As every year there are several prizes to be given to the Alchimia alumni.
This year there was a new one and we want to start there.

This prize, we can call it the METALFIN AWARD is sponsored by the company Metalfin S.r.l., Firenze
and consists in one kilo of pure silver. In this way the company wants to support the creative force of our students and also encourage the use of precious metals in contemporary jewellery.

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The prize was selected by Mrs Elisa Lo Monaco from Metalfin and Lucia Massei director of Alchimia

and THE WINNER IS…….

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Shenaz Erdal student of the first year. Congratulations Shenaz !!!!!!!!

But this was of course not the only prize that has been awarded and it is difficult to choose the ranking for all that has been going on in this last days of the school year 2013/14.

The Marzee Graduation Show.

As every year Marie Jose van der Hout, founder and director of Galerie Marzee was invited to our exhibition to choose the participants in the Marzee Grauation Show, which is a really unique event.  The pieces present in this exhibition is chosen amongst the grad work of the most important Universities in the world and being part of it is one of the desires of every student in contemporary jewelry.

and THE WINNERS ARE……..

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Carla Movia and

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Lilian Mattuschka.

 

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Every year Alchimia grants this prize, which consists in the acquisition of a piece of jewellery for the Alchimia collection to a student in his/her last year of education.

THE WINNER IS..

..lilian mattuschka

again Lilian Mattuschka. What a fantastic year for her…. congratulations!!!

 

The Alchimia “Second Year Award” – a 1 week special workshop offered by the school

AND THE WINNER IS…….

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Christina Schmid with her collection of “clouds”

 

The Alchimia “First Year Award” a weekend course offered by the school

AND THE WINNER IS……..

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Diana Panthea, in this photo together with Shenaz Erdal winner of the Metalfin Award.

Unfortunately not every student could win a prize, but we want to say that the overall quality of the work was excellent and we really need to thank and congratulate for having so many fantastic students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                              

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Robert Weingaertner, who took a series of wonderful photos during the opening of our exhibition Touch, we can show you what I like to call momentsof an exhibition and which might give you a glimps of what was a really beautiful event.

THE WINDOW

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THE HANDS

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THE BOOKS

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THE TOUCH

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THE CROWNS

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THE HOPE

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THE DEMON

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THE WINNER

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THE INSTALLATION

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THE JOKE

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THE PIECES

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THE QUESTION

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THE PRIDE

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THE EXPLANATION

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THE DECISION

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THE TEARS

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THE BEAUTY

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THE MOTHER

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THE DIALOGUE

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BROTHER AND SISTER

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THE PROFESSOR

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THE JEWEL

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SATISFACTION

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EXPERIMENTS

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THE DISC JOCKEY

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THE SOLUTION IS ?

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AUSTRIANS

 

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THE JURY

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THE WINNERS

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THE THINKER

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THE RIGHT CHOICE

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NEED FOR EXPLANATION

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THE ENCOUNTER

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THE ARRIVAL

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IT WAS A HARD TIME. FOR ME TOO!

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SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER

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All is in fever, all is in disorder, things might never turn out as planned…………..

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This is whats going in school on the week before End of the Year exhibition.

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Its not only the graduation show ( of course the most important – yes) its the show of all the academic classes in Alchimia

FIRST YEAR

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setting up in the newly renovated Limonaia, and preparing tons of surprises

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SECOND YEAR

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Even more misterious, there is nothing visible yet, but they will be in the drawing room and in the library

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GRADUATION SHOW
This is of course the most difficult and challenging task. The curation of this show, entirely in the hands of the students represents the culmination of  three years of studies.

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They have been working on it since one month and every detail needs to be perfect, not only the exhibition but also the name of the show, the press release, the poster and the invitation.

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It is very difficult to give a common denominator to the work of eleven students, each of them working on their own personal themes and concepts.

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The stronger the personalities the more difficult the task and this year’s group united under the title “Touch” is certainly a particularly strong one.

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All of them reaching high……

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So many questions to solve to make each artist happy. Democracy is not easy !!!!

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Every year students need to prepare a new installation using the Alchimia entrance hall and the shop window.
A lot of work has to be done.

