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My work spans jewellery to writing, researching and curating, and mentoring and teaching. Importantly, they are for me just different manifestations of making, equally central to my personal and spiritual growth and the process of making me in an art practice that is, in the same way Italian writer Italo Calvino referred to literature, " an existential function, ... a search for knowledge"*. This "wisodm as practice"**, as defined by the contemporary German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, is then by default slow and mindful, not only of the provenance, destination and context of each project, but also of my natural cycles of thinking, making and, most crucially, reflection.

Six Memos for the New Millennium (1988) Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, p.26

** The Art of Philosophy: Wisdom as Practice (2010), New York: Columbia University Press

 

My practice is both a platform and a method for reflection and philosophical enquiry: a personal space in which to ask myself questions, test answers and reactions, and understand how I think and why. It is how I raise my awareness of myself and of how I navigate in the cosmos. In the Socratic spirit that knowledge is virtue, I am driven by the desire to always become a better person. Deeply rooted in mindfulness, my practice is where I learn to exist as an integral, rather than dominant, part of all that surrounds me, resulting in a radical ethical approach.

The need to investigate, uncover, say, comment or express creates the narrative that fills most of my work. This story-telling takes the form of jewellery pieces which are, at the same time, a means to and an expression of my questioning, reflection and growth, and an invitation to the viewers and wearers to also question, reflect and grow by, quite literally, embracing them close to their bodies.

A new piece will first manifest itself sometimes from simply holding a found object, sometimes from a recurring word or phrase (often already a title!) echoing in my head, or more often from a situation, a moment of clarity, or the need to understand something or to share a line of personal enquiry. Materials, with no hierarchy of value, are included simply according to how they fit this process. Any hesitation as to their choice is a vital clue to me that my question or answer is not sufficiently clear and a piece is not ready to be made, and I cannot and must not force it into material existence. When the moment is right, assembling is normally fast and instinctive, and my design process is dictated by an innate make-do attitude: as with everything else in life, I thrive on applying my knowledge to constructive problem solving and finding low-tech workable solutions from available resources and basic staples.

Most of my jewellery work then comes to be embodied in a one-off piece or small ensemble. Very rarely, I have happened upon questions that have worked at an even slower pace but the need to externalise them has been stronger, in the path of understanding them, than the importance to find clear answers. And this is where my occasional series are born, never knowingly finite but projects that need to remain open to reflection and enquiry, to be re-examined and re-explored until that time when they might feel resolved.

Words and language are for me another material which accompanies me through the making process, and their manipulation is just as essential a factor in determining how the work will finally manifest itself. As a result, titles are never just a necessity or an afterthought and instead, whether at the origin of its concept, or as a final reflection, they form an integral part of each piece.

Most important of all, I have learnt that the "studio" for me is far from being confined to the walls of my physical workshop and it extends to wherever I happen to be at any particular moment, processing information, asking new questions, reflecting. Over the years, I have learnt to listen to the rhythms of my thinking and to let them guide me: be it the workshop, the keyboard, the pen, the classroom, a book or a museum, my workstation stays fluid. And whereas I used to be daunted by not making enough, I have come to understand that "making" does not necessarily equate to a new jewellery piece. And so I now confidently reach for the bench only when it calls. And, when it is time, it always does.

 

I grew up in Italy, where I soon discovered I fitted in like a square peg in a round hole. So, at the age of 20, I moved to London and, after graduating in English Literature, I pursued diverse careers in publishing, hospitality and archaeology. Until my mid-thirties... when jewellery found me. I retrained in the jewellery quarter in London and through a second Bachelor's degree in Three-Dimensional Design and Craft, and finally a research MA (Ma by Project) at the Sir John Cass School of Art, Design and Architecture in London.

My jewellery work is split between studio time and independent writing, editing and research. Most recently, I have been exploring and pursuing independent curatorial projects.

