“Empreintes 2017”, May

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May 2017

Highlighting works of Isabelle Busnel, Annie Huang, Yiota Vogli & Nicole Schuster.


“Empreintes” (Imprints) : trace left by a person.

36 contemporary jewelers from the 5 continents leave their mark at ALLIAGES, revealing us their dreams, showing us their imaginary world.

“Empreintes” (Impressions), the annual exhibition at Alliages, renewed continuously.

Schedule : Monday-Friday : 10h – 17h / Saturday : 10h-16h (during July & August saturdays are closed)

ALLIAGES : 111, Bd. Victor Hugo, F-59000 LILLE


Isabelle Busnel | “Victorian necklaces, stomachers, Berlin iron jewellery…the past is full of treasures. This new collection is about revisiting them with a twist in materials, shapes and colors.” (*)


Annie Huang | “Annie Huang is a South African-Taiwanese Jewellery Designer. Graduating from the Birmingham School of Jewellery, UK in 2015, her ’Sense of Belonging’ collection has been selected for exhibitions in the UK, The Netherlands, Hong Kong and most recently ‘Talente’ in Munich, Germany. Coming from a multi-cultural background, she has always questioned what her sense of belonging is. Her aesthetics are from nature, with a deep fascination for trees and creates her work with a concept of personal identity. The combination of the two results in intricately textured story-telling pieces. (*)


Yiota Vogli | “SHADOWS This collection is the embodiment of a fantasy world populated with shadows, exotic birds, grotesque demons and fairies, an exploration of the aesthetic and literary values of such creatures and the real and symbolic nature of the shadow as an image and a figure. We are aware of a tiny fraction of the thinking process that goes on in our minds, and we can control only a tiny part of our conscious thoughts. The vast majority of our thinking efforts go on subconsciously. Thoughts like birds will always hover high in the sky but is our responsibility to prevent the ‘birds’ from landing in our minds. Those creatures become symbolic statements and represent obsessions, our ideas and fears or projections of our subconscious. Based on this approach, they are merely symbolic representations of human psychological states.(*)


Nicole Schuster | “I was born in the “city of 100 fires” in the area of Ruhr/Germany, famous for its (almost former) coal and steel mines. The furnaces, gasometer, headframes, the bridges over motorways and rivers are fascinating me, as the stories that lie within and the continuous change and the rich culture that grows out of that retired industry.  I work about the relation of nature and culture, as an opposite, as an addition, as a process. The tension between the environment created by humans and the final recapture of nature over the structures and ruins is flowing into my work, creating wearable sculptures that appear like poetic places or abstract landscapes.” (*)

(*) Text & pictures provided by the artist


The Annual Exhibition, 2017


Alix Manon, Ana Garcia Moya, Annie Huang, Aurelia Yeomans, Beate Pfefferkorn, Charlotta Lindvall, Claudia Steiner, Hakan Aktug, Isabelle Busnel, Izabella Petrut, Jason Thomson, Juan Harnie, Juan Riusech, Katja Toporski, Kristin Beeler, Ksenia Vokhmentseva, Lital Mendel, Mabel Pena, Mar Sánchez, Margarita Alonso, Margo Nelissen, Marita Sario, Masako Hamaguchi, Michelle Kraemer, Minna Karhu, Natasha Morris, Nicole Schuster, Noelia Macchi, Sébastien Carré, Sinéad Cooke, Suvi Tupola, Teresa Faris, Veronika Fabian, Viktoria Münzker, Viktoria von Malottki & Yiota Vogli

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