I was invited to take part in the Mattia 2012 Series, a custom series of PigQee’s donated by Toy2R to be customised to raise money for research and raise awarenes for the Mattia Fagnoni Association. I have donated work before to this cause which is run by Francesco and Simona, based in Italy who are the parents of 5 year old Mattia who has “Sandhoff Syndrome”, a genetic, degenerative and lethal disease.
I have a child the same age as Mattia and this charity is one that has particularly touched me and it is an honour to take part in another one of their shows with artists from all over the world.
“Bloom” is my contribution and one of the first custom toys that I have incorported jewellery in. With my Applied Arts background I have been producing one off and limited edition figures with jewellery components for quite a number of years now. I am excited to begin to bring my 2 worlds of jewellery and toys together.
The idea for me is quite simple, jewellery is a form of wearable art, but what do you do with it when you’re not wearing it? Jewellery is sculptural and can be displayed and enjoyed as part of the character and I enjoy the aspect that part of a character has a secret function and when you are wearing the necklace you know it is part of a bigger picture.
The necklace is hand made resin pendant on an oxidised silver chain, the chain can be adjusted to be worn on two different lengths. The chain of the necklace drops down into a slot in the head and the pendant sits on a resin post.
This will be available at the show later this year in Italy.
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