Initially, Daniela was looking at symbols of fertility and feminism expressed through early sculpture. The goal was analysing ancient views on female beauty and how that has evolved through time, up to more contemporary artist’s works. She was looking at work of art that rejects the stereotypical idea that skinny equals beauty. Instead, taking inspiration from artists interested in abstracting bodies to create abnormal forms with deep philosophical meanings that goes beyond the superficiality of looks. She was challenged by a variety of art forms to start investigating ways of reinterpreting the female body. Themes of interest were the fragility of womenhood, the rejection of the perfect woman crafted by the media and artists working with deliberate bodily distortions through clothing as a form of creating a new experience for the body and its surroundings. All these sources of inspiration influenced the development of Modern Venus Jewellery collection.

Her collection also fights for a more transparent and inclusive fashion industry through being accepting of skin and body diversity and rejecting the idea of being a ‘clothes hanger’, a puppet manipulated by society’s perceptions of beauty. These series of drawings focus on the deconstruction and reconstruction of the human body by taking the limbs apart and reconstructing them in different ways expressing humour and playfulness, but also emphasising my theme of self-cherishing and beauty of body diversity. These shapes were the starting point of my finished pieces. By going over her life drawing sketches, Daniela made these collages digitally. The purpose was for them to become separate limbs that would be press-formed into metal and then attached together. She was trying to capture movement but also playfulness through these shapes.

In order to cherish the beauty of skin tone variety and imperfections such as stretch marks, she chose to illustrate them through the Japanese technique called Mokume-gane. This is a process which involves the use of different types of metals, which layered, fused and laminated together give life to a marbled pattern which creates an interesting contrast. Due to the COVID19 Workshop closure on March 13th 2020, not all her goals in regards to the making of the collection were achieved. Only one final pair of earrings was created in real life, the other designs part of this collection being digital-renders. Being strongly engaged with ethical jewellery making practices, the plan was using recycled silver scrap gathered from different projects, but also remelting 14 ct gold family heirlooms and incorporating it into this collection. Receiving the Goldsmith’s Precious Metals 2020 Grant will also enable me to make one of my pieces from 18ct recycled rose gold, once gaining access to the workshop will be possible. The forms of each individual piece would be constructed using the fly-press machine. Laser-cut acrylic tools will be made for each metal shape to be press-formed into. This technique is used in order to allow the pieces to have three-dimensionality, but also be light, having a 0.4 mm wall thickness. Some of the pieces are press-formed on both sides and then soldered, whereas others are pressed only on one side and then riveted together at the back.