Philip Crangi és un dissenyador de Nova York que combina les tècniques de l’orfebreria clàssica com el gravat amb altres més industrials com el tall amb laser per tal de fusionar allò vell amb allò nou. Treballa les seves peces a mà i intenta plasmar en elles funcions de record, talismà i símbols tal com s’ha entès la joiera al llarg de la història. Les seves peces són un conjunt de reliquies i clàssics per una nova era. No us perdeu el video-reportatge on es veu el seu taller i com treballa.
Philip Crangi is a New York designer who combines traditional goldsmithing techniques such as engraving with more industrial as cutting laser to fuse the old with the new. He work his pieces by hand and tries to capture in them memories, talismans and symbols understanding this values for the jewelry throughout history. His pieces are a collection of relics and classics for a new era. Don’t miss the video where you can see him working at his studio.
“I’ve always had a love of jewelry. I collected vintage jewelry when I was really young and had a real appreciation for it. My mother was an antiques dealer, so she instilled in me a curiosity about the history, craftsmanship and story behind each piece. I was also a collector of things – shells, rocks, seeds, pods, little beautiful things, and I would always put these objects on top of my hand or wrist and say, “I want to wear this, why can’t I wear this?!” One day I think my dad finally got tired of me saying that, and he said “Let’s go make something!” So I made my first ring when I was about 14 in my dad’s garage. He had a workshop down there with a lot of tools… he isn’t a jeweler, just the kind of person who can make or fix anything. We looked around the shop, found some metal, a copper pipe (a makeshift ring mandrel), put it in a vice and with a rubber mallet I hammered my first ring. Growing up, he really encouraged me to use the tools around me to execute my ideas, and not be afraid of them or be afraid of getting dirty. The experience of having an abstract idea and being able to make with my own hands a tangible thing that I could wear – well, that was it, I was completely hooked and I knew I was going to be a jeweler.”