The silver embroidery of the new Glix Atelier jewelry collection.
Inspired by a craftsmanship of yesteryear, the collection created by Glix for this December 2020 recalls the ancient art of embroidery.
It almost seems like opening the grandmother’s trunk and pulling out very delicate objects, with subtle textures, which intertwine, between full and empty, to form intricate designs. ‘Embroidery’, in fact, derives from the Arabic raqm (racam) which means ‘sign, design’.
Wavy metal edges, surfaces that rise in imperceptible ribs, suggest ancient lace and fine lace. It is not a question of a return to the past, but of a recovery and reinterpretation in a contemporary key, of an artisan knowledge.
Fragile textures for unique jewelry.
Thanks to the dense warping of signs, the metal becomes very light, almost fragile, as if it were a docile material to be treated. The meticulous design embellishes the satin silver surfaces, making each object a small metal embroidery, white and bright.
The symmetrical and obsessive repetition of geometric shapes and symbols, sometimes taken from decorative elements of the past, has the sense of a search that is not only form, but also content.
From the symbol of the inverted triangle, to the wavy line that indicates the liquid element, to the choice of aquamarine, small freshwater pearls and white labradorite, there are many archetypal references to the feminine, to its creative power, to Nature and to its ability to regenerate in the incessant cycle of life-death-rebirth. The water element, which is the quintessence of the feminine, is also the leitmotif of the collection.
In the curvatures of the surfaces, sometimes barely hinted at, the silver appears freed from the gravity of its weight, especially where the perforations thicken and leave spaces as thin as threads to define the contours of the design.
‘Making room’ is a bit like the mantra of the moment. It is not just a question of physical space, of exercising lightness, levity, as a predisposition to change.
What better way to translate the need to make space into an object than by lightening a heavy, sharp material like metal, giving it an extraordinary lightness and agility of movement?
A collection of jewelry inspired by lace and embroidery.
Like precious lace, the jewels of this collection adorn the face, neck, hands, without weighing it down. The Afra ring is the only one to have a base of considerable weight. The other pieces are extraordinarily light.
The ‘Alyssa’ earrings are a combination of symbols from different origins: there is the lily, a sign of purity and eternity, the heart that represents love and life.
The small ‘Eudora’ set originates from the replica of a module that is composed in a specular way to form jewels with a symmetrical design with respect to a center.
In the small ‘Zahra’ pendant, the fretwork is inspired by floral motifs of the Art Nouveau or Art Nouveau style.
The reference to history and traditions is important. We are only the result of many lived lives and settled knowledge, of knowledge that is not learned from books, but is learned through experience.
This collection has many references to the past and cultural overlaps. Inside each jewel different instances collide and meet: on the one hand there is history and tradition; on the other, the technical and formal research, made up of points and lines that trace the boundaries of containment of the ideas and images they project. All reworked in the light of feeling, which collects all the suggestions and encodes them in a unique and unrepeatable way in a finished object.