|Sense of Wonder
The Chi ha Paura ? foundation i.e. Marijke Vallanzasca, Gijs Bakker presented a project under the name a 'Sense of Wonder'. Industrial produced jewelry is often non-poetic in nature. Sense of Wonder wanted to change this by asking designers to think about a perspective which is not just purely functional and material but is more than that.
Product and jewelry designers - from The Netherlands and abroad - have been invited to send in a design for a reproducible piece of jewelry, with a vision and/or new technology which will evoke Sense of Wonder.
The project is a more detailed implementation of the Chi ha Paura ? foundation objectives, i.e. the stimulation of conceptual jewelry, which is often more than jus decoration. In other words, jewelry in which the choice of material is subject to the idea.
With this project we want to emphasise new technology's expressive potential (materials, techniques, procedures). On the other hand we do not want to make the use of this new technology compulsory, since traditional materials may also be used in an expressive manner and call up this sense of wonder too.Whatever the perspective chosen by the designers, the piece of jewelry must be designed as a means of communication. We want to bring about wonder, surprise or amazement in a field, the jewelry field, which is still very classical and traditional.
Reproducibility of the jewelry, which is a very elementary notion
in the Chi ha Paura
? strategy, is a nateral part of this new project
as well. In consultation with the designer, the Chi ha Paura
will have the prototype carried out by the Zadkine vocational school in
Schoonhoven (senior secondary technical school for gold en zilver smiths).
The complete collection of Sense of Wonder has been acquired by the Museum
Het Kruithuis in Den Bosch, The Netherlands.The Mondriaan Foundation has
made it possible to produce a catalogue.