It is often difficult to describe an emerging artist’s aesthetic. Still in the prime stages of their discovery process, a designer’s first few collections are more exemplary of their potential than they are definitive of their vision. The same can be said of a novel, where the first few chapters give us an idea of the direction in which the story is headed, but still don’t tell us exactly where it’s going.
Still, there is always room for exceptions. In the case of jewellery designer Lauren Klassen, her latest collection is bold enough to allow us to make a few forthright assumptions, one of which is that she is, among other things, worthy of our steady attention.
Thus far, Klassen’s collection boasts a harmony between austerity and simplicity. Her principle mode of design is to reinterpret the rugged look of nails and bolts in such a way that they become delicate parts of a characteristically elegant piece. With necklaces and earrings that showcase the graceful twist of a stock nail, Klassen has turned toolbox items into the quintessential accessory.
A defining feature of Klassen’s jewellery is the rhodium plating treatment that each piece is given. Considered as one of the rarest precious metals, rhodium is sometimes used to plate other metals, like gold or silver, in order to enhance their durability and to prevent them from tarnishing. In other words, Klassen’s decision to opt for rhodium is rooted in her intention to create jewellery that is meant to last a lifetime.
With a degree from Sophia University in Tokyo, Lauren Klassen lives and works in Montreal.
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