An anonymous commentator who pronounced the Face Distorting Jewelry by Burcu Buyukunal as "meaningless drivel" completely missed the point I try to make when I feature avant-garde jewelry designers. These artisans are at the forefront of innovative jewelry making. Their unusual designs do indeed push the boundaries of what is considered normal.
Sure, some of the jewelry will never become mainstream but then, innovation is also about failing sometimes. If you don't try to fly, then how would you soar? One artisan who did is Alissia Melka-Teichroew.
If the first blush of youth is long past, and the specter of hip replacement surgery looms ahead, then you will appreciate her Jointed Jewels Collection. This osteologically inspired jewelry series is based on the ball and socket joint used in industry and as surgical replacements.
Instead of constructing her jewelry as separate jointed pieces, they are produced as a whole. She used a technique called selective laser sintering to make a ball inside a ball. Her innovative concept thus transforms a mundane industrial connector into adornment. I must add that some of her designs like the one above reminds me of molecular models used by chemists which are simple ball and joint affairs.
The now Brooklyn based artisan was born and raised in The Netherlands, the product of a French mother and an American father. Known for her New-World-Old World mash-up designs, her quirky products have been sold worldwide.
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