Jewelry in a Duet

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Laura Volpi’s work is a synthesis of energy, research and matter that takes shape through the elaboration of visual stimuli from our contemporaneity, to create jewels that reveal each a different part of her creative storytelling. She conducts an accurate study of volume and a research of the sculptural shape, to create a jewel that explores the boundaries of movement in a wearable dimension writes Ilaria Ruggiero.

She was first influenced by Davide De Paoli, who initiated her to the potentialities of plate sculpture, and by Arnaldo Pomodoro, whom she could meet through a scholarship. During the collaboration with Pomodoro, which lasted a few years, she had the opportunity to explore sculptural volumes and light vibrations.  When she was in London she found her great loves: Henry Moore and Burri from whom she learnt and appreciated rough and daring materiality. 

Each of her piece maintain a little of all those who influenced her style and language. The brilliance and warmth of bronze, the stylization of shapes, the use of raw stones and materials, the skillful craftsmanship, all comes together in very balanced creations.

Maintaining the same approach, together with Côme Touvay, French textile designer, presented a new piece called Duetto Bracelet as a result of a silver and textile connection. It is the first piece of a new collection born from the collaboration between the two artists and where their skills and common inspirations come together as in a duet. Laura Volpi sculpts silver items: individual pieces that evoke a rhythm and together create a shape.

Côme Touvay ties these elements between them and stops them in the fabric, integrating into the texture the sense of movement given by the single elements.

Côme Touvay is creating fabrics for both fashion and decoration world. He can supervise the production process as an artisian as well as at an industrial level.

He owns several looms, allowing him to do research and to experiment a direct contact with the matter, thus making weaving an all-round expressive experience. His textile researches are explorations in quest of new technical and aesthetic potentialities; his collaborations are always seen as a chance to discover new weaving modes, a further challenge to his creative approach.

He develops in the first place a poetic vision, whose essence is made of structure, stuff and color, allowing a perception and a language, which serve as a bridge between appearance and concealment.

The result is a very unique piece where the brightness of silver and softness of textile are perfectly combined together in a whole. Most interesting is the overall rhythm given by the movement of the silver waves and crossing of threads. 

Short Bio
Laura Volpi, goldsmith sculptor, was born in Milan in 1969. After graduating in scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera she decided to devote herself to gold sculpting, experimenting sculpture in a wearable dimension. She attended specialized courses at the Tam Center with Arnaldo Pomodoro and Davide De Paoli, and then studied in London at the Slade School of Fine Art. She opens her first workshop in 1993, experimenting with materials and techniques that allow her to develop new concepts of “sculptural jewel”.

About the Contributing Writer

Ilaria Ruggiero is a cultural manager and curator working in the field of contemporary art. She is the founder of Adornment - Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry, a curatorial integrated project dedicated to contemporary art jewelry. It aims to develop the knowledge and consciousness of contemporary jewelry as artistic discipline and as ground search for technique, aesthetics, and philosophy.


Ilaria Ruggiero


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