The feeling that they belong to some wider and hidden narrative is probably one of the reasons why his creations live far beyond their obvious beauty.
We can always wonder if we’re looking at the armour of a medieval warrior, the gear of some bondage character, or maybe the result of a scientific experiments on artificial reptile skin? In every collection jewelry artist Valentim Quaresma always seems to add this kind of subtle innuendo of a background plot in almost all of his pieces. The feeling that they belong to some wider and hidden narrative is probably one of the reasons why his creations live far beyond their obvious beauty. The materials he uses can also be sometimes disarming. Next to classical ones like copper or brass or leather, we suddenly recognize the components of a dismembered watch or can be surprised by finding a insanely detailed net knitted out of hundreds of electric wires. A work of infinite patience and craftsmanship, the kind that is expectable from the introspective and shy person he confesses to be. Intuition is also one of the key words to describe his approach: without any previous sketches he likes to grab the materials and start to mold them right away. ¶ With the dream of becoming a gymnast, in the late nineties Valentim got a day-to-day job in an fashion accessories studio. Soon the passion for exploring materials and creating objects left bend any gym ambitions. After formal studies at Lisbon art school ARCO, Valentim worked for several years with Portuguese fashion designer Ana Salazar. A crucial period in which he developed his own voice and style. Winning the Collection of the Year award in the ITS (international talent support) in Trieste, Italy, was the boost that grabbed some attention for his work in the fashion world. ¶ His creations can be seen every season at Lisbon Fashion Week and those more attentive may have recognized some of his pieces in Lady Gaga’s G.U.Y. video clip.
Photos: Vasco Colombo
Hair: João Pedro Rodrigues
Make up: Rita Lacerda
Models: Natalia Nowicka + Jorge Azevedo / L’Agence
Vasco assisted by Raquel Porto + Marta Rocha
Valentim Quaresma assisted by: Olga Sumska
Production: Mente / +2 designers
Recently Valentim has launched an online store at www.valentimquaresma.com.
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