ELHANATI LAUNCHES ‘JARDIN’ – A COLLABORATION WITH CONIE VALLESE
Exploring a fusion of gothic Victorian and nostalgic 90s: introducing a unique collection of wearable art.
The collaboration between the two visionary artists and long-time friends Orit Elhanati and Conie Vallese has given birth to a collection that defies convention: ‘Jardin’. Gothic and Victorian aesthetics intertwine with nostalgic elements from the 90s, resulting in a series of elegant and mesmerizing masterpieces that seamlessly blend the past with a modern twist.
The wearable artworks transcend accessories; they become an integral part of the bearer’s identity, an extension of the skin, and a cherished addition to the everyday wardrobe. From icy winters to scorching summer nights, this collection caters to diverse seasons, reflecting the spirit of an era that has long disappeared. Drawing inspiration from old paintings, museum artifacts, and the pages of ancient books, the artists have painstakingly infused a vintage charm into each piece. The pieces are handcrafted in sterling silver, using hammering and dripping techniques. The silver has been meticulously treated with oxidizing techniques to achieve an antique matte finish, creating a sense of timeless allure. When combined with black spinels and diamonds, the Victorian influence becomes apparent, adding an air of mystique and royal elegance. Black, the embodiment of danger and intrigue, takes on new meaning as the collection’s signature color is mixed with antique silver finishes.
The collection embraces the force of nature, found in silent mystical gardens. The flower represents fertility and embodies the essence of womanhood. It symbolizes strength, grace, and the delicate beauty that lies within. Whether adorning a woman lounging on a Sicilian beach in a bikini or gracing a red-carpet affair, these designs effortlessly transition from casual to glamorous. Like silhouettes captured on old Italian film, they have explored the silence and depth of this project over the course of several years. The end result is a collection that pays homage to noble tradition while embracing innovative designs. The profound impact of this collaboration goes beyond artistic boundaries. It has inspired artists to embark on new creative journeys, pushing the boundaries of their individual styles. The shared passion and admiration for each other’s work have fostered a transformative experience, resulting in a harmonious fusion of ideas and creations.
The collaboration is a testament to the artists’ commitment to their craft and their pursuit of evocative beauty. The resulting collection merges gothic Victorian aesthetics with nostalgic 90s elements, transforming art into wearable forms that captivate and enchant. Launching 2nd October 2023, the limited-edition collection consists of three pairs of earrings, four rings, seven necklaces and pendants, one bracelet, one hairpin, and one brooch, all handcrafted in sterling silver with black diamonds and spinels.
The collection will be available from selected stockists around the world and on www.elhanati.com