“Gioielli alternativi: ingegno e creatività indossabile”
(“Unconventional Jewels: Wearable Talent and Creativity” )
The exhibition "Unconventional Jewels: Wearable Talent and Creativity", hosted at Abilmente on the
Vicenza fairgrounds, is dedicated to body ornaments testifying to the happy mix between manual skills
and courageous insights gaining their strength from artist’s experiences, preferences and personal
Curated by Nunzia De Feo is organized by associazione Nurò established in Verona, that aims to enhance
The more than one hundred works that will be presented, created by 38 artists from various countries, in their wearability, meet the need, as old as humanity, to create artifacts with which to inevitably communicate fragments of real life stories and for this reason authentic .
As stated by one of the participants, the London based artist-goldsmith Joanne Haywood in her
interesting book "Mixed-media Jewellery", there is no limit to the choice of materials to use. The rings,
bracelets, necklaces, earrings and brooches exhibited are made of ceramic, fiber, yarn, horn, leather,
plastics, metals, wood, resin, silicone, enamels and fabrics, sometimes recycled and used in different
ways to produce innovative solutions. Metal is not one of the preferred choices and is often absent or relegated to a marginal role.
In light of this consideration, the link is evident between this show and Abilmente, place of choice for
fresh and important encounters with materials and experiences and with the objects of the workshops which characterize this fair.
In conclusion, these "unconventional jewels" possess an intriguing and captivating charm, sometimes
as naive as disarming. They are characterized by a narrative or abstract language rich of symbolic or
onceptual references and by a raw, bitter , pungent, or sometimes, by contrast, graceful, kind and
almost childlike aesthetic. They offer rare moments of intellectual and spiritual empathy to visitors. They are "little living worlds" capable of awakening dormant emotions, never suspected inclinations and reflect today's contemporaneity crossed by the incessant demand for vitality and positive zeal.
Next to established artists from the international contemporary world such as the Dutch / Argentinean Luis Acosta, the Italian Corrado De Meo, the English Joanne Haywood and Elizabeht Bone, the Japanese Mikiko Minewaki , appear new recruits who have already drawn the attention of the public, of experts and the press: the young French Marion De la Rue whose porcelain necklace, which will be on display at Abilmente, appeared in Vogue Gioiello May 2013 to end with the English Elizabeth Campbell, Jelka Quintelier, Liz Hamman, the Canadian Louise Perrone, the American beading teacher Aurelio Castano and the Suisse Iulie Usel, all widely acclaimed by the critics of their countries of origin and not only.Acosta Luis (AR/NL), Alvarez Patricia (AR), Alvarez Main Rafael Luis (AR), Bartos Agata (PL), Bone Elizabeth (UK), Busnel Isabelle (UK), Campbell Elizabeth (UK), Castano Aurelio (USA), Cruz Patricia (IT), De Feo Nunzia (IT), Delarue Marion (FR), De Meo Corrado (IT), Del Papa Clara (IT), Esser Suzanne (NL), Girardello Resi (IT), Giusti Laura (AR), Hadass Marianna (UK), Hamman Liz (UK), Haywood Joanne (UK), Isola Paula (AR), Laserbean (UK), Lindblom Paula (SE), Marcenaro Francesca (IT/UK), Martinez Rita (CR/IT), McLean Robyn (UK), Mikiko Minewaki (JP), Mongelli Maria Rosa (AR), Perrone Louise (CA), Quintelier Jelka (UK), Romano Wanda (IT), Swing Kit (UK), Uniqeco (FI ), Usel Iulie (UK), Valencia Stella (CR), Vinci Monica (IT), Violante Iolanda (IT), Woo Seo Jeong (KR), Zucchi Melania (IT)
Associazione Nurò, born in Verona in January 2013, aims to be a driving force in order to promote an
intensive cultural exchange between artists of different nationalities and to allow the general public to accost the interesting world of contemporary jewelry. In its mission hopes collaborations with public and private institutions.
Nunzia De Feo
After having studied goldsmith techniques and improving her knowledge of art and designer jewelry
in different European cities (London, Padova, Salzburg and Vicenza), the artist jewelry designer and
maker Nunzia De Feo created the NDF bijoux brand in 2011 (www.nundefeo.com). Forever fascinated by colors and unusual materials she has always maintained a preference for craftsmanship, innovation and creativity. In 2013, together with other founders, she founded associazione Nurò for which she has curated several exhibitions and workshops on contemporary jewelry.
Haywood, J., 2009. Mixed-media Jewellery: Methods and Techniques (Design and Make). London:
Nunzia De Feo
Translation: Alessandra Gates
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Tutti i giorni orario continuato: 9.30 – 19.00
Intero: € 12,00
Ridotto: € 10,00 ragazzi tra i 13 e i 18 anni,
over 60, gruppi superiori alle 25 persone, preregistrazioni
sul sito della ma-nifestazione e
Ridotto: € 9,00 possessori di carta Famila ed
Emisfero. Una tessera vale per l’ingresso di una persona.
Ingresso gratuito: bambini tra gli 0 e i 12 anni (compresi), disabili e relativi
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