The Space where Discourse, Singularity and Quality meet
Some months ago Irene and I joined the Asociación Joyas de Autor (Jewels d’Auteur Association). We took that decision because we consider that the fine jewelry pieces we create in accordance with Decimononic’s principles fit the features of identity inherent in Jewelry d’Auteur according to this non-profit organization.
Thus, a Jewel d’Auteur:
- Has been conceived and designed in the development of a creative project with its own discourse and it is frequently endorsed by the use of the name of its creator as trademark. In this way, a jewel d’auteur is a piece of jewelry ‘with full name’.
- Has been manufactured with handmade or semi-handmade processes, never mass-produced, with an emphasis on unique pieces and short series.
- Is normally made of precious metals and gems. Nonetheless, this does not imply the complete exclusion of other materials. The key is that the concept of jewelry d’auteur is synonymous with utmost quality, in terms of its materials and finishes as well as its usability.
We are aware that the traditional jewelry industry hardly gives space for this kind of proposals, while in the world of contemporary jewelry it is rarely welcome either; the latter considers Jewels d’Auteur too classical, the former too experimental. Nevertheless, we are convinced that there is a place for Jewelry d’Auteur and therefore it is time for us to vindicate ourselves.
Jewelry d’Auteur matters
We have three reasons to make this statement:
- We believe in the relevance or our personal discourse and we are not willing to attach strings to our creativity.
- We believe in the beauty of singularity and we are not willing to give up on craftmanship.
- We believe in the importance of quality, both of materials and finishes, and we refuse to give up on the pursuit of perfection.
We, like all the members of the association, create Jewelry d’Auteur by choice. The important thing is not if we are 10, 100 or 1000 people, but what really matters is the very thing that binds us: we take pride in creating fine jewels with a proper name.
1.- Who is Lisa Gerrard?
Born 12 April 1961, Lisa Gerrard is an Australian musician, singer and composer who rose to prominence as part of the music group Dead Can Dance with music partner Brendan Perry. In addition to singing, she is an instrumentalist for much of her work, most prolifically using the yangqin (a Chinese hammered dulcimer).
Dead Can Dance released over nine albums from 1984 to 1995. The band split in 1998, but reunited in 2005 for a world tour. In 2012, the band announced a new world tour to coincide with the release of Anastasis, their new album (Irene and I were lucky enough to attend their concert in Madrid).
Lisa Gerrard has released four solo albums: The Mirror Pool (1995), The Silver Tree (2006), The Black Opal (2009) and Twilight Kingdom (2014).
Films Among the many films and documentaries she has scored or contributed to are Gladiator, Insider, Whale Rider, Black Hawk Down, Heat, Ali, King Arthur, Tears Of The Sun, The Mist, Salem’s Lot, A Thousand Roads, Ashes & Snow, Layer Cake, El Nino de la Luna, Balibo, Henry Poole Is Here, Solo, Playing For Charlie & Ichi.
Lisa has recieved Golden Globe nominations for Insider and Ali and Oscar Nominations for Gladiator and 4 International awards for Whale Rider.
2.- About the song ‘Seven Seas’
‘Seven Seas’ is the sixth track of the album ‘Twilight Kingdom’, released this year on Gerrard Records. The array of collaborators for this album includes Patrick Cassidy, Daniel Johns, Astrid Williamson and has also incorporated words by fellow Australian Russell Crowe.
Like the remaining nine tracks of this album, ‘Seven Seas’ is a melodic song without any percussive elements. We have chosen it due to its overwhelming beauty (and inspirational video).
We share with you some inspirational words today:
‘1. No one is you and that is your biggest power
It’s YOUR VOICE. Cherish it. Respect it. Nurture it. Challenge it. Stretch it and scream until it’s f**king gone because everyone is blessed with at least that, and who knows how long it will last… […].
Who’s to say what’s a good voice, and what’s not a good voice? The Voice? Imagine Bob Dylan sitting there singing ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ in front of Christina Aguilera’.
David Eric Grohl | Source: ‘Top 5 Ways to a Better Life According to +Dave Grohl’ – Christy Ramsey at G+
You are unique. Enjoy it, nourish it, be proud of it.
Remember: be Singular.
‘A Mugler woman is a conqueror who holds the reins of her own life’.
I.- Who is Thierry Mugler?
French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler is a living legend, thus there is no need to write a long biography this time. However, we would like to share whith you some of the milestones of his career to date.
Grotesque, fascinating, macabre, haunting. These adjectives describe the fascination of mankind regarding the natural mysteries of our planet. If you are interested in cabinets of wonder, you cannot afford to miss this blog post about The Last Tuesday Society and The upcoming Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities.
What is the The Last Tuesday Society?
The Last Tuesday Society was founded in 1873 at Harvard by William James & brought to London as a ‘pataphysical’ organisation in autumn 2006 by The Chancellor Viktor Wynd & The Provost David Piper. The society is dedicated to subverting life, the universe and everything bored of the life and world it sees around it seeks to create a new world filled with beauty, wonder and the imagination. The Society presents a veritable feast of experiences and productions.
Who is Viktor Wynd?
As his official website states, ‘Viktor Wynd is a multidisciplinary artist working in the fields of installation and relational aesthetics, often creating and manipulating vast and elaborate subversive social situations involving casts of up to 200 performers and many thousands of participants’.