Frieda Doerfer, <em>Lines</em>, necklace, 2015, patinated copper
Frieda Doerfer, Lines, necklace, 2015, patinated copper

Frieda Doerfer, <em>Lines</em>, necklace, 2015, patinated copper

During her training Frieda Doerfer rediscovered guilloching. This engraving technique, best known for its use on luxury items such as Fabergé eggs and high-grade watches, entails the decoration of metal surfaces with series of parallel or cross-hatched lines. The crisply incised lines engender intense light reflections and their undulating or zigzag patterns create changing and three-dimensional effects. Guilloching is a technique that requires patience, time and concentration as the guilloché machine has to be repeatedly set by hand for each individual line. Frieda cleverly folds and bends these guilloché decorated flat metal surfaces to create three-dimensional pendants, rings and bracelets.