Jewellery at ‘Creative Napier’

Yvonne de Wit is my wife and together we run Studio98 in Napier, South Africa. Yvonne designs and create jewellery made of copper, Sterling Silver combined with natural bonded (no artificial resins) earth particles/pigments which she adds layer for layer in the designated parts of her jewellery. This is a very time consuming work.

As far as known she is the only jeweller in this specialism. It took her 2 years to discover (and experiment with) the right plant material to bind the earth/pigments to a solid, frost-, heat- and water-resistant stone.

This coming weekend we are part of of the art event Creative Napier where 14 artists from the village present their work in 10 locations.

Follow the hashtag #creativenapier


CREATIVE NAPIER #PopUp Art Weekend24 – 26 September 2021Fri to Sun: Daily from 10am – 5pm.
Yvonne’s and my work at Studio98 at 98 Sarel Cilliers Street (main road) in Napier; 100 meters pass the church towards Bredasdorp.

Some more Photo-Graphics

A ‘Photo-Graphic’ is basically a photo with added textures and digital in-painting/drawing.

More ‘Photo-Graphics’ (and jewellery of my wife Yvonne de Wit) via https://studioon98.art/blog/

OPEN WEEKEND

This weekend, Saturday and Sunday 20 and 21 March 2021, Studio 98 in Napier, South Africa, is open for the public between 9:00 AM and 17:00 PM.

The studio is home of jewellery designer Yvonne de Wit and photographer Herman van Bon. Address: 98 Sarel Cilliers Street, (main road), Napier.

Look into the relevant pages of this site to find out more about this extra-ordinary creative couple More details via

https://studioon98.art/2021/03/16/open-weekend/

You are welcome!!!

The Beauty in the dust

(Ode to my wife Yvonne de Wit who designs and create original jewellery from treasures of the South African Earth)

 

“The moon is bland in colour. I call it shades of grey … And to find orange soil on the moon was a surprise.” Gene Cernan, astronaut, Apollo 10, Apollo 17

When artist Yvonne de Wit came to South Africa from her native Netherlands, it was with an open mind and with what became a growing fascination in the different types of rock and soils that the southern part of this great and diverse continent had to offer.

Through experimentation, she discovered that grinding diverse stones and pieces of rock found in different locations, offered up extraordinary colours, unusual ‘dusts’ that, when framed in silver, produced jewelry that reflected the land in a very different way.

Ideally, one needs to handle each piece of her collections to see, understand and appreciate the skill with which she works. Consider her chandelier earrings, for example. The artist explains that she picked up stones, ground them finely and then felt they would work as three ‘pendants’ from the ear. But they needed to balance. If one looks at the final pieces, one will see how delicately, intricately and exquisitely each hangs, individually, from a tiny common point. They are not soldered together; each of the three pendants somehow hangs perfectly in place. And in harmony with its opposite piece on the other ear.

For the artist, this says something about nature, and our place in it. How, ideally, our relationship with soil, air and water should be in perfect balance. How delicate that relationship is. And what surprises the dust of the earth harbours for us, despite our many preconceptions. Like the astronaut who expected shades of grey on the moon — and found orange. While Yvonne has an innate connection to the soil beneath her feet, she recognises that water has an inevitable and appealing connection. During whale- watching in Hermanus one year, she was fascinated not just by the creatures themselves, but also by their habits. The result? Her finely crafted ‘whale’ pendant. No, it is not the animal itself she has re-created (although many might think so). The artist was entranced by the very fine combination of water and air, expelled from the blow-hole as the whale rises to the surface and exhales. Yvonne has captured a moment essential to life on earth — exhalation before inhalation.

#Design and #CreationYvonne de Wit – Jewellery
#PhotoModelMaggie Chinjati Mhango and Lauren Kehl
#Portraiture #Photography Herman van Bon

 

Designer jewelry

My wife’s jewelry pictures at the Lourensford Market in Somerset-West in South Africa (every Sunday).

Original designs handmade of South African metals such as  Sterling Silver, Brass and Copper; often combined with South African colorful soil- and crushed rock particles.

Hermanus FynArts

Every year there is this art festival in Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa. Plenty of sculptures along the Cliff Path but not this year. It’s a meager outdoor exhibition but the few sculptures I saw are interesting. The event, including some concerts, workshops, etc. started last Thursday and ends this Sunday 18 June.

More worthwhile is to visit the different art galleries. Their level has gone up significantly in the past few years and some of them can match themselves with the best in South Africa and abroad. There are 11 of them (if I’m not mistaken) and all within walking distance. Four artists from my village have work on display in Van Rossouw Frans Mulder), Originals (Ulrich Riek), Hermanus Gallery (Yvonne de Wit) and Walker Bay Gallery (me).

Here a few images of the outdoor event.