Milan, February 3th 2016
This year again Artistar Jewels represented the beauty and the originality in a totally new location: Homi Fiera Milano. The language of the contemporary jewel changes year after year and Artistar Jewels shared its new expressive features through an exhibition collecting jewellery designers and artists coming from all over the world. Numbers speak for themselves and highlight a great success: 81.450 visitors came to the fair and among them there were several internationals.
The winners of the Artistar Contest 2016 were awarded during this event. All the participants to the project took part in this competition. The totally new aspect of the contest is the voting modality: not a jury of selected experts in the sector but the web users. All of them could register in the web page Artistarjewels.com and express their own preference. Three candidates were chosen by the public as winners: with the ring Desitini, Artisticalmente di Leonardi Emanuele, Roman goldsmith with a very conceptual design, Artefatto, goldsmiths brand from Lecce characterized by a high quality and innovative craftsmanship that was awarderd thanks to the ring Melograno - Il Mito di Persefone, and Angela Malhues Torres, artist deeply influenced by the woman’s role in the Mapuche culture, the pubblic chose her necklace Healing.
The Homi exhibition’s protagonists are the different shades of the contemporary jewel: design creations, innovative craftsmanship and jewels/sculptures characterized by very artistic features. A very captivating setting up increased the value of the exhibited pieces by charming the observer with very innovative and original supporting structures. Not painting canvas but precious wonders were framed and hung to the walls as if they were paintings to be admired. The gold, the precious stones and the silver shone in the display cabinets by taking the forms of bracelets, neckpieces, rings and earrings characterized by a linear design or by more articulated shapes. It was also created a more interactive section in which the necklaces hung from a rope enhancing the relationships between the observer and the exhibited object.
The event also hosted the official launch of the book Artistar Jewels 2016 with the participation of Enzo Carbone (Artistar Jewels founder), Eugenia Gadaleta, fashion communication and writer for Vogue Gioiello, Klimt02 and Gloria Tonini, editor of the famous magazine Collezioni published by Logos Publishing. These journalists made the event even more special by underlining how the project Artistar Jewels satisfies the increasing demands to communicate and promote the always evolving jewellery sector. And now we are curious to meet the new protagonists of the next editions project.
We are a collective of designers, architects, journalists and communication expert aiming to promote design and creativity. Through the web portal www.artistar.it, we connect all the key players in the industry by offering multiple services. The portal collects numerous professional operating in the art and international contemporary jewelry sector in order to offer them a dynamic and rich network. Website subscribers have the opportunity to create a personal profile that can be managed independently, providing information related to their job: a virtual storefront to spread their creativity easily and in real time. Site visitors can have a look at the pieces, learn about the design philosophy of their creators and might contact the artists. Registered users can enjoy a wide range of services useful for promotion and work training. They are also offered contests, free workshops, events, business partnerships and much more.
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The past two years of Artistar Jewels meant the world to me. The 2018 edition was the primary reason that I made my brand official. I had been designing and creating for many years but mostly as a student. My confidence in my work wasn’t all that high but when you all took notice, it made me begin to take what I do seriously. It was a huge learning experience: I came home with a new mission to step up my game and I feel like I did just that. My confidence in my art continues to grow thanks to this amazing project.
Describing Artistar Jewels in three words? Audacious, professional and ambitious. Visibility is an important component, especially for those like me who come from "solo" projects. The opportunity to be part of this project and the possibility of being published in a contemporary jewelry book together with other talented artists from all over the world was really exciting and rewarding, especially after much work spent growing and establishing myself as an artist.
The professionalism, genuine care, devotion and distinctive selection of the magniﬁcent diversity of work distinguish Artistar Jewels. It is an honor and privilege to exhibit with them. All of the work in the 2019 edition was extremely fascinating. The quality and diversity of materials, styles and execution of the art was astounding. I look forward to Milano Jewelry Week. Milano is a global center for art and design and a perfect place for this event. The presence of artistar jewels will greatly enhance its stellar success.