WEAR Sustain

The multidisciplinary character of our creative consultancy often engages us in some unexpected but quite interesting projects, like WEAR Sustain – “an all European initiative engaging designers, visual artists, engineers, inventors, coders, technologists etc. to co-create ‘the next generation wearables and e-textiles’, and help pave the way for future ethical, sustainable, environmental and aesthetic technologies.”

We have been invited by the Bulgarian group of partners to the project –  Digital Spaces Living Lab and Smart Fab Lab to support them locally by being the link with the design sector and also assist in the formation of a Balkan hub for WEAR Sustain.

{Link to the visualisation which has appeared in the Independent}

This is what is ahead of us and how you can take part in this developing challenge.

The project is going to be launched with an event on the 30th of March, followed by a weekend of hackathon-ing. You can participate by joining the happenings through the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/x1KV4bX8q8K4SpPI2 

Find out more about WEAR Sustain events in Sofia on the Facebook page.

 

Ice Cream Crush – Katerina Serbezova

On the occasion of the group exhibition Ice Cream Crush* with jewellery created by ten Bulgarian designers presented at  Munich Jewellery Week 2017, we introduce you to the participants:

On the style of your work:

All my designs are like an intuitive play with different materials and forms. I want people to recognise the materials of the objects, but also to feel the emotion, the memory and the hidden desire that is behind them. I thrive to excite and I think I’m successful in it.

Share an aspect of your project you are particularly proud of:

Trained as an architect it was a challenge for me to take a material like concrete and to manage to work with it and make very small and delicate forms оut of it. By creating details out of concrete,  I succeeded to keep the material’s character.

Preferred materials of work:

I don’t have any specific  preferences. I like to work with different materials. My choice depends mostly on the project I’m working on. Betoniño are small architectural jewellery pieces and like in architecture it is important to use a material, which allows sustainabilty, harmony and space.

Favourite design object or concept jeweller:

I like everything , which is simple and functional and can be worn everyday, but also on special occasions.

Professional related expectations from Munich Jewellery Week 2017:

Frankly I don’t know what to expect, but for sure it is a step forward in my career.

*We are proudly standing behind the first group exhibition of Bulgarian contemporary jewellery makers at the international and widely acclaimed event Munich Jewellery Week, organised by the cross-disciplinary platform and independent magazine discussing contemporary jewellery in the context of today’s visual culture Current Obsession. Marked as #51 on the participants’ map, the exhibition ICE CREAM CRUSH is adjusted at Del Fiore Gelato.

Ice Cream Crush – Zwetelina Alexieva

On the occasion of the group exhibition Ice Cream Crush* with jewellery created by ten Bulgarian designers presented at  Munich Jewellery Week 2017, we introduce you to the participants:

Zwetelina Alexieva

On the style of your work:

Powered by nature.

Share an aspect of your project you are particularly proud of:

It is a personal interpretation of a traditional Japanese technique, called “mitsuro”.

Preferred materials of work:

With precious metals – I like things that are made to last, but it is more challenging to find an individual language using traditional materials. The durability forces you to be more conscious and responsible towards your work, because it could be there for a very long time.

Favourite design object or concept jeweller:

I like the Japanese concept of imperfection. One way to give a soul to an object is to leave the traces of your hand. I like as well the idea of transcendence: it means I believe that there is an inherent beauty and value in objects and it can be seen independently of the time and place they are created.

Professional related expectations from Munich Jewellery Week 2017:

It is a bit of “learning by seeing and thinking about it”. In the daily work I seldom devote that much time to observation, inquiry and reflection. The jewellery week is a “retreat” to basic questions about work, creation, values and meaning.

Ice Cream Crush – Silvia Chaneva

On the occasion of the group exhibition Ice Cream Crush* with jewellery created by ten Bulgarian designers presented at  Munich Jewellery Week 2017, we introduce you to the participants:

Silvia Chaneva

On the style of your work:

In order to express my aesthetic sense in making jewellery, I use simple geometric shapes and play with their movements and transformations. I try to achieve natural appearance and artistic spontaneity.

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Share an aspect of your project you are particularly proud of:

An aspect that I’m proud with the presented collection “Free Chains” is that I have succeeded in transforming the jewellery piece as an object, which amplifies and underlies our free choice and individuality and inspires our imagination.

Preferred materials of work:

I use porcelain and rubber because of the chance to work with free shapes.

Favourite design object or concept jeweller:

Jewellery makers: Helen Britton and Dimitar Delchev.

Professional related expectations from Munich Jewellery Week 2017:

The event is an opportunity for professional meetings and new inspirations.

