Thea Tolsma wears Sunset-Rainbow-necklace by Paul Derrez
Thea Tolsma wears Sunset-Rainbow-necklace by Paul Derrez

Thea Tolsma wears Sunset-Rainbow-necklace by Paul Derrez
Paul Derrez, Link brooches, 2017, acrylic
Paul Derrez wears Shame-necklace by Thea Tolsma
Thea Tolsma, Shame,2017

Paul Derrez, Connect & Celebrate
Thea Tolsma, Hidden Messages

Jewellery pieces connect their makers, wearers and onlookers. Paul Derrez regards the interaction of his jewellery with the onlooker of the utmost importance. He puts his designs to the test in bars, amongst ‘an innocent and uninformed audience’. Soon enough, whether, how and what the jewellery communicates becomes clear. His jewellery evokes conversation. A number of pieces are literally made out of links, symbolising the connection. They are robust in size and have bright colours, to radiate and celebrate life.

Thea Tolsma has based a collection of twelve necklaces on her research into signs that symbolise a meaningful concept, like shame, truth, disengagement and judgement. She sees a light, positive side and a dark, negative side to each Connect & Celebrateof the concepts she re-interpreted. For this reason she cut the necklaces out of brass-lamella that was darkened by oxidation on one side. Onlookers won’t recognise the signs when they are being worn; the messages are a private affair. So is the mood: the wearer can choose the dark or the bright side, but the necklaces sit flowing playfully or angular around the neck, showing both sides of the material they’re made of.