Collectiva Meeting – 85 designer jewellers descend on Porto for exhibition

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Collectiva, an independent designer jewellery platform has invited international designers to take part in a one-off contemporary jewellery exhibition in Porto.

The exhibition, which features pieces for sale, will open on 22 September at the shopping centre Centro Comercial Bombarda in the city and continues until the end of October.

Founded by eight Portuguese designers, Collectiva is a platform for marketing contemporary jewellery, promoting the work of both national and international jewellers. This first ever Collectiva Meeting – International Exhibition will being 85 designer jewellers to Porto from all over the world.

The selection of the 85 candidates was the result of an international call for submissions  which resulted in 100 applications. The selection procedure was down to Collectiva and was based on innovation and creativity.

From among the 85 jewellers selected, are those of 15 nationalities, including Japan, Korea, China, Russia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, UK, Italy, Turkey and Greece.

The display will feature heterogeneous creations in terms of inspiration, design and the materials used. As the founding platform designers explain, “Collectiva was founded as an inclusive project with a mission to promote designer jewellery as a form of artistic expression which together with the manmade nature of these creations results in one-off pieces that are unique but at the same time are accessible to the general public.

We also wanted to demystify the notion that bespoke jewellery is a niche product. The creative diversity that we are presenting at this exhibition show that contemporary jewellery has pieces for all tastes.”

“While as designers we regularly take part either individually or collectively at international fairs and events where we have contact with designers from all over the world, we want Collectiva Meeting to become an annual event, a meeting point for contemporary designer jewellers, where artists get the opportunity to showcase their work while at the same time rub shoulders and share experiences”, say the organisers.

Apart from the exhibition with pieces for sale, the selected designers will also be awarded various awards. The platform has invited a panel of specialists to award the “Collectiva Meeting Awards”, whereby three brands will be invited to join a gallery-shop for three months as well as the “Portojóia Award”, which will recognise and select from 8 to 10 brands to be featured in the Collectiva Meeting stand at Portugal’s main jewellery fair which runs between 27 and 30 September.

The invited jury members led by Carlos Silva, the Portuguese ambassador at the Art Jewellery Forum, Fátima Santos, Secretary General of the AORP – Associação de Ourivesaria e Relojoaria de Portugal (Portuguese Jewellery Association), Nelson Vieira, stylist and fashion art director, Olga Noronha, jewellery designer and coordinator of the ESAD Jewellery Course  and Vera Deus, stylist and fashion consultant.

Faire Magazine will be the event’s media partner and will offer a brand an exclusive interview and article. The general public too will be invited to vote for its favourite designer which will automatically take part in Collectiva Meeting 2019.

Collectiva will feature the works of eight permanent young designers and four invited ones. The permanent ones being: Ana Bragança Jewellery, Ana João Jewelry, Joana Santos – Joalharia de Autor, Lia Gonçalves – Joalharia de Autor, Mater Jewellery Tales, Marta Pinto Ribeiro Contemporary Jewellery, Susana Teixeira e Telma DA.

Trained in architecture, design, art and even mathematics, the designers have found their creative expression in jewellery. All pieces are hand-made and many in a limited edition.