Spier Architectural Arts

Wearable art

We are pleased to announce that the first pieces of SAA’s micro mosaic jewellery have been included in the prestigious 2013 CCDI Handmade Collection. The collection showcases the best handmade and design products in the Western Cape, and what a joy to be among such good company.

Micro mosaic involves using tiny components of stone (called tesserae) as small as 1-2mm, laid onto a resin backing to form the mosaic design. Traditionally the gift of choice from the Vatican, Spier Architectural Arts recently launched the first items of a range of micro mosaic jewellery pieces, with the aim to establish a local interpretation of the ancient craft. These detailed mosaic pendants are innovative as no two pendants are alike, creating functional and truly unique pieces of wearable art. The tesserae are cut from traditional Venetian stained-glass ‘smalti’ and interspersed with local materials to create a detailed mosaic artwork that reflects the rich, warm colours synonymous with local craft traditions.

The micro mosaic range challenged the scope of work produced by SAA to date from monumental public works to these intricate art pieces. Cape Town based jeweler Jolene Kritzinger cast the pendants, and Zoleka Xekethwana, a graduate from the Spier Arts Academy created the mosaic inlay.

Visit the CCDI’s exhibition (Stand V) at the Design Indaba Expo from 1-3 March 2013 to see these exquisite pieces in person.


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