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But there is also some time for rest….and it is also a lot of fun to when you work in a good group and the shifts are well organized.

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So we hope to see you soon for the great opening, on Thursday June 19th at 6 p.m.

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TOUCH email invitation

An art jewellery exhibition showcasing the final work of eleven students, eight different nationalities, an expansive range of inquiry and a deep commitment to making.

Each series of work unfolds  a precise experience, hands speak in replacement of words, individual matters discuss universal themes in relation to the body as limit and extension.

Touch is an invitation to feel.

Organized by the graduating class,
the exhibition offers an array of strong individual voices at the same time being an example of motivated collaboration.

The students will be present during the whole duration of the show to talk about their work and experience.

Melissa Arias, Daria Borovkova, Amani Bou Dargham, Francesco Coda, Elena Gil, Sana Khalil,
Daniela Malev, Lillian Mattuschka, Carla Movia, Federica Sala, Maria Ignacia Walker.

Federica Sala

Federica Sala

 

 

Carla Movia

Carla Movia

 

 

 

 

Daniela Malev

Daniela Malev

 

Elena Gil

Elena Gil

 

Maria Ignacia Walker

Maria Ignacia Walker

 

Daria Borovkova

Daria Borovkova

 

Sanaa Khalil

Sana Khalil

 

Melissa Arias

Melissa Arias

at Basilica Galeria, Barcelona

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As always when we have news from graduates, we are proud and happy to announce Dinah Lee’s solo show at La Basilica Galeria, www.labasilicagaleria.com.

Dinah Lee, www.dinah-lee.com, is a Korean/American artist and she graduated from Alchimia two years ago. This exhibition is the result of a deep investigation into her Korean heritage. Jewelry and cultural symbolism have deep connections and are an interesting field to work on especially in this period of global nomadism. Where do we belong to, where is our starting point and where are we headed for.

Dinah has chosen the fingernails as her main subject – Sontob is the Korean word for fingernail and in Korean tradition a very important part of the body.

Sontob sculpture series, acrylic fingernails, varnish

Sontob sculpture series, acrylic nail tips, varnish

Social status has been associated with long nails by many ancient cultures, commonly equating long nails with high social standing. Additionally the Koreans believed that the fingernail was a receptacle for the soul or spirit. According to folklore, care was to be taken when cutting and disposing of fingernails to protect the soul from evil as it could assume one’s identity. This notion of mystery seems old fashioned to us these days, but it is interesting to note that fingernail clippings are commonly used as samples in DNA testing. It is as if the scientific has replaced the superstitious.

 

Sontob sculpture series, acrylic nail tips, varnish

Sontob sculpture series,
acrylic nail tips, varnish

 

In this solo show Dinah Lee is not only presenting jewelry but also a series of sculptures entirely realized with acrylic nail tips.
The colors totally refer to the Korean tradition and in this way she strongly addresses the duality of tradition, fashion, style and superstition.

As she declares in her statement:
Today the fingernail occupies the world of fashion and technology. Trendy colors combine with science for a ‘hard as nails’ fashion accent. Mass produced acrylic or fake extensions are also commonly worn. I found a unique creepiness to these disembodied forms. Especially in light of Korean tradidition and superstition. These fake nails bring up many questions as to how we reconcile the spiritual with the mechanized and mass produced. These are questions that I tried to investigate through the work presented here. I didn’t seek answers, only to explore through form, the possibility of expressing seemingly disparate concepts in a single work.

Sontob sculpture series acrylic nail tips, varnish

Sontob sculpture series
acrylic nail tips, varnish

 

Guardian King Medallion series ceramic, silver, silk

Guardian King Medallion series
ceramic, silver, silk

 

Guardian King W. - Medallion Series ceramic, silver, silk

Guardian King W. – Medallion Series
ceramic, silver, silk

Also the series of medallions have a close connection to the traditional Korean Medallion necklaces, in colors and materials.

