GSA Year 3
(...) Design and make a unique piece of jewellery, which fully exploits the qualities of 18ct Yellow Gold. No additional materials will be allowed. (...) As well as being supplied with the stated quantity of gold, you will also receive the same dimensions in silver. You should use this to make up your design in silver first. (...)
I have always considered fine art to be very inspiring, yet so far I didn't properly use it in any of my projects. I have noticed that majority of people is looking at paintings as if they were the final outcomes. Like if the painting was the end of the process. To me, it can be just the beginning of an artistic journey. In this project, I aimed for making the life of a painting longer. To get inspired by it, add my own thoughts and to make a wearable version which would relate to the original without copying it.
After a long research, I have decided to interpret a work of Polish painter, Józef Chełmoński: "Odlot Żurawi" ("The Departure of Cranes"). I love the ambient of the painting and I thought that gold would be a perfect material for this piece as it relates to the colour palette and adds the preciousness making the scene more unique.
To use the material properly by taking advantage of its different features compared with silver, I decided to work very precisely, focus on details, and use mainly wire to add some volume in the quantity which we were given. These decisions have led me to work in the filigree technique.