INTO THE FLAMES
5 big unique rings
sterling silver and transparent laquer
by jewelry artist and designer Karina Hunnerup
Jewelry artist and designer Karina Hunnerup is a collector of rubbish – she calls it her findings. She categorizes and analyses it, registrates deformation and wear. The ‘Into the Flames rings’ were inspired by a certain collection of rubbish, viz. catalysts found in the streets of Copenhagen during a 2 ½ year period. The Into the Flames rings are a result of an intuitive approach to the process of creating the rings of which not two are alike.
The catalysts have probably fallen off cars during driving and have been run over so they have become completely flattened. The overall industrial appearance of the catalysts is more or less identical, but varies from car brand to car brand, e.g. the engraving in the metal, punched holes and stripes. Their traits now appear fragmented and deformed and have scratches, dents, dirt, holes and cracks.
The fascination of the casual way the catalysts were treated inspired Karina Hunnerup to look at the material process in a different way – viz. to work intuitively and accept the process by retaining traces of it. With Into the Flames the scratches of the plate scissor, the marks of the tongs, the imperfection of the soldering and not least the remains of the soldering flame are revealed in the silver. The soldering technique is a fascinating part of the process, and it is important to know your material and your flame in order to avoid material damage. This is not the case with the Into the Flames rings. Karina Hunnerup was absorbed in the flame intuitively, and let it be first soft then hard. The silver was heated so much that the surface bubbled, and sometimes melted at the edges. During the process no acid cleaning was used, which means there was that “copper skin” left (copper skin is oxidizing of silver, which appears during heating because of its contents of copper).
‘Into the Flames’ rings show traces of the dynamics of the process which can be witnessed in each one of the big unique rings.
The jewelry artist and designer Karina Hunnerup lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.
With a conceptual accession, Karina Hunnerup creates jewelry on a high esthetic level.
Tactility and elegance in its simplicity are key elements in Karina Hunnerups work and expression, where she often combines textile materials and precious metals equally with each other. She draws inspiration from everyday objects, tactile surfaces, rubbish, playing with words and shadows.
With a devoted respect for the materials is each jewellery piece crafted by hand by Karina Hunnerup. Karina believes that the hand’s work leaves a trace of presence and authenticity, which otherwise would be lost in a production.
Karina Hunnerup is the founder of HUNN and since 2010 she has been driven boutique HUNN and workshop in the heart of Copenhagen, where her jewellery universe unfolds in all its sophisticated width.
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