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Mariana Tănăsescu

Mariana Tănăsescu

Mariana Tănăsescu 500 727 Dautor

AUTOR is a story imagined and built by passionate people, who inspire through courage and creativity. We want you to discover all the AUTOR people and let them stimulate you with their story and their creations.

My career, as varied as it is, has always been creative. I studied engineering and I worked as a professor in engineering – writing dedicated papers and books, as well as preparing classes. In my spare time I always enjoyed designing children’s clothes, but only after I retired I got to have all the time I needed for my interests. Jewellery always passioned me, and this is when it finally got all my attention. I have studied many jewellery techniques until I have created my own methods of moulding conventional, natural materials. It is through creating jewellery that I managed to dedicate all my spare time to being creative and this gives me great satisfaction. Freezing the the ephemera in beauty, colour and unexpected shape always motivates me and I hope this also brings pleasure to other viewers.
What are the main concepts translated through your work?
I was always fascinated by everything new. In jewellery, I am always preoccupied by using unconventional materials, with unexpected colours and spark. My main idea is that not only precious materials deserve to be the centre of attention. The shapes my pieces have try to express the thinness and the fragility of basic materials that jewellery does not transform, but brings to life their hidden qualities.
What material would you like to get to work with but haven’t had the chance yet?
My first collection was created using birch bark, and my latest collection uses birch bark and silk. I wish to discover a new natural material, that has not been used before in creating jewelry. I will have to shed light over this material.
How would you describe the person wearing your jewellery?
The lady wearing the jewellery I create is an educated person that wishes to be unique. She knows that accessories are the ones that draw attention to any outfit. She does not like to remain in the shadow.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
To trust myself. I always wanted to exhibit my works at AUTOR, so I started to learn diverse techniques of creating jewellery like soutache, sospeso, powertex, decoupage, gold polishing in order to make something new. My first AUTOR entry was accepted. It’s amazing to start creating jewellery at 67! I realised there are no limits to creativity!
If you were to be a piece of jewellery, what would you be?
A necklace. It’s the piece of jewellery that transforms an ordinary outfit into a special one.