Maria Cristina Bellucci’s jewellery really stuck out for me. She used to work for many years in costume design and now has developed her own style in making jewellery made from coloured pencils.
Bellucci’ use of colour and contrasting geometric forms are effective in creating modern and unique jewellery. The way in which she slices and sands the pencils back exposing the interior lead draws distinct interest and curiosity to each piece. Jewellery these days are usually made from precious materials, gems and wire, so the fact these works compose mainly of pencils adds another dimension – sustainability, playfulness and surprise. I like the distorted shapes created by the pencils makes the pieces look slightly stretched.