Kirsten Manzi Jewellery Inspiration: Italy
“TRAVELLING IS LIKE FLIRTING WITH LIFE. IT’S LIKE SAYING, I WOULD STAY AND LOVE YOU, BUT I HAVE TO GO; THIS IS MY STATION.”
– LISA ST. AUBIN DE TERAN
I love to travel, there's nothing quite like exploring a new environment and culture. l'm always dreaming of new adventures and looking for the next destination. I'm lucky enough to have travelled quite a lot throughout my life and always come back feeling refreshed, inspired and full of new ideas.
Italy is my favourite place to explore.
In May I spent a week on the Amalfi Coast with my family practising la dolce far niente and brushing up on my Italian while researching the Manzi family name. The Amalfi Coast is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is deemed an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape! Set in a unique environment, The Amalfi Coast acts as one majestic balcony consisting of picturesque towns, with cliff-clinging homes gathered together overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. When we weren't trying to track down birth certificates of relatives or having a photo shoot next to anything with the "Manzi" name on it we immersed ourselves in the beautiful landscape of the Amalfi Coast by taking nail-biting bus trips along the coastal mountains (cliff edges!!) to explore the cities and towns.
From the Cathedral of Sant’Andrea in Amalfi and its Cloister of Paradise, the beautiful pastel houses of Positano, connected by small, labyrinth-like streets and staircases, to the panoramic views and villas in Ravello, it's not hard to be captivated by the Amalfi Coast. I was fascinated by the beautiful surroundings. Towns and cities all along the coast boast wonderful examples of artistic and architectural excellence blending Byzantine and Renaissance styles. Evident in the Arab-Sicilian buildings, nestled into the terraced coast and clustered along cliffs, adding to its picturesque charm and natural beauty.
Wandering through small arches, and alleys I was drawn to the negative space and the shapes between. I love the use of semicircular arches and domes, the shape of the windows and the curves in the structure of the buildings. These circles, semi-circles and curved lines combined with a bit of research into symmetry, proportion and geometry have inspired my new collection; a series of handmade, wearable structures combining bold curves with layered linear pattern resulting in strong, but delicate forms.
I'm currently finalising designs and working on samples for this collection and am hoping it will be ready to launch within a month or two.
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