SEONYONG LEE - "Cast skin series"
Brooch - Silicone, silver.
Cast skin is a shell covering and protecting the body, but after being cast off, it becomes an 'empty' skin. The shell functions as a protective layer or a cocoon for a weak body. Then it is a dead loss after painful moulting. Cast skin mostly applies to reptiles or insects that undergo metamorphosis. However, for human beings, the process of casting skin also exists as we establish identity, not only through secondary sexual characteristics but also through the ageing process, in metaphorical, imaginary, abstract and sentimental ways.
SłAWA TCHÓRZEWSKA - "Color in space"
Necklace - Flexible wire, modeling yarns, threads, yarn, fragments of brush, resin, paint.
Colour in space is a coherent story about space in jewellery, providing various options for wearing. Colour is what determines me as a designer and the technique I use is unique and created especially for these pieces.
SUN MING RUI - "Blue"
Object - Artificial hair, plastic, resin
Responding to Van Gogh's "Starry Night", Sun Ming Rui references patterns—both orderly and disorderly—rearranging them to emulate the many combinations and systems found in nature. He combines natural and industrial materials, emphasising the interesting relationship that exists between man and nature. Considering the way the density of collectivism can be compared with Van Gogh's dense brushwork, Rui collects materials (natural and synthetic hair) and draws connections between the continuous and dense qualities, thus creating a strong visual impact through simplicity and repetitive patterns.
TAIBE PALACIOS - "Stardust"
Ring - Oxidized silver, apatite, ruby, black diamond, emerald, amethyst, resin.
"Stardust". Every year, 40,000 tons of cosmic dust fall onto Earth. Everything on Earth and in the universe originated from stardust. Our bodies are made of remnants of stars and massive explosions in the galaxy. We have particles in us as old as the universe, and then some particles that landed here maybe only 100 years ago. Stardust continually floats through us and directly connects us to the universe over and over, rebuilding our bodies throughout our lifetime. ...Eternal reciprocity between the universe and us as living creatures.
VIKTORIA MÜNZKER - "Microvita"
Brooch - Silver, sea urchin, rock crystal, pearl, fishbones, micro granules.
"Microvita" represents our functional world, within the limitations of our senses and perceptions. Whatever we do not know, we either say it is non-existent or it is abstract. Reality is a collective feeling—the metamorphosis of a butterfly—and represents a thought with an immortal energy.