GINA MELOSI - 'Quartz Pyrite' Body Chain in copper
The Quartz Pyrite series was created specifically for the Curated By. exhibition, inspired by the duality of Ele x Knoops analogue/digital work. Each feature element is cast directly from a piece of natural gemstone. Prior to casting into metal, certain elements are carved out of wax or added in order to attach to chain, for example. A hallmarkof the designer's work is leaving some sections 'imperfect' and oxidised from firing so that there is a contrast between highly polished and rough and raw. This adds texture to the overall result.
This collection explores rough gemstones found in Butte, Montana, an old mining town at the turn of the 20th century, and the birthplace of Gina's maternal grandmother.
Materials / Details:
Title: 'Quartz Pyrite Body Harness - Bodypiece
Date of production: 2020
Materials: rosé gold-plated copper feature, fine red gold-plated brass chain (diamond-cut); brass, copper, and 925 silver findings