From 12th May to 14th October 2019 in Museo Archeologico Nazionale of Adria (Via G. Badini, 59, 45011 Adria (Rovigo), Italy) you can visit the exhibition ORNAMENTA II: Jewels between history and design. For that exhibition Latvian designer Anna Fanigina has created a special collection dedicated to Roman poet Ovid. It consists of nine pendants made of topazes, aquamarines and rose quartzes with laser engravings of Ovid’s quotations. (“Tristia” and “Ex Ponto”). The main idea of ORNAMENTA II is that contemporary jewelry is shown side by side to ancient glass objects especially exhibited for the occasion.
“One wind for a thousand miles” (metaphor of the world)
Collection by Latvian designer Anna Fanigina (brand VERBA (“words”)) is dedicated to blooming sakura. Each ring embodies a blossom — flying in the wind, carrying a message in Latin, Ancient Greek or Japanese.
As an antique metaphor of peace and harmony says, “One wind for a thousand miles” is blowing, banding different ages and cultures.
All collection rings are handmade from silver and natural stones: rock crystals, topazes, rose quartzes.
νεῶν κατάλογος* (“The Catalogue of Ships”) 2016/2017
Every ring as it were ship, that could float away together with you or stay on your finger as a great friend, struggling against the waves of daily worries and aspirations. Each ring is branded with its own „watermark” – a phrase in Greek, quotation or just with some words on simple and proper things for all times – fair wind, strong canvas, courage, love and joy. That’s what we are always full of after visiting the seaside, trying to keep this feeling long after being back from the journey, and this is how we could steal a page from Ancient Greek’s book.
These inscriptions in Greek are made with micro-chase technology, as mostly marine stones are used in this collection – aquamarines, as well as heliodors, chrystolites and quartzes.
The marine theme additionally described with handmade glasse, made by special order using blow technique, furnished with sending ups on the language of Ancient Greeks.
Since Anna Fanigina created VERBA (“words”) jewellery brand, her claim to fame and essential became inscriptions in Latin. As soon as the history of this brand is more than ten years now, the long-desired Greek collection has come, so let it be the only start of exciting journey.
* “The Catalogue of Ships” is an epic list from Homer’s Iliad Book two (“song”).
L’AMOUR DE L’IMPOSSIBLE 2012
“L’amour de l’impossible” – is a collection of silver brooches made by employing photos, natural stones and vintage glass. Time itself has made antique glass precious, aside, used pieces of old jewelry are like quotes that make a connection with the aesthetics of our mothers and grandmothers’ brooches. In her jewelry collection L’Amour De L’Impossible the author continues to explore themes of brooches as a special decoration that has “the right to invade” the fabric of our clothes and symbolizes a kind of vivid and poignant impression. At this time, those heightened senses and unique experiences are those that bring the art of ballet, constantly pushing the boundaries of the possible, causing a desire to “pin them into the heart” and take it with you, save it for a long time, share it with others and inspire yourself to the impossible. And “love the impossible” is the driving force that allows the unreal becomes real. The project was created parallel to the work on the ballet “Romeo and Juliet” directed by maestro Nacho Duato in collaboration with artist – photographer Yuri Molodkovets and timed to coincide with the premiere in the Mikhailovsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg (Ru).