technique

Working with a palette of 18 karat gold and unconventional materials, Alexandria incorporates movement, volume and playfulness into her jewellery. Rather than work with mass production methods, she chose to recreate and redefine the all-but-lost art of repoussé. Dating from the Bronze Age, repoussé literally means pushed from the back.

It is labour-intensive to a degree almost unheard of today. It requires freehand work directly on the metal, allowing an intimacy with the object that no other technique approaches. It results in a structurally integral yet lightweight dynamic form with characteristic tool marks left in—an individual “fingerprint” no mere production process can match.


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