Laura Volpi, designer between sculpture and goldsmithcraft who experiments new ways ♦ ︎
Milan, city of design. It is also the city of Laura Volpi, a goldsmith who graduated in scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera. Combining sculpture and jewelry, Laura Volpi has created a style that is a bridge between the two creativities. Or, better, it has the ability to create miniature and wearable sculptures. It is no coincidence that in his curriculum he cites specialization courses at the Tam Center with established artists such as Arnaldo Pomodoro and Davide De Paoli, as well as his studies in London at the Slade School of Fine Art.
An example of his path is the collaboration with Côme Touvay, a French textile designer. Together with him, Laura Volpi presented a new jewel proposal: the Duetto bracelet, made of silver and fabric. She sculpts the silver elements, while he weaves these elements between them and stops them in the fabric, integrating with the plot the sense of movement given by the individual elements. The idea, according to the designer, is that of a «contemporary jewel that explores the sense of movement and fragmentation of images. The silver parts are single parts of a single image, visual fragments that evoke a unique shape, the weaving made of six strands (raw linen, silver thread, cotton, silk, mohair) interweaves the threads looking for a visual dynamicity some threads go back to the surface, suspended». In short, even language is more similar to that of art than to that of simple goldsmithing. Lavinia Andorno