Philisa Zibi, Jo­han­nes­burg

Condé Nast House & Garden - - OBSESSIONS -

The look ‘My brand, Ma’art Jew­ellery, fo­cuses on con­tem­po­rary pieces with a sim­plis­tic de­sign, ab­stract geom­e­try and sculp­tural forms.’ Sig­na­ture ma­te­rial ‘I mainly work with brass, sil­ver and wood, how­ever, the type of ma­te­rial I use tends to change de­pend­ing on the nar­ra­tive I am at­tempt­ing to con­vey through the in­di­vid­ual pieces.’ Phi­los­o­phy ‘I draw in­spi­ra­tion from my sur­round­ings, par­tic­u­larly ma­te­ri­als and ob­jects dis­carded as be­ing use­less. I col­lect th­ese pieces, lit­er­ally, from the ground and use them to tell a story. Aes­thet­i­cally, though, I’m very drawn to mod­ern art, es­pe­cially the treat­ment of form in Cu­bism.’ My jew­ellery is for peo­ple who... ‘Are aware of de­sign. The peo­ple who un­der­stand that jew­ellery and the body must in­ter­act and the way that jew­ellery can add to an in­di­vid­ual’s vis­ual ap­peal. My next move is... ‘I am cur­rently work­ing to­wards a con­tem­po­rary group ex­hi­bi­tion with Tin­sel gallery, which al­lows me the op­por­tu­nity to fo­cus on the more con­cep­tual side of jew­ellery de­sign.’

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