From melting the Sterling Silver pellets and flattering/shaping the bars to the making of my designer jewellery is all manual work. Except for the use of a drill, a soldering iron and a polish machine my jewellery is created under my hands. No laser cuttings or production punching just working with hand tools. Most of my jewellery are single pieces or in limited series and because of the manual labour every item of a small series differ from the others.
After numerous days of Lockdown the South African government allowed businesses to order at their suppliers and so, at last, I was able to stock some Sterling Silver again. I’m working on it; first the design followed by melting the pellets into bars and shaping these into the desired elements. Next these elements are laid out and at the moment I am soldering them together. After that I pre-polish the different items and fill these with my own paste of soil-particles. The paste is derived from the sap of different plants like the Euphorbia resinifera and others. The paste binds the soil-particles but need a natural drying period of up to two weeks. The end result is frost, water and heat resistant.
Now you also understand that it does not come cheap like mass produced jewellery. My designs are original mine; that’s an extra.
Except via a few selected shops and galleries I retail directly from home (Private Gallery Napier) and at special art related markets in the Western Cape, South Africa. As soon as the borders are open I can also mail order my jewellery again to virtually any destination around the world.
After more than 50 days of lockdown I can order silver again. The lockdown in South Africa effected people in a severe way; not only food parcels had/have to be distributed but also mentally damaging in the sense that normal personal contact such as handshaking, visiting friends, etc. are prohibited.
In the meantime I’ve been working with scrap material which I still had in stock. Just playing. See for yourself.
The jewellery with the flexible rings is fairly new. The ring itself is made of rubber and one size fits all. These are all unique titems.
bracelets waiting for the polisher
somewhere in de workshop
pasta bowl with flexible ring
My husband made a special portfolio for me on his portfolio website.
See for yourself and enjoy.
Handmade of South African Sterling silver combined with century old pure copper.
“Now I am dressed! Thank you Dear Valentine”
Model shoot with Lauren Kehl. All jewellery designs by ME. Photography: Herman van Bon
Well …. I started 2019 in slow motion and ended up high speed. The last week of December I had time to contemplate and yes; 2020 is a new year with lots of opportunities. I think more unique single pieces and limited series. No casting; all handmade from scratch (from melting sterling silver pellets to the shaping of every single piece).
The second line (recycling) is in an upwards trend amongst the group between 40 and eternity.
Another activity is workshops where groups between 5 and 10 participants learn to make jewellery from treasures of the sea such as shells, driftwood and kelp. The first bookings (including from overseas) are in. It’s an ideal opportunity for people who want to celebrate their birthdays in an unusual setting, for corporate functions and for more adventurous travellers who want to avoid the tourist traps, etc. etc.
Anyways here a compilation of a few new designs of last year, some ‘bestsellers’ and activities such as workshops and displays at art events and so on.
For the third year in succession I participate in the ‘Favourite Things Market’ at Gabrielskloof in Botrivier. This is an upmarket event where people from different parts of South Africa and from abroad do their Christmas shopping.
Since recently I’m engaged in workshops. Today was the first day of a 2-day workshop for around 25 participants. It went well and I was amazed by the natural talent of the participants and the production of beautiful jewellery made of findings along the beach. I am assisted by Carin Maehr (in the main photo third from right in the frontline)
This weekend I’n exhibiting in tow places during the Tulbagh Arts Festival in Tulbagh, Western Cape, South Africa.
Manley Wine Estate:
With the theme “Broken” in mind, I picked up minerals from
different areas in the Western Cape and twigs from the Catawba vine.
The tendrils of each twig embrace their distinctive stone and
became their own narrative objects, metaphorically telling the story
of the cycle of life; the purposeful journey towards an
as-yet-unknown destination; stillness in motion; here and there;
With the slightest vibration the Iron Crystal house on the edge
will slide and likely fall off the copper plate.
In the Town Hall:
Yvonne de Wit studied Fine Art in the Netherlands and lives in South Africa since 2000.
Inspired by the Overberg mountains she collects minerals.
For this exhibition she challenged herself expressing her delicate relationship with the elements transforming these into interactive objects.
Her previous Land Art projects led her to combine minerals with Sterling Silver into unique designs.
Yvonne exhibits her ‘Down-To-Earth’ Jewellery Collection in the Town Hall.
First there is the ‘Down-to-Earth’ collection; made of Sterling Silver combined with naturally bonded earth- and rock particles. These go together with own design and handmade packing.
Next to the Down-to-Earth collection I recycle old metals into new jewellery and I make sculptures. See for yourself: