Alice Waese: Expressive details

12.09.2015 | Text Callie Barlow | Photo Alice Waese

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She’s Mercedes catches up with jewellery designer Alice Waese as she gears up for Paris Fashion Week.

Jewellery designer Alice Waese is an up-and-coming force working with metal, leather, knits, and watercolour—basically anything she can get her hands on. Trained in the Fine Arts at Goldsmith’s, University of London and experience as Assistant to Maria Cornejo, it comes as no surprise that each of her crafted objects are treated as if they were a unique sculpture. The gestural surface and organic qualities of casted materials allow the wearer to see the artist’s own hands in the work as they seek to mould the material and find their form. These works provide expressive detail to a wrist, an ear, a collarbone a finger, and illustrate hundreds of pages inside of her latest three books.

Sculpture and jewellery are one and the same to me.

Alice Waese

What are you currently working on?

Currently working up to my presentations for SS16 Paris and artist in residency at Hostem during Frieze London in October.

You recently came out with a limited edition book of prints, SPRING FUR, with hidden jewellery in the pages, can you talk about this?

SPRING FUR is my 4TH limited edition book. The first two: Those that Are and Those that Don't and HORSE BACK follow the same structure. They are all editions of 20, printed in London on a risograph printer. They are the paintings and drawings which relate to the collection, in the back pages there is a small cut out where a piece of my jewellery is hidden, like where you would hide something precious. I usually make the paintings before I start the collection and they serve as a kind of find a framework for the 3D work.

You studied fine art at Goldsmiths, and often cast found objects to create jewellery - can you speak to your relationship between sculpture and jewellery?

Sculpture and jewellery are one and the same to me, the only thing different is that jewellery is small and has holes for body parts in it. Also I get to use precious materials and feel right about it.

How are your jewellery and metal works similar or different from your own personal style?

I think it reflects my personal style very much; I make things that I want to wear. My fingers are usually fully stacked with the collection.


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You worked as Design Assistant to Chilean born, New York-based designer Maria Cornejo (Zero + Maria Cornejo) – how has that influenced your metal work?

Maria designs very organically, both in her process and also the final outcome of her forms. This greatly influenced the way I work, and the type of things I make. Maria always has special objects, emphasises and values beautiful things. She really respects craftsmanship, and in many ways, this pushed me towards sculpture and jewellery.

What do you hope to accomplish this year?

I would like to make more work and see it exhibited in more spaces, galleries and beautiful stores.

Personal motto or theme song?

Oh, they're always changing!

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