In The Making: Pillars Ring

Amidst our era of machine-production, it feels so refreshing to partake in an entirely hand-made process. All parts of our Pillar Ring are cut and shaped from sterling silver rods and mokume gane sheet. These are all then fused together, filed and polished. For a final touch, patina is applied to the mokume gane surface to bring out the contrast between the copper and silver within the pattern. 

Jewellery // Pillars Ring by ENEM Design

Silver Lining

Glimmering under the soft, subdued afternoon light… A few images from a recent editorial featuring a mix of our silver-wear and resin rings.

Jewellery // ENEM Design

Apparel // Christie Nicole

Photography // Geoffrey Chuah

Model // Katherine Kuhl

Stylist // Erin Marie Carroll

Make up & Hair // Tracy Terashima

The 3D Saga

Working with rapid prototyping processes, I could not just pass by the latest collection 'mutatio' by New York based studio Francis BitontiThe collection is a collaboration with 3D Systems  for Dutch footwear brand United Nude

Each pair of shoes within the collection is generated using parametric software. With the rise of rapid prototyping systems, 'mutatio' is a fusion of both traditional craft and new technologies. The heel of the shoe is made from nylon using a selective laser sinter (SLS) machine. The heel is then gold plated and paired with a textured black upper that zips to cover the entire foot. By varying a computer algorithm that is used to control the digital model, the platform mesh of each shoe can be adjusted to produce bespoke shapes and patterns. 

Interestingly, Bitonti visualises products as adaptable algorithms. 

One of Francis Bitonti's most notable designs is the 3D printed seamless dress designed with Michael Schmidt for burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese. The articulated joints are set with over 12,000 Swarovski crystals.

Francis Bitonti's 'mollecule shoes'  uses a mathematical model that generates each pair of shoes with gradients of colour on a 3D printer. 

Our era of 3D printing processes is undoubtedly fascinating and the possibilities of these technologies are endless. But behind the most advanced outcomes, there still lies traces of the artisan's hand craft. 


References: Francis Bitonti / Dezeen

Craft Exhibition: Barometer Gallery

 

We are very excited to be a part of the Craft Exhibition at the Barometer Gallery in Paddington, Sydney. Open until October 3rd, the exhibition is a celebration of contemporary craft. We are exhibiting alongside other featured ceramic, textile, glass and jewellery artsists including Beth Hatton, Julie Ryder, Yusuki Takemura, Toni Warbuton, Greville Wilton and Tanya Robertson-Cunningham and Melinda Young. Through personal interpretations by each artist, the exhibition initiates a discussion about what craft is in a contemporary context. 

 

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Infinite Possibility

 

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Infinite Possibility. Mirror Works and Drawings

 The Guggenheim Museum, New York

In our recent trip to New York, we were incredibly awe-struck strolling through the mirrored wonderland of Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian's exhibition at The Guggenheim Musuem in New York. The exhibition featured over 40 years of the artist's work. With a strong bearing on Islamic architecture and decoration, Farmanfarmaian's work merges visual and spatial experiences through her plaster and mirrored reliefs, mirror scultpures and works on paper. 

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The Art of Mokume Gane

Mokume is an ancient Japanese technique of fusing multiple sheets of different metals in order to create unique grains in the metal. The technique was used by 17th century Japanese metal smiths for traditional Samurai swords. Fused at a high temperature, the layers are then cut, hammered, filed and rolled to reveal a unique pattern that resembles the natural grains in wood. This process is extremely laborious and time-consuming, but the beauty of Mokume Gane lies in the incredibly intricate pattern that emerges at the end of this hand-made process, and no pattern can ever be replicated. This makes each piece of jewellery entirely unique. 

 

Resin Rings by ENEM Design. 

Multiple sheets of various metals are stacked and fused together.

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When fused, the stack of metal sheets is manipulated to reveal the colourful layers. 

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The block is rolled into a thin sheet and the final pattern is ready to be applied. 

Bowl using copper/brass Mokume Gane from the Hamilton Regional Art Gallery

 
 
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Mokume Gane used in tsuba (sword guards). Japanese, from the 18th - 19th centuries. 

 

Curious for more? check out the following references:

  • The Complete Book of Jewelry Making by Carles Codina
  • Mokume Gane by Ian Ferguson