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Francesca U.

From Perugia, a small city in the centre of Italy, Francesca moved to Florence for her BFA at Alchimia, School of Contemporary Jewellery, and consequently to the USA for her MFA at SUNY New Paltz.

After her studies, she undertook several internships in the USA, first in Delaware at Heidi Lowe Gallery and then in San Diego, CA, where she was a studio assistant for metalsmith Anne Wolf. During that time, she learned to work with the mokume gane technique and since then, Francesca has not stopped learning and experimenting with it.

After her experience in San Diego, she moved to Birmingham, UK, because accepted for a residency program at the School of Jewellery. During this time she kept experimenting with the mokume gane technique and developing her jewellery collections. Currently, she is based in Berlin, where she is growing roots and works as a freelancer jewellery designer.

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Francesca U.

Mokume Gane


Collection

Mokume-gane is an ancient Japanese technique used in the 17th century to adorn swords. It consists of a block of metal made from many layers of different metals, stacked on top of each other to form a sandwich, called billet. The billet is fused with a torch or in a kiln and pressed to obtain a sheet. By hammering, stamping and carving on the surface of the sheet, the layers of metal are revealed, resulting in the metal surface being covered with many different patterns and textures.

Patched


Collection

Patched and Knotted collections are unique series of jewelleries that reflects a sense of “worn“, often translated by some "dis-functionalities" of the pieces such as holes or rough textures. Each piece invites the viewer to get closer, to see the pattern, or the “imperfection”, the detail. “Imperfections” are a reminder of transience, time passing; they draw us with curiosity and allow us to create our own stories lost in time. Organic shapes, unreplicable marks and lines that translate into a mapping system, that everyone can read in many different ways.

Knotted


Collection

Patched and Knotted collections are unique series of jewelleries that reflects a sense of “worn“, often translated by some "dis-functionalities" of the pieces such as holes or rough textures. Each piece invites the viewer to get closer, to see the pattern, or the “imperfection”, the detail. “Imperfections” are a reminder of transience, time passing; they draw us with curiosity and allow us to create our own stories lost in time. Organic shapes, unreplicable marks and lines that translate into a mapping system, that everyone can read in many different ways. In Knotted, the attention goes on the motive of Knots. Series of knots, segments of tangled silver wire fused together as an indication of connection, bonding and memory at the same time. Knots are tighten to remember and never forget.