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We are delighted to announce that Zoe received an Honorable Mention at the Cominelli Foundation’s International Competition for Contemporary Jewellery 2012

COMINELLI FOUNDATION’S COMPETITION FOR CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY 3rd edition of the Cominelli Foundation’s International Competition for Contemporary Jewellery 2012 organized by the Foundation and the AGC Contemporary Jewellery Association43 artists have been selected to take part in the Competition

The participation this year was dominated by young talent and therefore the jury decided to take up this aspect and promote upcoming jewellery makers.

The jury’s choice for the first prize could not be resolved, so it was decided to split the first prize between both the favored artists. This decision was made because the two submissions, though from opposite positions, were deemed to have the same level of quality in innovation, in the use of materials and investigation. Both of the artists’ works presented attention to detail and revealed sensitivity in their fine craftsmanship.

Jasmin Matzakow’s two brooches carved in precious wood represent abstract forms that are discovered and gradually removed from the material in a meticulous painsaking systematic process, revealing an inner life of the material she works in.
Seul-Gi Kwon
builds up organic forms in silicone reminiscent of sea life, playing with colour, texture and forms. The transparency in the material almost evokes the delicacy of Murano glass in spite of the warm and oily quality of the silicone they are made from.

The second prize has been awarded to Bernhard Stimpfl-Abele for his electroformed brooches combining the unconventional use of fine silver and polystyrene and orange peel. In these pieces he creates an unusual combination of textures that are perceived mainly by the eye instead of the hand.

The three nominations are to Emmanuel Lacoste’s scenographic photographs enquiry into the status of jewellery, its symbolic and historical value and the ultimate ephemerality of these qualities. For Zoe Robertson’s bubbleshaped brooches and their humerous combination of and sensitive use of uniform colour and patterned areas and to Chiara Scarpitti’s fine and poetic imagery in combination with patern.

Contemporary Jewellery today represents a sector of advanced research, experimentation of new expressive languages and the enhancement of the concept of personal adornment.The Cominelli Foundation aims on becoming a reference point for applied arts, not only an exhibition space but a place where applied arts “are done” through workshops and related conferences.The AGC, Contemporary Jewellery Association, founded in 2004, is the promoter of numerous projects nationally to encourage and spread contemporary jewellery culture. The association works in close contact with the international jewellery community, organizing many events to stimulate a constructive and synergetic comparison with other artistic and productive realities.Two prizes and three special mentions will be awarded to the participants in the exhibition.The First Prize of 3.000 euros will be awarded to the artist whose work best represents contemporaneity in the world of jewellery.The Second Prize a laptop will be awarded to the artist who is the most technically innovative.The 3 Special Mentions will be for the research and experimentation of new languages.The selection of the 43 participants in the competition was organized by Maria Cristina Bergesio, Historian of Jewellery and Contemporary Jewellery, author of important publications on the art of jewellery.The criterion for the selection was the quality of goldsmith’s art, the originality and the contemporaneity of the pieces, represented in the registration phase, by photographs.

The selected artists :

ADAM GRINOVICH, ALEXANDER BLANK, ANA ALBUQUERQUE, BERNHARD STIMPFL-ABELE JI CHANG CHAI, CHIARA SCARPITTI, DANIA CHELMINSKY, DIANA DUDEK, EMMANUEL LACOSTE, FARRAH AL DUJAILI, FLAVIA FENAROLI, GABI VEIT, HEIDEMARIE HERB, JASMIN MATZAKOW, JUDY MC CAIG, JIE SUN, JO POND, KATHARINA MOCH, LAURA BRADSHAW-HEAP, LYDIA HIRTE, LISA BJIORKE, GIGI MARIANI, MAJA HOUTMAN, MARIA EUGENIA LOPEZ, MARIANNE SCHLIWINSKI, MARI ISHIKAWA, MARTA HRYC, MAURIZIO STAGNI, MICHELLE SEBBAG, MOHSEN AMINI, PETER HOOGEBOOM, RIA LINS, RITSUKO OGURA SANNA SVEDESTEDT, SEUL-GI KWON, SILKE TREKEL, STEPHEN BOTTOMLEY, SUNGHO CHO, SUSAN CROSS, TERESA DANTAS, VIKTORIA MUNZKER, YOUNGHEE HONG, ZOE ROBERTSON.

The Jury for the competition is made up of important figures in the world of art and Italian and International contemporary jewellery:

  • Michele Cassarino, chairman of the Cominelli Foundation
  • Daniel Kruger, goldsmith, teacher sculpture/jewelry Art School in Halle
  • Maria Cristina Bergesio, historian of jewellery and contemporary jewellery
  • Mirella Cisotto Nalon, head of cultural activity, the Council of Padua
  • Rita Marcangelo, gallery owner, administrator of the Cominelli Foundation’s Permanent Collection
  • Massimo Tedeschi, editor-in-chief Corriere della Sera, Brescia supplement
  • Ludwig Reinhold, director of Art Aurea magazine

The exhibition will be held in the splendid 17th century building, overlooking the Salò Gulf, headquarters of the Cominelli Foundation. The prizes will be awarded at the opening on Saturday 1st September 2012.

Raffaele Cominelli Foundation
Address : Via F. Santabona, 25010 Cisano S. Felice d/B , Brescia, Italy
Exhibition dates : 1st september – 30th september 2012
Opening: 1st September 2012 – 6.00pm
Mail: premiocominelli@agc-it.org
Links:  www.agc-it.org www.fondazionecominelli.it
Curators: Rosanna Padrini Dolcini, Maria Rosa Franzin, Rossella Tornquist

For further information visit

Cominelli Foundation
Exhibition Catalogue
Zoe’s Honourable mention

PRESS RELEASE Courtesy of Maria Rosa Franzin