This jewel was designed in India and was the first I created in this collection. It shows the portrait of Gandhi; symbol of peace and justice.
It is made with an Indian folded bank note set in a vintage brass frame with paste found in a flea market. The brooch system is in silver. The eyes are enamelled copper and are used in India to ornate divinities created in wax. I always buy these eyes in the market of Varanasi, the holiest city of this huge country.
Size: W2,5 × H4 × L1 cm
My work is about money and its value in our occidental society. I’m asking myself about the future of a world where the economy, the consumption’ society and the profit never stop to increase to the detriment of the essential nature of human being.
A trip to India and Asia made me more sensitive to our society the self-satisfaction, comfort, and tasteless luxury which enters everywhere in our daily way of life. I use coins and notes to create jewels, purses, cuffs, which denounce the pretentious, arrogant and frivolous character of the fineries and other fashionable accessories worn by the mass of conventional people.