Eye-catching: Mr DeMonte’s aqueduct collar ($5,000) is currently on display at the Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C. – he creates each piece of over-the-top jewelry using specialist 3D computer software
From bracelets shaped like cathedrals to collars modeled on aqueducts, a jewelry designer has unveiled an over-the-top accessories line based on classical architecture.
Joshua DeMonte, who is based in Philadelphia, said he looked to ‘ancient’ structures to develop the unisex range, which costs between $700 and $5,000.
Talking about his designs he told Modern Luxury magazine: ‘I enjoy playing with scale and connecting architecture to the body.’
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Making an entrance: Mr DeMonte’s curtain bangle is priced at $900
Playful: Mr DeMonte’s arcade coil cuff ($1,500, left) and his staircase collar ($1,100, right)
Historical reference: A model showcases Mr DeMonte’s cathedral collar
Main attraction: Mr DeMonte’s artwork is currently on display at the Renwick Gallery, in Washington, D.C
Mr DeMonte’s roots were in traditional jewelry making, but after taking a course in computer-aided design, he decided to get a little more adventurous.
‘One of the first things that I did was I started copying buildings or making buildings and then the solution was I would punch a big hole in it and it would be a bracelet,’ he recalled.
Other design elements to feature in his work include windows, staircases, brickwork, curtains and archways.
To create each piece of jewelry he starts by drawing shapes on a computer, using specialist 3D software.
He then feeds the finished designs into a 3D printer which uses lasers to cut intricate and detailed shapes.
He typically uses materials such as gypsum or glass-filled polymide.
A statement on his website reads: ‘My jewelry objects mimic ancient architectural elements activating the space surrounding the body and altering the viewers perception of the wearer.
‘The wearer becomes a landscape in which my work has been positioned.’
Mr DeMonte’s artwork is currently on display at the Renwick Gallery, in Washington, D.C. in an exhibition running until February 2, titled 40 Under 40 Craft Futures.
The show features forty artists who were born since 1972, which is the year the museum’s contemporary craft and decorative arts program was established.
It ‘investigates evolving notions of craft within traditional media such as ceramics and metalwork, as well as in fields as varied as sculpture, industrial design, installation art, fashion design, sustainable manufacturing, and mathematics.’
According to a press release the artists were chosen because they are ‘united by philosophies for living differently in modern society with an emphasis on sustainability, a return to valuing the hand-made and what it means to live in a state of persistent conflict and unease.’
Building blocks: This bracelet features colorful red brickwork