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Simone Frabboni studied art and wood techniques and worked as wood art restorer. Making wood art and jewels has always been part of a constant sculpture practice. His work is based on ecological materials and handcraft tradition. He works wild wood essences, metals, resins and carefully recycled woods with the same care and technique, for a design that starts from the matter. In his search for beauty art and ecology are connected.
The participation in AUTOR implies a rigorous selection process, a collection dedicated to the event and a lot of work. What can you tell us about the collection with which you participate in the fair on April 20 and 21?
My collection “3500” is made with 3500 years-old oak wood and more recent oak wood, and acrylic resin (ecologic). The ancient wood has been certified by Carbon 14 analysis that I have personally requested to a research centre, as I had found the piece and not bought on the market, as I often do for my wood jewelry. This wood tells a story of a big river, ancient forests and huge trees, during a time with no kings or borders. The aesthetic work is strictly connected with the research and work on materials. I look for coherence in everything I do, and this is also part of my artistic research.
What does it mean for you to be present at AUTOR?
A recognition of my work, the possibility to show my research and creativity to an international public which is fond of the subject.
The concept of this year’s fair is “Beauty never sleeps”. What does beauty mean to you and how did this artistic creation influence your concept?
According to the balance between a complex design process and a minimal style, in this collection I had worked on geometrical shapes and tactiles features of my jewels. The geometric shapes want to express the essence of trees, their rythm and vibrations, to represent the idea of trees and so of a forest. The young and ancient wood represent this continuity, outside human times. Actually this collection want to represent the beauty of trees, which lies outside time.
Nowadays, attention spans are getting shorter day by day. How does contemporary jewelry reflect today’s society?
Maybe contemporary jewelry it’s a good tool to interact inside today society, because it has the power of connecting ideas and shapes, and in this way it is probably able to catch a so jumping attention.
Description of the collection:
Collection of rings and pendants made of young oak, around 20-year-old, and semi-fossil oak (bog-oak), 3500-year-old.
Bog-oak is a rare semi-fossil wood, found in a few areas of the world. Simone Frabboni works natural wood, in collaboration with farmers and lumberjacks in his territory. He has found bog-oak in Italy and Carbon14 analysis that he asked have confirmed that it dates back to around 3500 years ago.
This collection tells an ancient story. Wood is treated as a precious stone and its shape is designed as the symbolic image of a tree.
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