Dries Criel’s dance-inspired jewelry: graphic strains, pops of enamel and daring modernity
Dries Criel attracts on his ballet dancer background for this assortment of graphic jewelry
Dries Criel attracts on his dance background for jewelry items characterised by a recent fluidity, with earrings, pendants, rings and bracelets chopping sharp and sensual silhouettes.
After initially coaching as a ballet and up to date dancer in Antwerp, Criel launched his first positive jewelry assortment in 2017, translating his fascination with motion into robust geometric strains. ‘I attempt to design items which might be timeless and wearable with a recent really feel, whereas on the similar time holding a beautiful ingredient of human historical past inside them,’ says the jewelry designer. ‘My total aesthetic is graphic, linear and full of robust however energetic colors corresponding to inexperienced and purple. It’s jewelry designed with a free and open imaginative and prescient, trying to be worn by people who’re filled with character.’
The items are handcrafted in 18ct gold by Antwerp-based artisans, who fuse conventional supplies with trendy strategies, lacing webs of diamonds in daring strokes of enamel for vivid pops of color. ‘I discover a steady inspiration in historical Egypt – the color mixtures, the distinct shapes – and mix it with my up to date imaginative and prescient of positive jewelry,’ Criel provides. ‘I redefine a traditional, each inspiration- and material-wise. The items merge many components of life that have an effect on us all, and I hope they offer energy and energy to the wearer.’
For Criel, the concentrate on performance explicit to jewelry shapes the aesthetic of his items. ‘There are a lot of challenges in designing, and all of them, I consider, are mandatory to return to creation. As I attempt to “redesign”, I discover it essential to at all times be sure that the items are wearable; I don’t design jewelry to be put in a vault. Placing the appropriate stability between robust, geometric design and wearability is the place to begin.’ §