MEET THE DESIGNERS BEHIND THE COLLECTIONS
BIBI VAN DER VELDEN
Born in New York into a creative family and growing up in England and the Netherlands, an exciting and globally oriented life defines this 21st century artist. Bibi van der Veldens’ international background was a powerful foundation for her later creative expressions.
Bibi studied fine arts in Florence, Italy. She developed her skills further at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and finally at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague.
It was already in Florence that her interest in jewellery design grew. Bibi was collecting remarkable antique objects and wanted to do something with them. At the age of 25, she started her Wearable Works of Art jewellery line in 2005, using unique pieces, antiques and personal belongings.
Bibi carefully combines historical materials with innovative ideas, newly developed techniques and a great dose of creativity. Jewelry pieces with twirling balls, rings that can be opened to reveil a hidden ring inside, two different earrings that form one asymmetrical pair… It’s always brilliantly surprising.
Another important element is consciousness. Using sustainable materials and creating awareness for a better living environment, Bibi wants to achieve a balance between luxury and sustainability in a way that chimes with the mood of the modern consumer.
Pat Flynn is a goldsmith who lives and works in High Falls, New York. His iconic nail bracelets combine blackened iron with 22 karat and 18 karat yellow gold, 18 karat palladium white gold, diamonds and pearls. His larger cuff bracelets incorporate hinges and box clasps that not only suit functionality for the wearer, but display meticulous craftsmanship.
Each piece of jewelry is hand forged by Pat, often times incorporating fused 22 karat gold onto the iron. Pat is a master of subtle texture, working the surface with varying tools from the hammer and graver, to etching and filing. This attention to detail, technical control, and combination of disparate materials creates unparalleled elegance in his jewelry.
Pat’s work has been featured in Metalsmith magazine and, most recently included in the Penland Book of Jewelry. His work can also be found in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Art & Design in New York. His work has most recently been acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.
Nancy Newborn has always loved designer and detail. Inspired by travel and the runway, her jewelry is favored by celebrity stylists and magazine editors.
East coast native, Nancy Newborn moved to Los Angeles to study fashion at Otis College of Art and Design. In 2011, Nancy launched her eponymous jewelry line. With a focus on fashion, Nancy has established a following of women with a strong sense of style. Nancy’s pieces are modern with an edge and create a look that is effortlessly chic. The collection is handcrafted in Los Angeles.