Ela Bauer, necklace, 2019, resins, silicone, pigment
Ela Bauer, necklace, 2019, resins, silicone, pigment

Ela Bauer, necklace, 2019, resins, silicone, pigment
Ela Bauer, necklace, 2019, resins, silicone, pigment
Thea Tolsma, <em>Still Life,</em> necklace 2019, brass
Thea Tolsma, <em>Glory,</em> wreath 2019, brass

Ela Bauer
Colour stories

Ela makes colourful statement necklaces, or ‘neck objects’, that are prominently present when worn on the body. Her work focusses on colour. The physical materials she uses, different sorts of resin and silicone, enable her to discover endless colour nuances and different kinds of tactility. To Ela, specific colour sequences tell a story. Colours bear meaning, they are powerful vehicles of moods and atmosphere. People usually give colour to form. Ela does the opposite: she gives form to colour.

Thea Tolsma
Between one flower picked and the other given...

For this three-way collection of metal flower-jewellery, Thea Tolsma was inspired by what she sees during the guiding tours she has been giving for years in the Rijksmuseum and the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. Patterns of seemingly floating flowers, on tapestries from the 15th century, led to a group of brooches that can be worn as a corsage: Tapestry. For Still Life, free after the painted flower-still-lives from the 17th century, Thea made necklaces out of two different flowers, choosing from the rose, tulip, carnation, lily and poppy. She also made pieces – Wreath – based on fragile Ancient wreaths of golden myrtle flowers, used as burial gifts. Myrtle symbolises prosperity and wealth. Each piece is titled after its symbolic meaning.