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Contemporary Italian jewelry show opens in Tel Aviv

Nine women artisans featured in Bella Gioia!

Contemporary Italian jewelry show opens in Tel Aviv

(By Kate Carlisle) Tel Aviv, April 15 - Contemporary art exhibition Bella Gioia! in Tel Aviv is a celebration of jewelry by nine Italian women artists who are unwavering in their belief that jewelry is "one of the highest expressions of art and design." says gallery owner Ermanno Tedeschi. Showing at Tedeschi's gallery in the city's Bohemian neighborhood Neve Tzedeck from April 30 to May 6, all the women participating in the show express "their way of being by creating jewelry that originates from strong emotions and from a primitive, creative intelligence," says Carmela Callea, director of the Italian Institute of Culture in Tel Aviv. Curators Valeria De Simoni and Fabiana Magri have put together works that are full of life have been molded with a playful attitude to brings together imagination and reality. It is the first event in Israel by Creativity Lab ICPO, a melting-pot organization that brings together professionals operating in different fields - like art, design, food and fashion - with various experiences and skills - including management, communications, fundraising and social networking - from different countries. ICPO is a sort of "creative kibbutz" where ideas can be nourished and supported, says Magri. "We are not an agency or company, but a group of thinkers networking to develop ideas," Magri says. Clothing is emboldened by accessories, a "powerful expressive code," says Di Simoni. Starting in the 1930s, artists like Picasso, Man Ray, Calder, Dali' and Giacometti conceived of jewelry as reduced scales of their greater works and used the body of an alternative exhibition space. Today, contemporary jewelry is an art unto itself. "It is considered a separate discipline that, beyond the formal constraints of the visual arts and regardless of precious materials, stands as a true experimental research characterized by freedom of expression," Di Simoni says. Eco-friendly artists' cooperative 2me, born from a partnership between Hannika Cereda and Fabiana Cortesia, creates its designs from recycled plastic objects, textiles and metals. Their collection, Postcards from Cogoleto, tells the story of a place and its industry, taking left-over scraps and injecting them with new life and meaning. Genoese artist Elena Cavallo uses what she calls "little treasures" found in dusty attics and basements. Old buttons, antique beads and hat pins are all mounted into sinuous lines that embellish necklines. Another artist of Genoese extraction, Bruna Chiarle, instead dips into the many expressions of glass for her works, using techniques like cutting, engraving and grinding to create unique design pieces. Sisters Camilla and Valentina Gallo form Jamais Sans Toi jewelers and work with clay and ceramics to bake and glaze vibrant pieces that are both elegant and theatrical. Nature is Elena Martinelli's creative muse. Through oxidation and patina methods she models light and shade into metal jewelry for what she calls an "introspective journey". Caterina Sciancalepore, who works under the name of Nericata, creates delicate porcelain necklaces using ancient know-how and contemporary creativity. Laura Stefani and Eva Franceschini (Laura and Eva) from Padua scrape the bottom of the barrel for top-notch results, using recycled everything then giving it a gloss that brings it to life, making pieces that become protagonists. Every piece stands out as unique and one of a kind, made to bring Bella Gioia - meaning something precious and beautiful in Italian. After all, says Callea, "beauty is nothing but the promise of happiness".

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