Stanislav Drokin’s Ac­ci­den­tal Dis­cov­ery Of For­got­ten In­dian Craft

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view, STANISLAV DROKIN spoke to ADORN about the for­tu­itous connection be­tween his award-win­ning piece and a hitherto for­got­ten an­cient In­dian dou­ble cast­ing tech­nique called Ganga-Ja­muna.

Adorn - - SPOT LIGHT -

When I was ex­per­i­ment­ing with hy­brid cast­ing to make Two Rivers, I found out from a US col­league that this kind of pro­duc­tion process had been briefly de­scribed in Oppi Un­tra­cht’s book “Jew­elry Con­cepts and Tech­nol­ogy” (printed in US by Dou­ble­day & Co. 1982). The book de­scribed the method of dou­ble cast­ing as Ganga-Ja­muna, named af­ter the union of two rivers in Al­la­habad, that was used for many cen­turies in In­dia. Prod­ucts of var­i­ous pur­poses were cast by this method con­sis­tently with two dif­fer­ent met­als or al­loys, mainly cop­per and bronze.

This came as an in­cred­i­ble sur­prise to me! By com­pre­hend­ing our in­ner world, we dis­cover the truth and knowl­edge of the past!

I have been en­gaged in jew­ellery art for many years, but un­for­tu­nately, I did not know about the method of dou­ble cast­ing Ganga-Ja­muna. I had been cre­at­ing the Two Rivers ring through Hy­brid cast­ing sub­con­sciously. Later, when I fin­ished the project and found out about Ganga-Ja­muna, I be­gan to study what I had done by fol­low­ing my in­stincts.

The cop­per part of the ring is made in the form of a stylised hexag­o­nal star, in the mid­dle of which is a cen­tral stone, like Brah­man in the cen­tre of the In­dian hexag­o­nal hex­a­gram. The shank of the ring, made out of gold in its upper part, rep­re­sents in­fin­ity. Most of the stones sur­round­ing the cen­tral stone are gar­nets, which change in colour from green-blue to bur­gundy.

In­dia is a coun­try with cen­turies-old cul­ture and tra­di­tions. For­give me if I’m wrong, but the Gan­gaJa­muna method, as­so­ci­ated with the cul­ture and achieve­ments of In­dian jew­ellery art, is al­most un­known or lost to the world!

In a world where modern tech­nolo­gies re­place cen­turies-old crafts­man­ship and tra­di­tions, no tech­nol­ogy can repli­cate what was cre­ated in an­cient In­dia us­ing the Ganga-Ja­muna method.

I am glad that I have dis­cov­ered the Gan­gaJa­muna method by my­self, and have re-in­tro­duced it to the world!

To heighten the sense of com­pe­ti­tion, the win­ners were de­clared by a jury com­pris­ing renowned names in the art world – Elis­a­betta Bar­rac­chia, Condé Nast Mag ac­ces­sory di­rec­tor; Maris­tella Campi, fash­ion and cos­tume jour­nal­ist; Gianni De Liguoro, founder mem­ber and de­signer of the high fash­ion jew­ellery brand De Liguoro; Guido So­lari, founder-owner of the Am­brosiana Gold­smith School in Mi­lan via Savona 20; Astrid Berens, di­rec­tor of Sier­aad Art Fair in Am­s­ter­dam; Dan Piersi­naru, di­rec­tor and founder of the magazine ded­i­cated to con­tem­po­rary jew­ellery Au­tor; and Irina Sle­sareva, di­rec­tor of Jew­elry Review Magazine. The jury had a tough task of se­lect­ing the most de­serv­ing pieces for tech­ni­cal skills, ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, orig­i­nal­ity and re­search.

The three win­ners of the Artis­tar Jew­els 2018 con­test were the Ukrainian de­signer and gem­mol­o­gist Stanislav Drokin, Ital­ian art mas­ter and art di­rec­tor Tiziano An­dorno, and Ital­ian gold­smith teacher Rosamaria Venetucci. The three win­ners were awarded free par­tic­i­pa­tion in the project for the 2019 edi­tion. Ital­ian graphic de­signer Angela Si­mone won free par­tic­i­pa­tion at the Sier­aad Art Fair sched­uled for next Novem­ber in Am­s­ter­dam and the Ja­pa­nese de­signer Hiyu Ha­masaki will be a guest at the fair ded­i­cated to con­tem­po­rary jew­ellery in Bucharest. De­signer Fed­er­ica Por­tac­cio was cho­sen by Guido So­lari, founder of the Scuola Orafa Am­brosiana in Mi­lan in via Savona 20, to take part in a pro­fes­sional gold­smithing course.

Over thirty cre­ations were cho­sen to travel in exhibitions in Euro­pean gal­leries such as the ICKX Con­tem­po­rary Jew­elry gallery in Brus­sels and Eleni Marneri Ga­lerie in Athens.

The ex­hi­bi­tion also show­cased works of world-fa­mous artists such as Yoko Ono, Pol Bury and Faust Car­di­nali.

“The event was a great suc­cess,” said Enzo Car­bone, founder of Artis­tar Jew­els. “This edi­tion has had an in­crease in vis­i­tors, press and buy­ers; for the next year we plan to in­crease the num­ber of gal­leries abroad with which to col­lab­o­rate. For this rea­son, there will be a rig­or­ous se­lec­tion of artists so that we con­tinue to main­tain a very high stan­dard.”

All works on dis­play can be pur­chased on www.artis­tar­jew­els.com n

STANISLAV DROKIN, Two Rivers, ring in 18-karat yel­low gold, patina cop­per, star­lite (zir­con), gar­nets that change colour, blue di­a­monds, tour­ma­line and sap­phires. (Win­ner)

TIZIANO AN­DORNO, Spade di luce, blond ru­ti­lated quartz, pet­ri­fied di­nosaur bone, 18-karat gold and di­a­monds. (Win­ner)

KATY TROMANS, Ra­pun­zel, ster­ling silver 925. (Special Men­tion)

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