Our Small Wonders series showcases new jewellery design from Switzerland, and this month our investment reporting features the work of Alicia Rosselet, a jewellery and accessory design graduate from Geneva.
Roots and Horns is a jewellery project inspired by Alicia Rosselet’s Swiss ancestral roots. Rosselet’s research explored Swiss traditions and customs, in particular the elaborate costumes of the Appenzell region.
As traditional dress is now very rarely worn, Rosselet sought to revive it in a contemporary design collection.
Ornament is an important feature of many traditional costumes, and in Appenzeller outfits, fine embroidery and jewellery are key focal points. Men’s jackets are often worn open, and jewellery is worn with a chain clipped between the buttonholes – a device reflected in Roots and Horns. Contemporary embroidery-style detailing also features throughout the collection.
My aim in making the collection was to combine traditional materials with modern materials. What else but cow horns can best symbolise true Swiss tradition? Alicia Rosselet
In the making of Roots and Horns, Rosselet combined traditional hand-crafting techniques with modern manufacturing methods. The jewellery collection features intricate graphic designs that Rosselet created on computer. The designs were programmed into a CNC laser-cutting machine, then precisely engraved onto hand-crafted horn.
The Roots and Horns collection has been exhibited in Geneva.
Our attention was first drawn to Alicia Rosselet’s work by Gesture, a jewellery collection she created whilst studying at the Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence. Working under noted designers such as Peter Bauhuis, Ruudt Peters and Doris Maninger, Rosselet explored new techniques and materials to create this highly-experimental project.
The concept behind the collection was inspired by the Italian’s use of highly-expressive gestures. Rosselet hoped to capture the essence of key gestures, and fix a precise moment in the movement as a shape.
The resulting forms are entirely organic and no two are alike. The Gesture jewellery collection combines silver with less conventional materials, such as wax and silicone, and showcases Rosselet`s skills as both a designer and jeweller.
The jewellery collection takes centre stage in a surreal and intriguing collaboration with Moos-Tang, an independent photographic/visual art team. These theatrical and highly-stylised images of Gesture would not look out of place in an art gallery or high-end fashion magazine.
Another notable collaboration is Collective A6 – a design group formed by Rosselet and five other students on her jewellery and accessory design course. Collective A6 launched its first design project at the B-SIDE Festival; a contemporary jewellery trail running through downtown Amsterdam. The What’s Yours? project invited visitors to assemble a unique necklace design using composite parts from a specially designed booklet of illustrations. A jury then selected three winning designs to be brought to life by the Collective A6 designers.
The What’s Yours? project was also presented interactively at the acclaimed Jewellery Unleashed! exhibition at Zurich’s Bellerive Museum in 2012. This exhibition of ‘rule-breaking jewellery’ was presented in collaboration with Arnhem Museum of Modern Art.
About Alicia Rosselet
Alicia Rosselet graduated from the Jewellery and Accessory Design BA course at the Haute Ecole d’Art et Design (HEAD) in Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. Her work has been exhibited in group shows in Milan, Florence, Amsterdam, Zurich and Geneva.
As a recent graduate, Rosselet is now building a career in jewellery and accessory design. In order to better understand the relationship between creator and client, she is currently undertaking an internship with the Valery Demure Agency; a London-based agency specialising in PR, marketing and sales for international jewellery and accessory design talent. Alicia Rosslet is also working on a new design collection.
- View the full Gesture project online at the Moos-Tang website.
- To view the full Roots and Horns jewellery project in PDF format, click here.
- On 22nd April 2013