When I return to my childhood memories I saw almost immediately my grandmother playing with a tied string. Nothing more simple. With only her hands as tools, she transforms this simple string in a variety of forms. She teaches me the steps to follow to create the Eiffel Tower, a bowl or a parachute. This insignificant string, after some manipulations, opened us the doors to a magical world where imagination is queen.
It is this simplicity, this game and this idea of puzzle that inspired me to create a necklace that can be shaped as we desire and according to our mastery of the following manipulations. The beads are placed on a elastic thread in transparent silicone which allows them to interlock with each other when we pull it.
In traditional societies the fineries, as identification pieces, show the rank, the age, the membership in a special clan or tribe. Some may be trademarks of power and dignity, enhance virility or embody warrior’s bravery as the emblem of hunting prowess. In our civilization, the pearl necklace usually imposed by the social status it represents. It would take here the characteristic of an emblem of manual achievement following the example of the valiant warriors. Perhaps it would be even more impressive if it demonstrates to others the ability of the owner to create certain shapes or imagine new ones.
In my approach, I associate the game, recalling the childhood, to the pearl necklace, which as an emblem of social status refers to the adult.
The traditional pearl necklace commonly worn nowadays in my opinion has lost its past imposing bearing. I tried to transpose it into the world of childhood to give it a more entertaining aspect. Through this game of manipulation this mutant necklace, by its ability to interlock, takes new shapes and volumes each time.
My grandmother has agreed to pose for these pictures, testing the collar and the 2 procedures that she has selected from among those which I have proposed. But these are only a few possibilities among the multitude of forms imaginable.
Cow's head: 1
Cow's head: 2