sterling silver, opals from Ethiopia, lapis lazuli
7 cm x 3.5cm x 3.5cm
Handle with care and avoid dropping the earrings as the spheres are hollow and the wires might bend.
Through a fresh and more experimented eye, she combines basic techniques like ball articulation, fold forming and patina to create articulated and colourful pieces. By revisiting preexisting works that were created for the sole purpose of learning a new technique, Iris reflected on how technique influences/impacts the design of a piece. Just like the chicken and the egg, which one between technique and design (should) come first?
Intuitively, for the artist, the design often comes first. While she views techniques only as a way for her ideas to come to life. However, the pieces presented were developed the other way around, setting techniques such as articulation and patina, as the starting point. From there she laid down the fundamentals of each technique. Thus, the focus shifted from the overall aspect of the work to the application of those prerequisite in the design. Through this, she realized that her favourite pieces are the ones where she embraced the limitations of the imposed technique. Indeed, experts affirm that "human creativity benefits from constraints". By accepting them, she pushed her mind to think differently.