Art alone doesn’t make someone a creative genius. Inspiration and experimentation are fundamental to realise unique and original pieces. A trip can transmit that type of creative component that is missing to realise a project. The forms of nature, the rare materials and the treasures of hidden worlds: all these let Eleonora Ghilardi bring on display a series of masterpieces in continuous renewal.
Through the emotions of being in contact with earth, of water noises and of the scent of flowers, simple drawings have been turned into special jewelry. Eleonora’s projects start from several trips that lead her to discover our planet. With the help of her artistic training. These experiences are then translated in rings, pendants and earrings. With every piece digging deep roots in the place that inspired it.
Who is Eleonora Ghilardi
Eleonora Ghilardi is a perfect observer, nature lover and environmental-passionate soul; she never touches what she photographs while traveling. But she always reports the preciousness of details by recreating the features from scratch, all according to her nature-conservative identity. Just like every traveler should be.
The love for discovery takes Eleonora and her husband to explore a new area of the planet every year, and they’ve been doing so since 1996. Their dream is to travel all the 5 continents and complete a tour around the world.
“American parks were for me the most extraordinary experience ever lived“, says Eleonora. For this reason, she visited them twice, and still she would go back to review a few missing details. She explored Utah and Arizona for the first time in 2007, and in that time she took inspiration for the Landscape collection, hand-molded porcelain with a lively palette of color inserts. The second time, in 2014, she used those breathtaking views not only as a supplement for her project: they also became the location for her catalog.
The series was presented at the Homi Fair in Milan last January, and the name already tells the inspiration. Even in the case of the experience in New Zealand - “It is Wonderful!”, Eleonora states – colors turned on the light bulb of the imagination. Earrings, brooches and pendants with a resin and bio-concrete base combine the iridescent shell fragments that Eleonora first took picture of, the perfect symbol of the Tasman sea pristine waters. The molded wax then gives life to the bronze jewel while taking the form of coral fragments.
Eleonora remembers that “They are small pieces of nature returned to the sea […] so spectacular that it was impossible not to give them new life“. This collection also features the Fiordland line, born in 2012. These pieces are made of porcelain, lichens and bronze, a conceptual evolution with the capacity to revisit the details that recall the fjords of the South Island of New Zealand.
Sakura is Eleonora Ghilardi’s latest project, the only one based on adventure that still has to be faced. In fact, Eleonora will fly to Japan in April to admire Sakura itself, that very cherry blossoming she took inspiration from for the namesake collection. The petals are really important for the artist-traveler: they are carefully observed, so delicate and light that they fly away with the first whirl of wind. She recreated every details using red and gilt bronze. Traditions are also very important: “For the Japanese – says Eleonora – there is a sacred veneration of this moment of the year. It’s called Hanami, and it means watching the triumph of nature“.
Thanks Eleonora for the interview, and good luck for the future.
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