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At Hermanus FynArts — Private Gallery Napier

We both are present at the Hermanus FynArts from 8 to 18 June in Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa. Yvonne exhibits her jewelry designs in Hermanus gallery. 9 to 11 and 16 to 18 June she will be present there herself. As for Herman: Try to find his work in one of the different galleries […]

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I’m the ‘Beauty in the Dust’

The beauty in the dust
“The moon is bland in colour. I call it shades of grey … And to find orange soil on the moon was a surprise.” Gene Cernan, astronaut, Apollo 10, Apollo 17

When artist Yvonne de Wit came to South Africa from her native Netherlands, it was with an open mind and with what became a growing fascination in the different types of rock and soils that the southern part of this great and diverse continent had to offer.

Through experimentation, she discovered that grinding diverse stones and pieces of rock found in different locations, offered up extraordinary colours, unusual ‘dusts’ that, when framed in silver, produced jewelry that reflected the land in a very different way.

jangle-dangle1Ideally, one needs to handle each piece of her collections to see, understand and appreciate the skill with which she works. Consider her chandelier earrings, for example. The artist explains that she picked up stones, ground them finely and then felt they would work as three ‘pendants’ from the ear. But they needed to balance. If one looks at the final pieces, one will see how delicately, intricately and exquisitely each pendant hangs, individually, from a tiny common point. They are not soldered together; each of the three pendants somehow hangs perfectly in place. And in harmony with its opposite piece on the other ear.

For the artist, this says something about nature, and our place in it. How, ideally, our relationship with soil, air and water should be in perfect balance. How delicate that relationship is. And what surprises the dust of the earth harbours for us, despite our many preconceptions. Like the astronaut who expected shades of grey on the moon — and found orange. While Yvonne has an innate connection to the soil beneath her feet, she recognizes that water has an inevitable and appealing connection. During whale- watching in Hermanus one year, she was fascinated not just by the creatures themselves, but also by their habits. wave2The result? Her finely crafted ‘whale’ pendant. No, it is not the animal itself she has re-created (although many might think so). The artist was entranced by the very fine combination of water and air, expelled from the blow-hole as the whale rises to the surface and exhales. Yvonne has captured a moment essential to life on earth — exhalation before inhalation.

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Choose and buy Online

Where ever you are; London, Paris, LA or New York: you don’t have to travel to Napier in South Africa to buy unique fine art photographs or designer jewelry. Just choose and buy online.

 

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Let’s talk Earrings

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Complete designer collection only available at Private Gallery Napier in Napier, Western Cape, South Africa. Wish to buy online? Fill in the form in the contact page of that website (PayPal possible and electronic bank transfers within EU without additional charges). Within South Africa online purchases are also possible at Faithful to Nature.

 

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Let’s talk about bracelets and pendants

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(Complete collection available at Private Gallery Napier)

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Let’s talk rings

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Original Designer Jewelry (jewellery) in Private Art Gallery, Napier, SouthAfrica

For online purchase contact via website or (within South Africa): Faithful to Nature

Pictured: earrings, necklace, pendant, studs and ring

Materials: Sterling Silver, Brass and naturally bonded soil particles from diverse origin within South Africa