Text and work: Lital Mendel, Israel.
Collection name: Just one more…
Repetitive patterns have always fascinated me. The methodical recurrence of a single element, as a building block for a bigger structure, has a powerful effect which grows the more the unit is used.
Every piece of jewelry is made of hundreds of units. At first the units had no influence on the jewelry (except for the one I intended them to have), but as I added more and more of them they started to have a growing impact on the shape and flexibility of the jewelry.
The creation of this collection always involves dealing with the conflict between the material and its “will” and my intentions the designer.
This collection refers to recycling in two aspect: the first one is that the jewelry are made from recycled paper.
Secondly, early in our relationship, me and my partner had to live apart for a long period of time. For the sake of romance and intimacy between us despite the long distance, we decided to send each other handwritten letters, as a way to feel closer. When we were eventually reunited, we realized we have both saved those letters.
The paper I used for the necklaces is made from printed copies of those letters and by using them for the folded units that make the jewelry I carry them with me as a constant reminder of our love but at the same time the contents are known only to me which is also like carrying a secret personal memento.
I believe that jewelry has a deep and personal meaning; jewelry is the embodiment of moments and memories. It symbolizes small and intimate moments in the wearer’s life, it is often given as a gift or being passed on in the family. For that reason jewelry should have something more than just an aesthetic value. It should make a statement, provoke thought and arouse emotion.
Jewelry is supposed to be exciting; it can combine different material, consisting of many colors and can have outrageous shapes. Jewelry is and should be fun. Jewelry is a platform in which the designer and the wearer can make a statement.