μελαινῶν νεῶν κατάλογος, 2020

A collection of four brooches μελαινῶν νεῶν κατάλογος (“The Catalogue of Black Ships” in Antient Greek) by the designer Anna Fanigina was created for the international project GOODWOOD. There are no random lines, but mathematical formulas behind each bend, the laws of ergonomics and movement on water in each curve. The wooden fragments used in the jewelry are the pieces of valuable wood species (elm, cherry, oak) specially chosen at the gondolas shipyard in Venice. Each of them reflects the geometry and elegance of these unique boats in a small drop. The name of the collection is a reference to the second part of the Iliad of Homer. The Homeric ships were black, and Venetian gondolas remain black to this day. The wooden details are complemented by red plexiglass and blue aquamarines – one of the most expressive color contrasts encountered in Venice during regattas. This collection is a symbolic greeting to Saint-Petersburg from Venice, because the designer’s geographical movements often lie exactly on the axis between these two cities. And it is also a research on the theme of water and movement, this time using wood.

This travelling exhibition by international project GOODWOOD has already visited Saint Petersburg, Ambar Bourjois gallery. In September 2021 it will be presented in Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum and also later this year in Moscow.