and so, maybe: maybe metal hides some other way of Expression. Maybe: in seeing it move under the hammer blows, in colours that change at the heat of the fire; in the forcing of bends, or tips or blades inside it - or against it. In taking it out of the acid, matt - silvery. In polishing it with Love. In letting it standing out strong, and contrasting, against fabric and skin and hair: extending lines of force, pushing the beholder's eyes - or yours - deeper, Inside.
It's an Art by itself - even if "minor" and mistreated: and she needs affection. Yes - affection.
Hi!, I'm Davide. I try to be a metalsmith. My other vices was good prose, and is powerlifting.
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There we'll be

At the Dialoghi Incantati exhibition, in Verona, 8-20 oct. 2013, with the Cangrande brooch [yep, I still have to finish it]. Here the organization. Here image and words from the press release:



The exhibition "Enchanted Dialogues: Brooches in Tribute of Verona" will be held in the deconsecrated church of San Pietro in Archivolto next to Verona’s Cathedral, from October 8, 2013 to October 20, 2013.
Curated by Nunzia De Feo and organized by associazioneNur√≤ under the patronage of Verona’s Town Council and Verona’s Province with CantinaCastelnuovo del Garda’s contribution, it has been set-up thanks to the foresight and generosity of Verona’s Cathedral. Given the pressing economic stagnation, Monsignor Antonio Finardi, Verona’s Cathedral Parish Priest, aware that having a job is inseparable from a human being’s dignity, asserts:  "It is important to encourage and be close to those who are actively involved in experimenting and exploring new possibilities and  solutions".

As the title suggests, the show invites visitors to engage with the artifacts displayed in intimate and spontaneous conversations inside of which old memories, disjointed emotions and forgotten anecdotes can emerge.
The exhibited works evoke Verona's yesterdays and todays along with its territory, open windows on its future in an all-round vision that embraces the enviable artistic and cultural heritage by virtue of which, Verona has been declared World Heritage Site by Unesco. Moreover, thanks to their mixing painting, architecture, sculpture, poetry, technical expertise and design, they easily pose themselves into a genre of goldsmith research called "sensitized jewelry" (Bernabei, 2011, p. 37).

The event, indeed, focuses on ornaments for the body within  conventional or reduced sizes, showing a renewed interest in color, a clear crossing of two-dimensionality, a strong and indomitable attractiveness for alternative materials without disdaining the recycled ones and finally a re-evaluation of the wearability premise.

These pieces seem to remind us of the precious teachings of Bauhaus professor Johannes Itten.  In his 1961 treatise, he shows that color in painting, as well as disclosing the author’s chromatic DNA, can carry out three different values, one inseparable from the other: conventional-symbolic, able to impart a meaning preconceived a priori  inside a group identity, expressive, committed to effectively enhance the subject which it refers to, or realistic, stretched out to transfer tangible elements accurately. To cite an example, the expressive use of pure color that reininvigorates shapes by Corrado De Meo matches either the symbolic one of Martha Pachon or the realistic one of Vicky Ambery-Smith.
In addition, their combinations and assemblies of different flat surfaces and rounded forms, clearly reveal their debt to Avant-Garde sculpture and architecture thanks to which they can master space with increasing security  and distinctly conquer  three-dimensionality.
Maybe due to the costly price of precious metals and of an inventiveness devoid from the oppression of having to satisfy status symbol needs, the protagonists are ceramic and glass beads next to enamels and cameos without neglecting resins, silicone, semi-precious stones, natural yarns, fabrics and feathers as well as brass, copper and thickly coated silver, colored or even lacquered in the Japanese way, and lastly residues from recycling.
Final consignee of these brooches, although mediated by the garment, which it will inevitably  be based on, is the human body since jewels, as is now widely recognized (Bernabei 2011), lose their identity and their value when separated from it.
The essence of these brooches is similar to poetry, vivid and concrete evidence of their makers’ workmanship, able to combine the legacy of never died down manual skills, of craft traditions and / or technological virtuosity derived from the design world with a free mind and a generous heart. Indeed, if a design can be projected with the rationality of the human mind then passion and personal insight will guide its execution.

THE EXHIBITION SET-UP
Three are the thematic areas that constitute the main focus of the event:
-architecture of Verona: monuments and dynamism
- Verona in the past: customs and cultural traditions
- paths: growing in "Hope"

THE PARTECIPANTS
Invited to deal with the ambitious project are some leading figures in the international contemporary jewelry world next to young talents from different countries outside of Europe, too. They are joined by the artist Anna Galtarossa, arising to world attention thanks to the Moroso Award in 2011, who, for the first time, confronts herself with a jewel.

LUIS ACOSTA (AR/NL), VICKY AMBERY-SMITH (UK), LUIGI BARATO (IT), LEAH BECKER (USA), ALICA JANE BOSWELL (USA), LILIA BREYTER (AR), PAULA BREYTER (AR), PAULA BRUNO (AR), ISABELLE BUSNELL (UK), MARIANO CONTIN (IT), CINZIA COSTANTINI/STEFANIA GERBO (IT), PATRICIA CRUZ (IT),  NUNZIA DE FEO (IT), CORRADO DE MEO (IT), PIERALBA DE ROSA (IT),  LUISA DE SANTI (IT), CLARA DEL PAPA (IT), SUZANNE ESSER (NL), ANNA GALTAROSSA (IT), LUCIA GIGENA (UY), SUZANNE GOLDEN (USA), MARIANNA HADASS (UK), JOANNE HAYWOOD (UK), ROBERTA HIBBERD (UK), AGNIESZKA KIERSZTAN (IT), RITA MARTINES (IT), MIKIKO MINEWAKI (JP), MARIA ROSA MONGELLI (AR), VIKTORIA MUNZKER (AT), MARTHA PACHON (IT), MABEL PENA (AR), PAOLA PEREZ (BO), PATRIZIA POLESE (IT), ZOE ROBERTSON (UK), NIKI STYLIANOU (GR), DAVINIA TORIJA (ES), JULIE USEL (UK), STELLA VALENCIA (CR), DAVIDE ZAMBON (IT), MELANIA ZUCCHI (IT).

ASSOCIAZIONE NUR0’
AssociazioneNurò, born in Verona in January 2013, aims to be a driving force to promote knowledge of contemporary jewelry and reinvigorate its credibility inside the general public. Through the organization of exhibitions, workshops and conferences encourages a deepening of matters that engage in the world of ethics, law, fashion and wellness. In its mission hopes collaborations with public and private institutions.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Bernabei,  R., 2011. Contemporary Jewellers. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
Itten, J., 2002. Arte del colore. Milano, 3° ed. : il Saggiatore.
Curator: Nunzia De Feo, August 2013


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