On Thursday 23 May, START launches the next chapter of Noemi Klein’s ever-evolving jewellery story. Drawing on a rich history of ocular symbolism and iconography, ‘Epoch 5: Strange Volitions’ is a collection that we’ve certainly had our eye on for sometime, and we can’t wait to give you the opportunity to feast yours on some truly expressive and impressive jewels.
Noemi Klein hails from the West German countryside. Moving away from this pastoral idyl to relocate to East London as a jeweller in 2000, Klein remains transfixed by the natural environment. In London, Klein looks at nature from a distance, creating pieces that captivate with their great subtlety and abstract beauty. For ‘Epoch 4: Underwater Constellations’, Klein plumbed the depths of the ocean floor to update her continual turn to nature. Epoch 4 focuses on the organic detailing of endo- and exoskeletal elements from crustaceans and other deep sea creatures, forging compelling jewels and challenging our conception of the mundane.
For ‘Epoch 5: Strange Volitions’, Klein continues to use her unique mind’s eye to comment imaginatively on the notion of vision itself. The collection combines the sensory fragility of the eye with the sharp physicality of the material world that Klein has been drawing on for her collections so far. For Klein, the eye is redolent of the early twentieth century Surrealists, inducing feelings of peculiar disembodiment and detachment. Joining forces with photographer Alexander Binder, who shares her passion for the abstract and surreal, Klein presents a collection of dreamlike forms with considered, microscopic detailing. The artisanal workmanship of carving and casting that makes Klein’s pieces so eye-catching is, quite rightly, at its height in this very ocular collection.
Sneak a peek at ‘Epoch 5: Strange Volitions’ at START on Thursday 23 May at 18.00. Enjoy a drink with us and the designer herself. We’ll also be giving you the chance to win a standout piece from this awe-inspiring collection. For more information, visit our Facebook Event. See you there!