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.
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)