Sunday, 15 September 2013

Celebrating PIN

PIN - site

PIN is the Portuguese Association of Contemporary Jewellery. It was created in 2004 and through its first decade it has contibuted to the development and spreading of contemporary jewellery.

One of the several projects promoted by PIN is the anual planner, which is now on its fourth edition and its main goal is to share PIN member's jewellery works with a broader audience.
As PIN is celebrating its 10th birthday on September 2014, the fourth edition of this publication (Agenda Dois Mil e Catorze) is the first project to mark the date. It gathers more than 40 pictures of members' interpretations of the proposed theme Celebração (Celebration). Some pieces offer a more personal perspective, other pieces are more directly related to the 10th birthday celebration of PIN.

Renata Porto | Oferenda, 2013 | Object | Photo credits: Stefan Patay

As a member of PIN, and more recently part of the direction board, I've participated in this project, not only with a featured jewellery piece, but also as a member of the production team.
Although it was a hard task managing so many different sorts of information included on the anual planner production, it was a real pleasure to communicate with several jewellers and being an active part of all this!

Catarina Dias | Pedra Longa, 2013 | Ring | Photo credits: Pollyanna Freire

My piece featured on the planner is a colaborative work with Katja Tschimmel, who was my Masters tutor and invited me to intervene in a wood piece of hers that needed a jewellery detail to be complete.
Starting from her concept related to maternity, I made a copper element to be placed inside the wood piece.

So, the final result is Maternity Egg, a hand piece to be held and pressed on the moment of birth giving. The child's name and birth date can also be engraved on the copper stem, making it an inheritance jewel.

Katja Tschimmel + Aurea Praga | Maternity Egg, 2002 - 2013 | Hand piece    

Most of the pieces included on this edition of the anual planner are displayed in a gallery in Lisbon - Galeria Tereza Seabra - until the 4th October 2013. The opening was last Monday and it was particularly special for me, being among so many jewellery makers and jewellery lovers! (See more photos here and here and here).
I highly recommend a visit to this Celebration ehxibition!

PIN Members at the opening | Photo credits: Eduardo Sousa Ribeiro
Me, Katja and the Maternity Egg