Exhibition Silver in Process at Silver Museum Schoonhoven

 

2019 June

Bending, conducting, reflecting, and structuring – guided by the versatile characteristics of silver thread, envisions collaborated with Nederlands Zilvermuseum to explore the contemporary possibilities of silver at large. In traditional crafts, this refined execution of silver was often used as its delicate contouring qualities allowed for a great diversity of shapes and volumes. With mass production as its focal point, envisions’ work presents us with a modern vision on this valuable material, aiming to stimulate its sustainable development in the industry.

To achieve this, three envisionaries — Simone Post, Jeroen van de Gruiter and Vantot — have been challenged to think about using silver thread in a mass-produceable application. In this project too, envisions focus is on the starting point and the creative process, rather than the end product. The collection therefore shows the results of experimental material research that is receptive to further development and aims to inspire craftsmen and the silver industry.

”A refined feature of the traditional filigree technique are the twisted silver threads that give this technique its recognizable appearance. Fascinated by this delicate craft, Post investigated how contemporary technologies can be used to expand the diversity of wire structures. Pushing the wire along gears with different teeth gives the wire a distinctive structure. If the wire is successively pushed in a perpendicular direction by a gear wheel, a structure can be elicited in two directions, resulting in a three-dimensional wire.”

 

 

 

Made possible by: Stichting Stokroos
Photography: Ronald Smits
Animations: Elvis Wesley