking in the wrong way in a strange place, you cannot unlock your door even with no efforts spared. At the moment you are wondering, someone opens the door from the inside, asking: ''Excuse me, who do you want to speak with?''---O, Originally it's not your house. All this kinds of images are where my inspiration came from. Its main body looks like the seedpod of the lotus, including the nozzle, a bunch of pistil left after the lotus falling, the troublesome stem. On the stem there is a red dragonfly. If you stare at it, you will realize that it's a honeycomb instead of the lotus seed. Definitely, all the things form a specific humor and crisis awareness!-----Danger! This red dragonfly mistakenly broke into honey's territory.
I saw a picture about the details of the lotus, the empty holes of the lotus remind me of another multihole object which is a honeycomb. The findings fit with the theme of the game, then I designed my work ''Stray''.
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Shenbagaraman Pillai (India)
Nature encompasses the best of creation and reveals itself in magnificence and finesse. The rhythmic arrangement of elements, the flexibility and strength revealed by the human vertebrae bears similitude with the fluidity of a snake's movement. This intricate engineering of the spine kindled my interest and inspired me to design this unique body ornament titled ''Serpent''. Fabricated using a combination of gold, silver, round brilliant cut diamonds and coloured stones, this piece of jewellery is stunning in its design and construction. A fascinating illusion of visual dynamics-is this a snake or a backbone? Feel it for yourself...
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Christine Ramel (Sweden)
When I graduated from school, I had a class mate who liked to perform magic tricks. This wonderful summer day, we got our diplomas in the schoolyard and when my classmate went to get his diploma, he turned around and opened his hands, releasing white doves into the sky.
I love butterflies. When I was a kid, I used to help my father, who is a biologist, to catch them. Both events have fuelled my inspiration: I tried to capture the magic of butterflies coming from nowhere and flying away. If you turn the ring around, the butterflies seem to be flying out of your hands. The pin can be worn anywhere you want. It symbolizes the freed butterflies.
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Andreia Salvan Pagnan (Brazil)
The necklace-shaped wings made of polymer reference the female metamorphosis seeking their freedom. The piece rests on the back as if it were tattooed on a woman's body. As if the desired freedom was recorded in the woman who wears the jewellery. The drawing shows a woman looking in the mirror, a reference to the work of Salvador Dali: Women in the mirror, contemplating the invisible mirror. The painter explores the surrealism to show the relationship between man and the universe in which he lives. When she looks in the mirror, the woman sees her own freedom in a immense natural setting which crosses her body. I used polymer as material for the piece because of its light weight, which underscores the concept of freedom. Furthermore, polymer is a material that adjusts well to organic curves because it is a very malleable material. The black color of the polymer symbolizes the mark or impression on the body, like tattoos. The diamonds represent the beauty after the metamorphosis. Curved lines are used inside the wings to represent the structures of butterfly wings, which are invisible. This symbolizes the transparency of the human being.
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Gabri Schumacher (Netherlands)
Abundantly present, the diamonds claim their presence in every part of the jewel.
They are elegantly disposed all along the collar, which is inspired by the ruff collars worn in the Dutch Golden Age. As nothing is what it seems, when you zoom in on the collar, you discover that it is not only a collar but a repetition of ballerinas, each of one balancing a diamond in the palm of their hands.
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Eun Ji Shim (South Korea)
The scarf is a stylish accessory that ties up the outfit. Like a diamond necklace, it underscores the natural beauty of a woman. I created a design that combines a scarf with a diamond necklace without compromising. At the same time, I wanted my scarf to be a practical accessory that offers protection against harsh weather conditions. Therefore, I used pure silk. The warm, soft and glossy silk provides a delicate protection against any weather condition. As a challenge to gravity, its delicacy compensates for the weightiness of the diamond necklace.
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Paola Strammiello (Italy)
'Magic Mushroom' is a sensory ring that tricks our sight. Just like in Wonderland, reality seems to be the result of a hallucination triggered by a mushroom! Based on the physical law of two mirrored parabolas, the diamond located inside the jewel is revealed only in the form of a mirage if viewed through certain angles.The real diamond is hidden and can only be viezed by a careful observer when viewed at a certain angle, thanks to a complex game of mirrors. In this trompe-l'oeil jewel, what is visible is not real and what is real is not visible. Just like the magical inner world of every dreamer!
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Anouck Van Puyvelde (Belgium)
Our mind is playing tricks on us. Our sense of reality is based on what we see and what we process in our mind. Illusion is a distortion of the sense. While illusions distort reality, they are however commonly shared by most people. For example: what defines a pearl necklace? Is it the shape, or the pearls, or...? If I tell you this is a pearl necklace, why wouldn't it be?
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Wan Hei Tung (Hong Kong S.A.R., China)
A Vase? was inspired by the typical features of a Chinese vase. However...the shape and appearance of the jewel fools one into assuming it is a vase, but when looking closer, one discovers the object is in fact broken up into bracelets, chokers and earrings. The illusion of the vase makes way for a brilliant jewellery collection.
Bone china is a rare material which reflects one's social status and power.
Its sophisticated translucency symbolizes the pureness and elegance of ladies. This graciousness is reinforced by the combination of bone china and diamonds.
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Xiaomeiwang Wang (China)
I was inspired by the iciness of frost during wintertime. Fascinated by the magic ice pattern on the surface of the windows in the moring, I tried to capture this in my jewel. Like feathers, grass, trees or flowers, the ice patterns look lively and beautiful, sparkling like a diamond. Gradually warming up in the sunshine, the glittering and translucent ice slowly melts, dissolving the beautiful diamonds.
I made a jewel with an icy and snowy texture, gradually melting, confusing the eye.
The jewel is wrapped around the neck and covers the shoulder, evocating snow covered trees, rivers and land. When spring returns to the good earth, birds sing, glaciers melt, and life is back.
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Wu Chengman (China)
Trees grow, using carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. They only need sunlight and water to spread their roots and grow well-built trunks. Tree roots like the blood vessels in our hands, which are connected to our heart. As our heart pumps, the blood carries essential nutrients to our body. Just like a tree, our body comes to life and becomes stronger.
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Haofang Zheng (China)
In this troubled world, people prefer to be cloaked in disingennuity and disguise their true nature. Now, let us put away the human hypocrisy, leave the flash soul and reveal the true spirit. Like a zipper, the necklace I created ''unzips''the true nature of the soul.
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Yi Yuan (China)
My design is inspired by a natural scene in which young birds are spreading their wings to leave their nests. At first, only one piece of feather comes into view. In a moment, a flock of birds appear and fly afar. Human beings have similar experiences.
Babbling kids are cautiously raised and educated by their parents until they become adults. Then they leave home for distant places to start a new, independent life.
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