 

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*We are proudly standing behind the first group exhibition of Bulgarian contemporary jewellery makers at the international and widely acclaimed event Munich Jewellery Week, organised by the cross-disciplinary platform and independent magazine discussing contemporary jewellery in the context of today’s visual culture Current Obsession. Marked as #51 on the participants’ map, the exhibition ICE CREAM CRUSH is adjusted at Del Fiore Gelato.

Ice Cream Crush – Yana Tankovska

On the occasion of the group exhibition Ice Cream Crush* with jewellery created by ten Bulgarian designers presented at Munich Jewellery Week 2017, we introduce you to the participants:

Yana Tankovska

On the style of your work:

Simplification. Clean lines without pressure, lightness with attention to the detail. This is my motif in everything I do.

Share an aspect of your project you are particularly proud of:

This particular collection is not new and has been around for several years now. But it has become my signature brand. I have been easily recognised through it, which is quite flattering. But i’m also trying to develop it constantly in different directions through forms, colours and functionality.

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Preferred materials of work:

I’m working predominantly with porcelain, by combining it with rubber, textile, metal and other. I prefer alternative materials. My latest project is a provocation to enter into a collaboration with another designer – Evgeniya Tsancova. The results are quite nice. This joint collection is called BLICK and comprises mainly of brooches. Overall we have used two materials for its making – porcelain and cotton rope, and the main accent is put on the bright neon colour, where the name is derived.

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Favourite design object or concept jeweller:

I have an affinity to interior design and a soft spot for lamps and chairs. I truly wish we become more conscious consumers and swap quantity with quality. Recently I enjoy observing people’s attitude towards design and it daily use. And also follow what brands, which are dedicated to producing affordable design, are interested in, like HAY, MUUTO, NORMAN COPENHAGEN, TOM DIXON.

Professional related expectations from Munich Jewellery Week 2017:

Munich Jewellery Week is among the most respected and well recognised non-commercial events in Europe. And I could even dare say it is a quite free podium specialised in presenting contemporary jewellery makers and galleries. As an author I expect good feedback, inspiring experience, meeting old friends and making new acquaintances.

Ice Cream Crush – Emilia Emileva

On the occasion of the group exhibition Ice Cream Crush* with jewellery created by ten Bulgarian designers presented at Munich Jewellery Week 2017, we introduce you to the participants:

Emilia Emileva

On the style of your work:

It’s hard to describe my own work, but I would say “experienced” or “dreamt of”.

Share an aspect of your project you are particularly proud of:

Maybe the fact that it always causes ‘that’ smile.

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Preferred materials of work:

Currently I’m working mainly with porcelain, clay, etc. Which is logical since ceramics occupies an important, emotional and a large part of my life. I’ve worked, and I would work once again with other materials as long as they are interesting and suitable for the realization of my idea.

Favourite design object or concept jeweller:

There are many. But these particularly: Shiva vase by Ettore Sottsass and Juicy Salif lemon squeezer by Philippe Starck for Alessi.

Professional related expectations from Munich Jewellery Week 2017:

Another open door.

Ice Cream Crush – Evgeniya Tsancova

On the occasion of the group exhibition Ice Cream Crush* with jewellery created by ten Bulgarian designers presented at  Munich Jewellery Week 2017, we introduce you to the participants:

Evgeniya Tsancova

On the style of your work:

It is in the approach to the material and the idea, not the visual effect. My goal is not to form an end in itself, but to show the process of development.

Share an aspect of your project you are particularly proud of:

“Connections” is a collection in development, which is the inspiring part to me. My other project – BLICK, which is a collaboration with Yana Tankovska, is also charged with a lot of potential.

Evgenia Tsankova, Yana Tankovska Block

Preferred materials of work:

Experimentation. I’m constantly looking for different ways to work with various materials, seeking to release them from their predetermined way of viewing and discover new frontiers in their use. I believe that this process is open and there are no rules for “What?” and “How?”.

Favourite design object or concept jeweller:

A favorite design object would be the one which makes me communicate, wear or play with it. As a comprehensive approach to the functionality of the object, I admire Gijs Bakker, but also constantly discover new and interesting artists such as Kazumi Nagano, Jing Yang and Patricia Domingues.

Professional related expectations from Munich Jewellery Week 2017:

This is a forum that reflects what is happening in the field of conceptual jewellery at the moment. It’s great that we are part of the event. I expect the unexpected!

