Community. Engagement. Advocacy. Humor.
Alfredo Gómez • Alicia Giráldez • Begoña Prats • Carla García • Carme Roher • Carolina Giner • Clara Niubó • Elisa Pellacani • Eva Burton • Eva Girbes • Fátima Tocornal • Gemma Canal • Lola Gratacós • Lourdes Carmelo • María Díez • Marta Roca • Montse Basora • Montserrat Lacomba • Nicole Deuster • Núria Anguren • Paula Bahadian • Rosa Nogués • Sandra Llusà • Silvina Rio • Simón Mazuera • Stéphanie Barbié • Xus Anglès • Yaiza Alemany
Introduction by Silvia Walz
In 2008 I had the idea of founding a working group for jewellers in Barcelona. Personally, I would have loved that idea having finished my studies at the Fachochschule Hildesheim in 1990.
University is a sort of island where the students can live out interesting ideas and make them happen without too many difficulties.
The difficulties come precisely one month after finishing ones studies: Now what?
Suddenly, survival is all that matters … What can or can’t sell? These are questions which hardly mattered when studying.
Then, those pretty thoughts and creative projects all fade into the past and one sinks easily into the everyday and any motivation for making interesting jewellery completely disappears.
The Taller Perill, founded by Alicia Giraldez gave me the chance to extend my work as a teacher at the Escola Massana, such that in 2008 I suggested the “Joyas Sensacionales” (Sensational Jewellery) project for both ex- students and jewellers who wanted to work together.
Sensations, feelings were precisely the subjects with which I wished to stimulate and motivate my group of people. The themes chosen had to be open enough to give everyone the chance to find their own way, whilst I also wished to allow space for an exchange and for open discussion.
Thus, in September 2008, I began to involve a number of innocent ex-students in my initial project, rapidly finding enough victims for the first theme “the forgotten”. The Galeria Amber-Art provided the amber and exhibited the finished works in their gallery.
Here was another important point for me: I not only wished to motivate the jewellers into making personal work, but also hoped that these pieces could be shown in galleries and further, that they would sell.
In this way, over the past nearly 5 years we have shown different projects in various galleries in Spain, Andorra and Germany.
So far the group comprises 16 artists nearly from the beginning and every year there are some of the graduated students who join some month in the group. Depending on the theme, there are guest artists who have formed part of the project’s display.
I hope that we can still share many sensations and that this project has plenty of life ahead.
Who wouldn’t want to live on an island where the market isn’t the driving force?
Coordinator Silvia Walz, 2013
Hole in the moon (2013). Brooch
Colored porcelain, wood, silver and prolab
100 x 60 x 30 mm
Swing (2012). Brooch
Enamel, copper and nickel silver
120 x 80 x 20 mm
The impossible II series - No title (2013). Brooch
Copper, nickel silver and paint
60 x 70 x 50 mm
Enchanting landscapes series - The naivety of Riding Hood (2013). Brooch
Wood, paint and nickel silver
100 x 100 x 30 mm
No title (2013). Pendant
Gold, silver and steel wire
60 x 35 x 10 mm
Structure and emptiness series - Piece II (2013). Pendant
Nickel silver, black porcelain and steel wire
50 x 100 x 30 mm
No title (2013). Brooch
Copper, nickel silver, silver, wood, alabaster, enamel and paint
70 x 95 x 20 mm
Eternal and happy life (2012). Brooch and earrings
Copper, silver and enamel
100 x 50 x 15 mm
Petium, creaturas de la marea series - Petium IV (2013). Brooch
Reclaimed wood, paint and steel
130 x 70 x 40 mm
Primitive awakening series - Piece V (2012). Brooch
Nickel silver, wood turning and paint
90 x 40 x 15 mm
The Impossible - Piece III (2011). Brooch
Enamel, brass and copper oxided.
65 x 60 x 20 mm
The Impossible series - No title (2012). Necklace
Nickel silver, paint and textile
500 x 50 x 35 mm
The Impossible II series - No title (2013). Brooch
Nickel silver, copper, enamel, wood and lapis lazuli
50 x 40 x 10 mm
Ingredients for the memory series - I remember a story of gods (2012). Necklace
Metal, glass, wood, bone and plastic
250 x 20 x 20 mm
Portrait of the Infanta Margarita (2013). Brooch
Copper, enamel, brass and gold leaf
130 x 75 x 3 mm
Vital spaces series (2012). Pendant
Oxidazed nickel silver, brass, resin, fiber and paint
170 x 35 x 20 mm
Impossible nature series - Piece I (2013). Brooch
Silver nickel and resin
110 x 80 x 20 mm
Impossible landscapes series - Words and Landscapes
[to Jacint Verdaguer, poet] (2012). Brooch
Engraved and enameled copper, oxidized copper and silver
55 x 95 x 15 mm
No title (2012). Ring
Silver, methacrylate and stainless steel
40 x 35 x 30 mm
Chimeras (2013). Brooch
Electroformed copper and wood
60 x 70 x 35 mm
Grandpa's time machine series - Piece I (2013). Brooch
Silver, copper, nickel silver, brass, steel, wood and plastic
120 x 50 x 10 mm
Etérea series - Nopal (2012). Brooch
Glass, nickel silver, silver and stainless steel
70 x 60 x 45 mm
No title (2012). Pendant
Textile, gold-plated nickel silver and bronze
80 x 60 x 90 mm
The Invisible series (2012). Brooch
Silver, nickel silver, porcelain and paint
70 x 80 x 15 mm
Templum series - Sein Phoo (2013). Brooch
Rusty steel / brooch: felt, wood, and steel magnet
71 x 16 x 30 mm
The impossible II series - No title (2013). Brooch
Resin, jesmonite and nickel silver
55 x 85 x 25 mm
Jewellers series - Jeweller I (2012). Pendant
Copper, cold enamel and linen
50 x 45 x 27 mm
No title (2012). Necklace
Brass and fireproof cable
420 x 100 x 15 mm