Alice Waese interprets constellations and mythology along with the tradition of passing jewellery down through generations. Her raw aesthetic is alive and well in this latest collection, with pieces like the Hydra and Vela rings left unpolished for a matte and earthy finish. Waese has honed her intuitive approach to the creation of sculptural jewellery, for which she developed a unique process of hand molding and casting wax. She has made use of untreated, natural materials throughout, including untumbled gold and silver, as well as unpolished grey diamonds which are set individually or in dense, sparkling pave.
Waese is known as an artist and designer whose inner world spills out across jewellery, books and clothing with equally fantastical results. There are five books filled with her surreal watercolour drawings that also contain a piece of jewellery; carefully concealed in the back pages a gold hand, skull, voodoo baby or tooth. Both nightmarish and dreamlike, Waese looks at nature, dissects it and spins from her imagination wearable creations that demand a story of their own.
Following her stint as design assistant with Maria Cornejo in New York and study at Goldsmiths in London, her art practice began forming as a seasonless brand in 2012. Two years later she debuted a unisex clothing collection in Paris. Currently she is working on line of cutlery, plus a collection of small brass imagined animals and hybrid sculptures.
When I asked Alice what sustainability meant to her, she described moving in the world with a kindness and an understanding that it is much bigger than us and has been here for much longer. For her it’s about making conscientious choices with this in mind.
‘Slow and conscious, pieces are created in limited numbers to create something special and lasting. I am very much uninterested in quantity and disposable objects. The nature of the jewelry itself is that is intimate, with you always, you only need a handful,’ she says with a smile.
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