Graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia., Barbara is now an active jewelry designer. She also teaches in professional school. However, she’s also an experimental artist. Apart from accessories to be worn, she also uses unusual material to create. The “Bijoux Chocolat” and Ice Snow series (as I called it) are most representative (for me).
The eatable Bijoux Chocolat includes necklace, bracelet and ring, which is to be shared between one and his/her loved one. The first time I saw the photos of this series… chocolate melted on neck, wrist and fingers of the model, there’s a flash in my mind the intimate interaction between two lovers. Quite an affectionate and “sexy” series…
As to the Ice Snow series, it’s the latest work and an exhibition was launched in summer 2005. Created from ice and snow, I guess they’re only wearable and enjoyable in summertime. The opening was quite a busy occasion and many friends and enthusiasts were present. Lots of ice chains and snow chains were put on black marble tables. The view was quite fascinating with melted snow and ice. At the beginning we’re afraid to pick them up but dare to touch them with fingertips. Few people had the courage to try them on. After a while when the atmosphere was a bit more “hot”, Barbara brought some more new pieces from the fridge and asked us to try. In a few minutes, an ice necklace was put onto my neck. It looks really nice but honestly I could only bear it for a minute coz it was really freezing cold. In the meanwhile, the little dinosaur that she hided inside an ice block necklace on the table started to show up (coz it’s melting). I took interests to observe it for a while, and when I turned my head Barbara was busy putting another necklace onto a dog of a friend… In the hot summer night, everyone was having much fun!
Every time I go to her place, she’s always generous to bring out all her designs for me to try and enjoy. I especially like her silverwork. All pieces are unique and individual. You won’t find another piece with the same look. I once asked her, “Have you ever thought of opening your own gallery?” She told me that she wouldn’t waste her time on managing issues and trifles. She’d rather spend the time creating. Most people who want to buy or collect her works contact her either on the exhibition or through her web site and e-mail. How I hope that one day that she will find someone to promote her works and have some really great success (which means bring some money into her pocket) so that she can really concentrate on elaborating her creativity.
Click here for Barbara’s web site.