img.0Marija Puipaité, Embracing Touch collection - photo by Vytautas Narkevicius
During Duch design Week 2016 Marija Puipaité introduced her work on jewellery. She created a personalize collection which lines following perfectly body lines. Embracing Touch is the evolotion of her graduate project for Design Academy Eindhoven.
In this study the designer used the curves of her legs, placed in different positions, to form sculptural seating that fitted perfectly to the form of the body.
Before tourning her attention in jewellery, the experiment continued and Marija Puipaité worked with various materialssuch as ceramic and glass.
Starting from that, she developed a vision where each jewel fits closely to specific parts: The Embracing Touch jewellery collection.
During her work the designer chose intuitively which body parts to focus on until she decided to center her attention in angular area sas well as places that allow for softer shapes.
"I take the human body as a tool, and a reason for forms and their function to appear, I'm taking the design process as a game, and trying different ways to exploit the body."
Each piece is made using wax plates, which are placed straight onto the body to cast the shape. The wax is then sent for casting before the final piece is sanded and polished.
This method allows jewellery to be individual customised, although according to the designer different bodies share "surprisingly" similar shapes.
She's also researching the future possibilities of creating jewellery from digital scans of people's bodies.
"I chose subjectively beautiful places," added the designer. "I let myself pick without reasoning, and the rest has to be naturally given by the body."
The Embracing Touch jewellery was presented first time during Dutch Design Week 2016.
img.1Marija Puipaité, Embracing Touch, necklace - photo by Vytautas Narkevicius
img.2Marija Pauipaté, Embracing Touch, necklace's detail - photo by Vytautas Narkevicious
img.3Marija Puipaité, Embracing Touch, bracelet - photo by Vytautas Narkevicius
img.4Marija Puipaité, Embracing Touch, earring - photo by Vitautas Narkevicius
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