All posts tagged: pencils

Interview: Maria Cristina Bellucci and her coloured-pencil jewellery

A beautiful melding of art, costume and functionality are all at work here with this range of jewellery by Rome-based, Maria Cristina Bellucci. But what I think is most astounding is that they are all made from coloured pencils. Yep. Coloured pencils. How amazing are they? Having studied stage design at the Rome Academy of Fine Arts and jewellery art techniques at the San Giacomo School of Ornamental Arts in Rome; taken a microflaming masterclass with Master Giovanni Corvaja at Le Arti Orafe in Lucca and an Intensive course, Alchimia in Florence, Maria’s creative background is as varied as the many exhibitions in which she has featured. Intrigued, I wanted to find out more. Here she tells me how she started and what inspires her. And a big thanks to Maria for answering in English! (I’ve done only minor edits to keep her voice true). Tell me about your background – where are you from? I was born in a village in the north of Rome. I spent a happy childhood free to explore nature with friends. I’ve …

A Concrete Comeback

Concrete – a cold, hard unforgiving material reminiscent of 70s Eastern block buildings and industrial flooring? No longer my friends. Concrete is being transformed. Check these out … Pendant lights that look like crumpled paper are, in actual fact, made of concrete. German designers Miriam Aust and Sebastian Amelung’s Like Paper collection completely blows one’s usual thoughts of concrete out of the water. Using a rotation method of moulding, the designers spent a year and a half perfecting their idea and, wow, did it pay off! Read more about them over at FastCoDesign. Something closer to home – the humble candleholder. Nice What about concrete jewellery? A sketch pencil Or mini concrete speakers? It seems the possibilities are endless.