By David Brough
BUCHAREST, Romania – Sixty cutting-edge jewellery designers presented their work at the AUTOR Contemporary Jewellery Fair, displaying an array of inspirations and materials.
Two thirds of the designers at the May 6-7 show taking place in a period building in Bucharest’s cobbled Old Town, came from overseas, including Italy, the UK, Greece, Argentina, Turkey, Venezuela and Moldova.
All of the designers had been pre-selected to exhibit at the show by an international expert panel.
The designs at AUTOR were eclectic, with inspirations drawn from dreams, the home, childhood concerns, smells and sensations, and many more themes.
Materials used were also varied, comprising everything from silver, stainless steel and brass to reinforced coloured paper, resin and pigments.
Buyers were mainly European collectors and jewellery aficionados looking to express their own personalisation.
Exhibitors included a Rotterdam-based online gallerist, www.thesenseofbeauty.com, presenting their clients’ pieces.
Many of the designers were delighted to take bespoke orders.
These included Ines Bonadeo, from Buenos Aires, who had travelled further than anyone else to be present at the show, and launched a new silver jewellery collection, called “Tenaz”, reflecting the impact of nature on life around us. Please see the interview with Ines @jewelleryoutlook on Instagram.
Other designers included Inca Starzinsky, whose jewellery included pieces inspired by her children’s thoughts; Deelyn Walsh, inspired by architecture and sculpture; Italian artist Fabiana Fusco, who says her inspiration includes the home, dreams and gender equality; and Romanian designer Cleopatra Cosulet, who has a very personal design inspiration, and crafts her pieces using resin and pigment. Interviews with these designers can be found on Instagram @jewelleryoutlook.