Jewelry collection for Denisa Nova’s fashion design A/W 2015 collection.
3d prints gold plated
Winner of the Czech Gradn Design Award / Best Jewelry Designer 2015
photo: Karin Zadrick

This collection is about the brutality and the deepest expression of  hopes and dreams. It also talks about the preservation of a historical material and historical memory.

Collection of jewelry called YOU ARE WHAT YOU WISH FOR works with the concept of Milagros which is deeply rooted in Iberian and Latin American culture. These little religious charms are expressions of hopes and desires of the petitioner. The golden body parts were created using a 3D scanner and photogrammetry to create 3D digital files of the closest members of my family (see  - My child). Digital tools let us work with 3D images which are charged with a lot of personal emotions and intimacy. These are just like photos of loved ones carried around in the purse.

Denisa Nova in her A/W 2015/16 Collection on the other hand is literally working with relicts. She found old Persian fur coats in a market in Belgium. The oldest ones are from twenties. Than she had to restore the fur, leather and lining. From these preserved pieces she had created new designs. Persian fur comes from little lambs of Karakul sheep, the finest fur even from unborn cattle... This is of course ethically unacceptable. To work with such precious material, reminds of creatures once living their short lives, means to extend the existence of their physical presence.
Thinking about the original fur coat owners also leads our thoughts into the troubled European history of the 20th century. I recalled a childhood memory of watching the historical documentary about the Second World war. There were pictures of body parts sorted in piles. Germans used dead bodies from the concentration camps for further production, such as making soap, fine leather, matraces from hair.... Recalling that picture in my mind, the jewelry collection of body parts has got another possible meaning.

Photographer Karin Zadrick was able to express these interpretations in her photography exceptionally well, I was very moved to see them for the first time. The human figure is emerging from the shadow, showing fragments of a human figure in dialog with the jewelry. The identity of the posing model is wiped out by covering the face with hair, playing with dressing her purposely in a non logical way. It is hard to read the orientation of a body form on the photos, The safe understanding of a reality is compromised.