MIHAELA COMAN : CALLIGRAPHY RING, LETTERS NECKLACE, SUMI STICK BOX
Dimensions: Ring: 9 x 4 x 5 cm | Necklace: 90 cm | Box: 3.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 cm
Materials: Bronze, ebony and resin
Mihaela retells the stories she reads through jewellery that is figurative and inspired by books. Having been part of a publishing house for over ten years, it is natural that most of her inspiration comes from literature, including her first meta-narrative collection, ‘Gogol’s Overcoat – Literary Obsession’, which was selected for several exhibitions.
During her postgraduate studies at UCA, she has found further inspiration in the way other narrative jewellers tell their stories, focussing on honesty and authenticity, on expressing unique thoughts and emotions. Mihaela was first attracted to the written pages exhibited at the Crafts Study Centre in 2018. As a narrative jeweller, she found the mysterious, indecipherable calligraphy of Thomas Ingmire, written with sumi ink, particularly intriguing. She took the letters off the paper and re-built them in bronze within a necklace. She re-imagined the sumi stick by making one of ebony, and placed it in a bronze book-box. Finally, ebony letters, carefully placed in resin, a shank shaped like the bronze calligraphy letters, and an ebony stick, form the three-part ring.