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Jewellery Finalist 2016/Angie Bergman

My inspiration is drawn from many different facets, such as luxury, fashion and materials...

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My inspiration is drawn from many different facets, such as luxury, fashion and materials. All my jewellery is handcrafted and one-of-a-kind. One of my objectives is to create wearable art, which is at the root of every item I create.

My clientele have an eye for detail and value individuality, quality and personality. My jewellery is sophisticated, eclectic and classy. It is dynamic enough to be worn on the catwalk or donned for an evening out.

This specific piece was inspired by the different phases of cement: from powder, to liquid, to solid. The dynamic way that cement is used to create art in the form of architecture is very similar to the way that jewellery is designed.

A glaze was used on the beads in order to make them look wet, which echoes the liquid phase while still being a solid object. This juxtaposition of solid and liquid is very interesting to me.

I decided to investigate different textures and how they are associated and differentiated. Cement – being hard-edged, rough and durable and often, therefore, symbolising masculinity – is juxtaposed with beading, whose elegance, sophistication and delicacy can be seen as feminine traits.

The use of PPC Cement was a pivotal moment - I have learned so much from working with such a unique material and will continue to push the boundaries of my designs.

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