Born: 1973, Italy

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

2015 - 2018 – MA by Project (practice-based research graduate degree) at The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

2010 - 2015 – First Class BA (Hons) Three-Dimensional Design and Craft, Colchester School of Art

1994 - 1997 – BA (Hons) English, University of Surrey

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Masterclasses

2019 - "Make! Make! Make!" with Lisa Walker

2018 - “Dancing with jewellery” with Prof. Robert Ebendorf

2016 - "Selfie Now" with Prof. Ruudt Peters

2016 - "Creative and experimental surfaces in enamel" with Elizabeth Turrell

2015 - "Jewellery from found materials: design on the edge" with Prof. Robert Ebendorf

2015 - "Creative and experimental surfaces in enamel" with Elizabeth Turrell

2013 - Experimental Enamelling with Jessica Turrell

2013 - Hand Engraving with Wayne Parrot / The Hand Engravers Association

2013 - "Story, Image, Object" with Zoe Arnold

2013 - "Design on the edge: jewellery as personal adornment" with Prof. Robert Ebendorf

2013 - "Re-cycle, re-use, re-see enamelling" with Elizabeth Turrell

2013 - "Jewellery and movement" with Tim Carson (Timothy Information Limited)

2012 - “Dancing with jewellery” with Prof. Robert Ebendorf

 

Residencies

2017 - "Initiation 2017", Athens, Greece

2016 - Collaborative Danish-British cross-cultural workshop with the Guild of Enamellers, Ravstedhus, Denmark

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

- (upcoming) COSMOS, LEM, JEWELLERY (invited artist and advisor), curated by Giedymin Jablonski and Agata Danielak Kujda for the Academy of Art and Design, Wroclaw, Poland

- (upcoming) THE KNOT REVIEWED (co-curator and exhibitor) as part of Parcours Bijoux 2020, Paris

2019

- IN SEARCH OF THE FOUND (curator and exhibitor) at Adorned Spaces, SNAG 2019 Conference "The Loop: Coming Full Circle", Chicago, USA

- GIOIELLI IN FERMENTO 2019 (Selected Artist), Castel San Giovanni, Italy (also travelling to other venues TBC)

- MOIM ZDANIEM / IN MY OPINION, Dubiel Gallery, Warsaw, Poland; Yes Gallery, Poznan, Poland; Legnica Festival of Silver, Poland, Jubinale Fair, Krakow, Poland - click here for online gallery

2018

- MOIM ZDANIEM / IN MY OPINION, Magan Gallery, London, UK; China International Jewellery Fair, Beijing, China - click here for online gallery

- JEWELRY AND TECHNOLOGY, Tincal Lab, Porto, Portugal, click here for details

- MA BY PROJECT - DEGREE SHOW, The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, London

- SO FRESH + SO CLEAN, Ethical Metalsmiths' International Student Exhibition (USA) - click here for online exhibition

- GIOIELLI IN FERMENTO (Master's Students Selection), Castel San Giovanni (PC), Italy

- DISCOVER: WORKS INSPIRED BY FOUND OBJECTS, Garland Magazine, Issue #10, Crafts Council Australia - click here for online exhibition

- TRASH ART, Groundwork Gallery, King's Lynn, Norfolk, UK

2017

- SIERAAD International Jewellery Art Fair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

- JEWELLERY AND MUSIC, Tincal Lab, Porto, Portugal - click here for details

- SO FRESH + SO CLEAN, Ethical Metalsmiths' International Student Exhibition (USA) - click here for online exhibition

- IDENTITY, Legnica Festival of Silver, selected for the XXVI International Jewellery Competition, Legnica, Poland

- 20:20 VISIONS - The Association for Contemporary Jewellery's 20th anniversary national touring exhibition, UK (see website for venues)

2016

- JEWELLERY AND CINEMA, Tincal Lab, Porto, Portugal

2015
- JEWELLERY AND ARCHITECTURE, Tincal Lab, Porto, Portugal

- THE CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY EXCHANGE

- NEW DESIGNERS, Business Design Centre, London, UK

- DEGREE SHOW, Colchester School of Art, Colchester, UK

- TALES FROM THE TOOL BOX: NARRATIVE JEWELLERY, Crafthaus http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/tales-from-the-tool-box-chapter-two

2014

- NEW DESIGNERS, Business Design Centre, London, UK

- CHANGING HUES: COLOR EMBRACED BY METALSMITHS AROUND THE WORLD, The Ganoksin Project (permanent gallery at www.ganoksin.com/exhibition/changing-hues)

2013
- UNDERSONG, Belfry Arts Centre, Overstrand, Norfolk, UK

- THE BUTTON PROJECT, Silk Museums, Macclesfield, UK

- LIMINAL, SlackSpace, Colchester, UK

2012 and earlier
- FORGING AHEAD, A CURATED EXHIBITION OF METAL ART. Belfry Arts Centre, Overstrand, Norfolk, UK