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*We are proudly standing behind the first group exhibition of Bulgarian contemporary jewellery makers at the international and widely acclaimed event Munich Jewellery Week, organised by the cross-disciplinary platform and independent magazine discussing contemporary jewellery in the context of today’s visual culture Current Obsession. Marked as #51 on the participants’ map, the exhibition ICE CREAM CRUSH is adjusted at Del Fiore Gelato.

Ice Cream Crush – Victor Pavlov

On the occasion of the group exhibition Ice Cream Crush* with jewellery created by ten Bulgarian designers presented at  Munich Jewellery Week 2017, we introduce you to the participants:

Victor Pavlov

On the style of your work:

Contemporary.

Share an aspect of your project you are particularly proud of:

I’m not sure if proudness is exactly what I feel, but I managed to convey the idea, the feeling and the form I was searching for.

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Preferred materials of work:

I love working with metals. Much of my education is dedicated to the subject of metal, so I know its properties, uniqueness and quality. It makes me feel good when handling the various types of metals.

Professional related expectations from Munich Jewellery Week 2017:

I do not expect anything particular. I hope people visit the exhibition and leave inspired.

 *We are proudly standing behind the first group exhibition of Bulgarian contemporary jewellery makers at the international and widely acclaimed event Munich Jewellery Week, organised by the cross-disciplinary platform and independent magazine discussing contemporary jewellery in the context of today’s visual culture Current Obsession. Marked as #51 on the participants’ map, the exhibition ICE CREAM CRUSH is adjusted at Del Fiore Gelato.

Ice Cream Crush – Velislava Bozhinova

On the occasion of the group exhibition Ice Cream Crush* with jewellery created by ten Bulgarian designers presented at  Munich Jewellery Week 2017, we introduce you to the participants:

Velislava Bozhinova

On the style of your work:

My style and my way of work is sculptural. I love the organic, natural forms, spaces and unusual combinations of materials.

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Share an aspect of your project you are particularly proud of:

Today the value of the jewellery is measured not only by the value of the materials used. Contemporary jewellery is the subject of art, it impresses with its design and the ideas and messages it carries. In the presented project the precious materials that are the focus of classic jewellery have been replaced by a piece of pottery. Recycling in the form of processing unnecessary everyday objects and reusing them to create something new is the basic concept in most of my projects.

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Preferred materials of work:

I like the contrast between different materials. I like using a combination of porcelain, rubber, leather or ceramics and metal. Despite their different characteristics, they complement each other. Matt surfaces contrast with glazed ones. The processing of each of these materials is a challenge for me and a way to learn something new.

Favourite design object or concept jeweller:

I like the design in all its manifestations. Design in contemporary architecture and interiors is impressive. I admire futuristic projects of Zaha Hadid. I am inspired by the Surrealism sculptures and the concept of readymade art. I like the objects of jewellery designers like Ted Noten, David Bielander, Peter Hoogeboom, Peter Bauhuis

Professional related expectations from Munich Jewellery Week 2017:

I expect the audience of Munich Jewellery Week to have a good impression from this first group presentation of Bulgarian authors. I hope this is a step forward to open new doors for the promotion and development of contemporary Bulgarian jewellery.

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*We are proudly standing behind the first group exhibition of Bulgarian contemporary jewellery makers at the international and widely acclaimed event Munich Jewellery Week, organised by the cross-disciplinary platform and independent magazine discussing contemporary jewellery in the context of today’s visual culture Current Obsession. Marked as #51 on the participants’ map, the exhibition ICE CREAM CRUSH is adjusted at Del Fiore Gelato.

Ice Cream Crush – Antoaneta Ramjuly

We are proudly standing behind the first group exhibition of Bulgarian contemporary jewellery makers at the international and widely acclaimed event Munich Jewellery Week, organised by the cross-disciplinary platform and independent magazine discussing contemporary jewellery in the context of today’s visual culture Current Obsession. Marked as #51 on the participants’ map, the exhibition ICE CREAM CRUSH is adjusted at Del Fiore Gelato.

On the occasion of this peculiar participation, we present all participants in brief interviews: Antoaneta Ramjuly – Ramjuly Jewellery Architects.

On the style of your work:

I am always looking for movement and transformation of one form into another. 

Share an aspect of your project you are particularly proud of:

I’m proud of every project, in which I have succeeded to realise my initial idea. Also I appreciate it when during the working process I manage to improve the object and reach an even better version than expected in the beginning. This brings me real joy. 

Favourite design object or concept jeweller:

I like it when design is showing off interesting ideas.

Professional related expectations from Munich Jewellery Week 2017:

From the event I expect new contacts. Besides that I would like to see good ideas and get inspiration for my next projects. I’m looking forward to spend some wonderful days in Munich with my friends.