Each piece of this contemporary jewelry is created with uniqueness in mind. Its design forgoes repeatability and emphasizes singularity.
The careful pondering of ideas and perfection of design are the essence of each piece and the premise for its successful transition from idea to three-dimensional shape.
Papier-mâché as the main material lends Bodyfurnitures jewelry its extraordinary lightness. A special processing technique ensures resistance and durability.
Meticulously handcrafted from pure raw materials, each piece is distinguished by its authenticity, wearing comfort and immediate recognisability.
The author jewelry by Gian Luca Bartellone blossoms in opulent, often floral forms and vibrant colors, recalling the style of the Baroque era. But his Bodyfurnitures collection is not the result of a historicizing retrospective gaze, rather, these are modern pieces of jewelry that break traditional norms and mischievously question deep-rooted perceptions. Although Bartellone draws inspiration from tradition, he treads new paths with daring combinations of materials: For example, he unites gold, gemstones and silk with papier-mâché or paper. With their lightness and flexibility they are perfectly suited to serve as the basis for his elaborately crafted pieces of jewelry. The mix of materials in his work is clearly unconventional but these are “familiar playmates” for this academically trained goldsmith, who says that his fondness for these materials can be traced to his childhood in Lombardy. (Art Aurea)
Gian Luca Bartellone is part of the Italiano Plurale artist collective that promotes the most sophisticated Italian art. Their next show will be at the PMA Craft Show 2024 – the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s annual „art by hand“ event.