- SHOW OF HANDS, The Benham Gallery, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester, UK

 

PUBLICATIONS

PUBLISHED ARTICLES, REVIEWS AND ESSAYS

- Jewellery in the Age of Cataclysm, in Findings (Association for Contemporary Jewellery magazine), Issue 68, Spring 2019, and Klimt02, 23 May 2019 at https://klimt02.net/forum/articles/jewellery-age-cataclysm-lieta-marziali
- Are You Ready To Wear It?, in Findings (Association for Contemporary Jewellery magazine), Issue 68, Spring 2019
- Bron, in Findings (Association for Contemporary Jewellery magazine), Issue 68, Spring 2019, and Klimt02, 17 June 2019 at https://klimt02.net/forum/articles/book-review-ruudt-peters-bron-source-lieta-marziali

- Hall of Mirrors: on journeying, viewing, and the critical legacy of encounters. A reflective essay. (Te Ao Hurihuri / Ever Changing World, a collaboration between Dialogue Collective and Handshake Project, The Crypt Gallery, London, 23-27 October 2018), Klimt02, 16 April 2019 at https://klimt02.net/forum/articles/hall-mirrors-journeying-viewing-and-critical-legacy-encounters-lieta-marziali

- Happy 80th Birthday, Bob!, A personal homage to Robert Ebendorf, in Findings (Association for Contemporary Jewellery magazine), Issue 67, Autumn 2018

- The Making Enigma, or The Tale of Being Human: in conversation with Jordi Aparicio and Adi Toch, in the catalogue of the European Prize for the Applied Arts, published by the World Crafts Council, Belgium Francophone (WCC-BF), now BeCraft, October 2018

- Holy Schmuck!, in Findings (Association for Contemporary Jewellery magazine), Issue 66, Spring 2018

- Forging New Jewellery Histories, in Findings (Association for Contemporary Jewellery magazine), Issue 66, Spring 2018

- Jorge Manilla: Abruptions (Munich Jewellery Week 2017), in Findings (Association for Contemporary Jewellery magazine), Issue 65, Autumn 2017

Initiation 2017 - Part 1: Lifting the veil (AIR Programme, Athens, 11-18 September 2017), in Findings (Association for Contemporary Jewellery magazine), Issue 65, Autumn 2017

An Enamelling Adventure, in Findings (Association for Contemporary Jewellery magazine), Issue 64, Spring 2017

Tincal Lab - Porto's New Space for Contemporary Jewellery, in Findings (Association for Contemporary Jewellery magazine), Issue 64, Spring 2017

Summer Workshop at Ravstedhus, in the Guild Of Enamellers' magazine, Autumn 2016

Alice Anderson: Memory Movement Memory Object (Wellcome Collection) in Findings (Association for Contemporary Jewellery magazine), Issue 62, Spring 2016

Kevin Coates: A Bestiary of Jewels and In Conversation: Dr Coates and Prof Cook (Ashmolean Museum) in Findings (Association for Contemporary Jewellery magazine), Issue 58, Spring 2014

BOOKS AND MAGAZINES - WORK FEATURED
- Interview feature together with GroundWork Gallery, "TRASHART" by Ruthie Collins, UK Handmade magazine, Spring 2018, pp. 64-71

- "Round The Bend", cover image in Findings (Association for Contemporary Jewellery magazine), Issue 65, Autumn 2017

- "Once Upon This Time" ensemble, in Mark Fenn's Tales From The Tool Box: Narrative Jewelry, Schiller Publishing (2017)

- Cuff from "Earth" series, in Matthew Runfola's Metal Patination Techniques for Jewelers and Metalsmiths, Thames & Hudson (2014)

[NOTE: American edition: Matthew Runfola, Patina: 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths, Interweave Press LLC (2014) ]

 

PROFESSIONAL ROLES

ACJ - The Association for Contemporary Jewellery:

- ex-Features Editor for Findings magazine  (Issue 66, Spring 2018; Issue 67, Autumn 2018; Issue 68, Spring 2019)

- Member of the Advisory Board since November 2017

- Regional Representative for the London region

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Association for Contemporary Jewellery (UK)

Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo (Italy)

Art Jewelry Forum

Ethical Metalsmith

Crafts Council Directory (UK)

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.