Monday, October 18, 2010

STEFANO MARCHETTI

With the Mediterranean Sea serving as a picturesque backdrop, the Italian city of Agrigento is a locale filled with ancient museums, Roman ruins, and “the world’s best strawberries.” Italy is also home to featured jewelry designer Stefano Marchetti.

An artist of contemporary jewelry, Marchetti’s design aesthetic focuses on the exploration of form through the building blocks of tiny, individual components.

A former student and instructor at Italy’s Istituto Statale d'Arte, since 1992 the designer enlists ancient Turkish and Italian jewelry making techniques to produce gold rings and gold brooches with a distinct, abstract twist.

Working with 24-karat white, yellow and red gold, copper, and sterling silver, Marchetti cultivates organic, sculptural designer jewelry that seems to grow into poetic forms. For instance, many of his 24-karat white and yellow gold brooches alternately resemble delicate rolls of textured paper, and hollowed out tree bark.

The buoyancy of the metal structures--the surfaces of which are composed of fluidly welded pieces of various sized metals--bring an inherent lyricism to the jewelry pieces. “Materials, metals in particular with their potential to hold and transmit meaning, occupy the center of my research,” says Marchetti.

“I want to load objects with the greatest amount of information so technique and the study of technological procedures are important to me.”

The items are unquestionably beautiful and I wish there was more to see online. Unless I overlooked it, I do not believe Marchetti has a personal website at this time. However, I was able to view some of his work at Charon Kransen Arts’ website.

For the last 18 years, the designer has participated in international exhbitions located in Germany, Austria, Holland, Spain, Scotland, Switzerland and the U.S.A.
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Photo 1 (top right): Gold and Sterling Silver Brooch
Photo 2 (center): 24-Karat Gold Ring
Photo 3 (bottom left): Yellow and Red Gold, and Sterling Silver Brooch

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