June 3, 2022
June 3, 2022
March 20, 2022
March 1, 2022
December 30, 2021
November 20, 2021
November 17, 2021
Because each piece of Violette Stehli Jewelry is made entirely by hand in Paris using only metals, stones, and ressources acquired locally in Paris, the city of Paris has renewed the brands Fabriqué à Paris label, which provides an added guarantee to the principles that are such a core part of the ethos of the brand. This year all of the pieces of the Tooth & Claw collection have been approved as part of the label.
November 4, 2021
October 16, 2021
In the context of the 36th International Hyères Festival of Fashion, Photography and Fashion Accessories competition the finalists in the accessories category were asked to design a pair of gloves to be crafted by Hermès. The Hortus Insectorum gloves are a result of this collaboration.
In the Hermès universe nature is very present, but it is a version of nature which is often made tame by humans, where natural landscapes leave way to carefully manicured greens and domesticated animals.
In my practice the natural world is wilder, more enigmatic and sometimes even violent. Animals live their lives in dark corners that that we seldom have access to, they act in mysterious ways beyond the limits of our control. They appear in my work as emissaries or totemic figures that enable us to channel their strengths and capacities to give our experience of the world more depth.
It seems to me that the point of intersection between our worlds lies in the garden: a place that is designed by humans, but where, just below the surface insects, larvae, microorganisms and plants communicate amongst themselves through a complex network of roots and mycelium.
The Hortus Insectorum gloves are an invitation to bring Hermès into a wilder version of nature while retaining key elements of the Hermès lexicon.
As a child I have vivid memories of going into our garden and lifting flower pots and old logs under which I would always discover insects larvae and salamanders who had chosen these spots to hide. With the Hortus Insectorum gloves I wanted to take the wearer on a similar journey back into childhood where playing in the dirt is a common occurrence. Something we seldom do as adults. The black leather of the gloves symbolises the fertile soil of gardens and forest floors, and the colourful insects represent those we might find while looking in the nooks and crannies of a garden.
The brightly coloured insects are a callback to the classic colours used in the Hermès collections but also serve the purpose of enabling Hermès to reuse scraps of leather from other items in their ateliers.
By their concept, the gloves are playful and lighthearted, something that is, to me, a core part of the Hermès philosophy. They encourage the person wearing them to engage with the world in a mischievous and poetic way, but they also subtly subvert the practical purpose of gloves in general which is to protect us from the elements, such as dirt and wetness. Here they become a means for the wearer to be more directly in contact with nature. They also remind the wearer that even in an urban context, in which these gloves are typically designed to be worn, nature is never far from us.
My hope is that with the Hortus insectorum gloves we can reconnect with nature through the eyes of a child, while integrating a sense of playfulness and joy into our daily lives.
October 1, 2021
October 1, 2021
July 7, 2021
June 18, 2021
July 4, 2021
For the 36th International Hyères Festival Violette Stehli has imagined a new collection of jewelry which will be unveiled during the competition in October 2021. The accessories jury will be presided over by Christian Louboutin.
As part of the festival Violette Stehli will also be presenting a one-off piece made in collaboration with Hermès.
April 6, 2021
August 1, 2020
February 28, 2020
The Cat Claw knuckle rings, Talking to Birds mouth jewel and the Lion Claw hand piece shot for an upcoming magazine feature on body augmentation through jewelry.
Made from rare stones and precious metals, the new series of one off pieces is revealed in a new light under the sublime and meticulous lens of Benjamin Neustadt’s camera.
A Ring For the End of the World: Distressed recycled sterling silver and opals
Pearl Cove Ring: Gold vermeil and freshwater pearls still in their shell
A Ring That Looks Like the Surface of the Moon : Recycled sterling silver, 18 carat gold, opals, yellow and green sapphires.
A Ring for Soft Spaces : Gold vermeil, rough spinels and rough diamond.
December 19, 2018
October 1, 2018
“We were on the look out for the breaking point, the moment the viewer feels exposed, ready to step outside his own reality. We selected artists that provoke new sensations by generating ethereal worlds and unique dimensions. Together, they compose a new definition of what reality is.” -Emily Marant & Alice Gothiel, co-curators of Reality Check.
September 6, 2018
December 21, 2017
For the exhibition, Violette Stehli has created a series of dioramas called Travel // Essentials, to showcase her jewelry in it’s natural environment. These portable curiosity cabinets are filled with personal keepsakes from travels across the world, and tell the back story of each piece created for the show.
December 7, 2017
June 25, 2016
Take your time is the mantra and the inspiration of the Violette Stehli SS-16 collection. Each piece is an invitation to remember to live in the moment and enjoy the present, as well as a reminder of the tremendous resources and resilience we carry within ourselves.
The collection is composed of nine new pieces, each featuring individually cast snails found in Provence, in Violette Stehli’s ancestral house. Each snail or ‘caragouille rosée’ as they are known locally, is placed on a silver hand-sculpted leaf from the Monstera Deliciosa plant.
February 1, 2016
June 25, 2014
May 29, 2014
April 1, 2014
March 14, 2014
January 1, 2014
January 1, 2014
December 10, 2013
November 1, 2013
October 1, 2013
Perth Institute of Contemporary Art’s annual Hatched Exhibition
April 1, 2013
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