ELSA VANIER GALLERY
Created in 2003, the Elsa Vanier gallery, an iconic and essential place for contemporary jewelry in Paris, takes off and joins 58 Facettes...
The gallery selects contemporary jewelry designers whose original talent plays with rare, precious or fascinating materials.
Among these creators, we will find jewelers in love with stones and passionate about working with metal, contemporary jewelery designers who question the wearing of jewelery in the 21st century or sculptors who want to express themselves through jewelery. Elsa Vanier expects her artists to provide a very personal answer to the question of the role of jewelry in terms of relationship to the body and psychological or aesthetic impact.
Its selection favors the emotion felt in front of the works with a requirement of originality, creativity and quality of the realization. Constantly discovering new talents, Elsa Vanier promotes young designers alongside a group of permanent artists. Within the site 58 Facettes or in ephemeral places, it continues to organize regular exhibitions, both personal, highlighting a particular talent, as well as collective or thematic.
The author's jewel says a lot about our culture!
The creators :Agathe Saint-Girons Annie sibert Claire Wolfstirn Christophe Burger Karen Gay Laurence Opperman Marianne Anselin Marine Dominiczak Martin spreng Nathalie Dmitrovic Patrice Fabré Philippe & Laurence Ratinaud Suzanne Otwell Nègre
Artist with multiple expressions, Agathe Saint Girons draws her inspiration from human relationships in all their aspects, intimate, familial, friendly, social, civilized or provocative. Unique pieces that are always spectacular, born from an incessant dialogue between word and matter. In her beautiful workshop overlooking the Marne, Agathe Saint Girons has been creating, with power and exuberance for more than 25 years, exceptional pieces or "families" of jewelry that are available but are always unique.
Contemporary jewelery author, Annie Sibert is trained in numerous metalworking techniques, which gives her works an experimental dimension, diverting traditional tools and reinventing the gestures around this work. Unique pieces or in small series, Annie Sibert's creations are entirely handmade in her Strasbourg workshop.
Original designer and graphic designer, Claire Wolfstirn turned to contemporary jewelry out of a taste for contact with matter and the body / object relationship. His creations bear witness to demanding formal research and dynamic graphics. His sober and refined pieces evoke the coherence and the power of the geometric shapes present in nature.
Artist and designer of contemporary jewelry, Christophe Burger is installed in his studio-gallery in Colmar. “The jewel essentially expresses one thing: our human relationships. It reveals and forges links between people ”. Playing with the alliance of unusual materials for a while, Christophe Burger then turned to a reflection of more graphic forms. He retains his pleasure in handling gold and silver, for their color or their light. The beauty of her resolutely contemporary jewelry springs from an abstract reorganization of lines, shapes and colors.
The unique pieces of Karen Gay, a jewelry artist with the dexterity of a goldsmith, are a subtle blend of precious aesthetics and a contemporary approach. They testify to the pleasure of the creator to forge the material by handling the fusion of gold and by scattering fine and precious stones. The tributes to nature or the cosmos can be read in the lines of his creations, all in movement and whirlwind. All her pieces are entirely handmade in her workshop in the Paris region, where she has been installed since the end of the 80s.
The silver or gold jewels forged by Laurence Oppermann tell, question or offer a game with humor and poetry. Contemporary, strong, simple and beautiful jewelry for men and women, bearers of light or powerful moments of life. The forging and hammering of which she has acquired an exceptional mastery and know-how constitute one of the signs of recognition of her jewels, entirely made in her workshop in Lyon for more than 20 years.
Marianne Anselin, trained by illustrious creators of contemporary jewelry, gives life and meaning to objects gleaned during her walks by transforming them into jewelry. Marianne Anselin's artistic approach takes the form of an aesthetic and memorial quest: to bring out the preciousness of the trivial, to capture the fragility of human life, and to make the body the meeting place between nature and culture, permanence and movement, resurgence and oversight. Iron, wrought or rusted, is the designer's favorite material.
Marianne Anselin's workshop is located in Paris.
For Marine Dominiczak, the jewel structures and creates a precious and sensual link between the different parts of the body, highlighting the tensions that are created there. Metal is his favorite material. She likes to confront her resistance, sometimes experimentally. Marine Dominiczak designs and produces her pieces in her Valence workshop.
Artist sculptor, Martin Spreng creates unique pieces as well as tailor-made pieces in his Parisian workshop. The creation of a jewel is above all a dialogue with the material and the color. Mixing different metals, precious or not (gold, platinum, silver, steel, titanium ...), as well as fine or ornamental stones, he brings them together through his work of carving, texture and even coloring, to form lunar landscapes, undulations, nature or space, without ever being figurative.
Sculptural jewelry, between soft curves and assertive presence. Coming from stone sculpture, Nathalie Dmitrovic creates rings with powerful and voluptuous shapes. "Like a garment that wraps around a body, the sculpture ring hugs the finger, imprisons it by a play of full and empty. Each opening brings a breath, a lightness voluntarily allowing to breathe and glimpse the skin." Nathalie Dmitrovic is based in Marseille.
Patrice Fabre was introduced to the art of jewelry during trips to Asia at the end of the 70s. He won multiple international design competitions, the International Diamond Award, the Tahitian Pearl Trophy ... He likes the refined forms, the opposition of genres and daring materials. His signature: the precious concrete jewel. His workshop is located in Paris.
PHILIPPE AND LAURENCE RATINAUD
Jewelers and enamellers, Philippe and Laurence Ratinaud create jewelry in a unique and contemporary style, with a nod to nature and in which gold, silver, enamel and precious stones mingle. Their collection is full of minerality and vegetal strength, the wood has turned into gold and the silica into shining enamel. Living Heritage Company, in Limoges.
Suzanne Otwell Nègre
Suzanne Otwell-Nègre's jewelry are unique pieces inspired by architecture and nature. They offer many textures, graphic overlays in which plates of silver and gold come alive under shadow and light. Sometimes the color of a stone integrates the composition, following the lines of the metal, illuminating a ring or a necklace. Always elegant and portable, her jewelry is entirely handmade in her workshop in Montpellier.