So, originally I was planning to blog about Lee Jaehyo whose Wood (an art piece before any other thoughts arise…) I saw at Saatchi, then this search led to spotting Karo Rainer’s jewellery which then led me somehow to this little genius! London-based jewellery designer Imogen Belfield works in the usual gold, silver, bronze and precious stones, but also the more unusual porcelain.
This addition brings a rawness to her pieces, furthered by the sharp and seemingly haphazard way their metal settings are cut.
Belfield works from her surroundings: taking both architecture and nature as inspiration which results in collections which are at once angular and industrial, yet simultaneously fragile and organic.
22ct gold plated bronze with blue sapphires, citrines and white porcelain
22ct gold and dyed blue porcelain
22ct gold plated bronze and porcelain
Fool’s Gold Galaxy and Meteor
Sterling silver and Pyrite
.towering skyscrapers.scaffolds.cold glass panes.glinting cityscapes.the opulent and the everyday.
22ct gold plated bronze and silver inset with white porcelain
Motion and Fragments
Sterling silver and white or dyed blue pendants
22ct gold plated sterling silver earrings
Belfield’s work reminds me of a chat I had with Viennese installation artist Marlene Hausegger who recently made work for the Klimt Illustrated exhibition at Lazarides Gallery (see a review from yours truly here http://onestoparts.com/review-klimt-illustrated-lazarides-gallery ). Hausegger’s installation for this show commented upon Klimt’s favourite materials, oil and gold – items which are now precious but dangerous commodities – by reverting them back to their natural forms. Whilst both remind us of their materials’ origins, Hausegger does so to almost debases these elements which she believes currently cause much of the world’s political problems; whilst the way Belfield treats them seems to instead celebrate the natural formation of such incredible materials, emphasising their raw beauty – rather than polishing and shaping them to false perfection.
Calculated disorder; it’s something I really appreciate and if done well it looks spectacular. The flaws and faults are what make things unique, and in my opinion that is truly beautiful, personally I would rather an unpolished and irregular stone over an impeccably buffed, pristine piece any day.
Imogen Belfield pieces can be found for £100 and up, online at http://www.Kabiri.co.uk or Asos, and across London from Covent Garden to Marylebone (my link button is refusing to work, will have to take up with WordPress come 9am!)