Edition Pieces

 

Autor bijuterie, contemporana

Autor (click for link) is a platform that has been promoting jewelry design in Romania, for the last 6 years. At it’s 11 edition, the bi-annual fair is growing together with the designers and the design community it is supporting. Starting with the 10 edition, Autor became international. Together with the fair, the organizer put together a series of prizes in the form of workshops, booths at other fairs, magazine interviews, making this even all together more interesting. The fair is set in a popular venue in the center of Bucharest. Autor is the most exciting, contemporary jewelry event happening in Romania at this moment and for sure a “to watch” event for the rest of Europe.
This year, for the first time, Alchimia will have a booth at Autor, curated and installed by Izabella Petrut.

The exhibition consists of a selection of the Alchimia Collection (Rallou Katsari, Flora Vági, Monica Cecchi, Francesca Urciuoli, Marina Elenskaya, Lena Grabher, Naoka Nakamura, Nadege Roscoe- Rumjahn, Yu Chun Chen, Anna Drexel) and the recently born Alchimia Alumni Collective (ReNacimiento: Dinah Lee, Catalina Gibert, Andrea Coderch, Michelle Kraemer, Katie Gruber, Izabella Petrut).
The installation is called “Painting for the body, jewelry for the wall” and it puts emphasis on the fact that jewelry’s purpose is not only to be worn, and art is not only to be hung on the wall. The exhibition will display a selection of jewelry pieces that don’t want to be polite, comfortable or made out of precious material, but want to communicate a concept, an emotion, a sentiment, to raise a question or give an answer.
We hope we will ge photos soon

Catalina Gibert, M.A.R. Necklace

Catalina Gibert, M.A.R. Necklace

 

Izabella Petrut, The Circus, necklace

Izabella Petrut, The Circus, necklace

 

Michelle Kraemer, CumulusNimbus II, balsawood,silver

Michelle Kraemer, CumulusNimbus II, balsawood,silver, necklace

 

 

Katie Gruber, "Ladies" and the materials are shibuichi, pyrit, textile

Katie Gruber, “Ladies” and the materials are shibuichi, pyrit, textile

 

Dinah Lee, Bone-Appetit series, pendant

Dinah Lee, Bone-Appetit series, pendant

 

Andrea Coderch, You -missed-Sakura brooch

Andrea Coderch, You -missed-Sakura
brooch

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It is a real pleasure for us to announce the creation/foundation/ formation/constitution of the Alchimia Alumni Collective.

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This collective co-founded by Andrea Coderch, Catalina Gibert and Dinah Lee wants to be a new and open platform for past and future Alchimia alumni.

Our main goal is to showcase their and our work, so as to put contemporary jewelry on the map in a larger scale, introducing it to the general public as it is still an unexplored territory to many.Gradually, we want to be able to organize, create and participate in different events and exhibitions all around the world, in different cities.

Their First exhibition Tour is called reNacimiento

reNacimiento, the Spanish word for Renaissance but also a literal translation for rebirth, shows the leitmotiv of the evolution of our work after school.We reunite 2 years after graduating from Alchimia in 2012 and we collectively present this exhibition tour that will take us to the different cities that we each live in.

 

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Their first exhibition and  the first stop of reNacimiento Tour was in Valencia as part of Melting Point 2014 in the amazing ‘corniche’ of the Museum of Ceramics and Catalina Gibert and Andrea Coderch curated the  very simple but effective set up.

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Being AAC an open collective every exhibition will feature different artists, depending on the concept of the event and also on the active participation of Alchimia alumni.
The first reNacimiento stop in Valencia showed the work of Andrea Coderch, Catalina Gibert, Dinah Lee and Izabella Petrut and Andrea and Catalina had organized the event.

Andrea Coderch, You -missed-Sakura brooch

Andrea Coderch, You -missed-Sakura
brooch

 

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Catalina Gibert – M.a.r. neckpiece

 

Dinah Lee - Bone Appetit Series pendant

Dinah Lee – Bone Appetit Series
pendant

 

Izabella Petrut - blood on the ground neckpiece

Izabella Petrut – blood on the ground
neckpiece

 

Lots of people came to the opening in the Ceramic museum, it was the start and the most important location of the Melting Point 2014 with nine exhibitions on the various floors of the museum and reNacimiento was part of them.

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