Design process on the Cave collection started from studying a fragment of a rough Polar Jade, sourced from the Green Mountain Jade mine in British Columbia. Structure and colour of this beautiful material inspired me to do a series of detailed drawings which followed with the making of the first sample piece (pictured).
The design includes elements influenced by the primitive sculptures and ethnic carvings from the region of Central and Eastern Europe, specifically the Mazury region in north-eastern Poland, where I come from.
Folk tales and ethnic crafts had a big inuence on the development of my artistic sensitivity since my early age. Even though I was far removed from my childhood environment, love for the primitive sculpture prevailed throughout my design career. I continue to explore close to my soul subjects and build new ideas based on those experiences. This collection takes its shape as I continue to develop more designs based on the subject research and gain more experience with processing new-to-me materials, lapidary skills and and jewellery-making techniques.
Above: Still-life with the works of Dominika Durtan. Stone sculptures made in St. Mark Limestone sourced from Quebec and Cave – jewellery collection featuring sterling silver and Polar Jade sourced from British Colombia.
Note: The concept of this collection was featured in a finale of the Young Designers Competition at the Gemworld Munich in 2018 and in the finale of the PRIX FRANÇOIS-HOUDÉ 2019. Selected pieces are currently at the post competition exhibition at the gallery La Guilde in Montreal. Catalog from the exhibition can be accessed here.