Monday, January 14, 2013

Experimental Jewelry: HELENA RIBEIRO

I love experimental and unconventional jewelry! In this series I'm featuring jewelry artists who work with unconventional materials and techniques, and who see a ring or a pendant as a canvas to express their art and creativity. 

The colorful and unique work of Portuguese jewelry artist Helena Ribeiro truly deserves the title of experimental jewelry. All of her work is a continuing experiment in shapes, colors and materials, which she designs and creates from scratch.

Helena offers her eclectic experimental work in her two Etsy shops. Helena Ribeiro stands for her unique collection of plexiglas jewelry, which she completely designs and creates from scratch. Minimalist Hand Cut Acrylic Experimental Jewelry is what best describes her work: she designs the image, saws, sands and polishes all the pieces by hand. Helena says that she loves all her pieces, because they are made with love and care, searching for peace of mind, and trying to learn new techniques. Her work starts from an acrylic sheet of 50-60cm x 1.10 m approximately, which is then turned into a piece of jewelry with a time-consuming technique. For each piece of jewelry she first studies the design, then the acrylic is cut with a jewellery saw, filed, sanded and polished. When hot, the acrylic is moulded according to the desired shape. A time-consuming work which involves lots of love, passion and patience!

Helena's other brand Brandless Berta stands for her Romantic Bohemian Chic collection, in particular her colorful and delicate crochet jewelry and some minimalist hand cut aluminium jewelry.

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