MFWA 2015 | Un/Burnished - A Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition by Nadege Renee Cassar

Date: Tuesday 12th May 2015
Time: 19:00hrs
Location: Malta Society of Arts, Palazzo de La Salle, Republic Street, Valletta

Palazzo de La Salle is once again hosting a fashion event this year following the MFWA Press Conference and the myme pop-up concept store last week. And what better event is there to be hosted at the seat of the Malta Society of Arts other than an artistic jewellery exhibition by the very creative Nadege Renee Cassar?

Ms. Cassar is a design graduate and has been making jewellery since 2005 in her own workshop, hence this exhibition marks the 10 year anniversary from when Nadege Renee started her jewellery making venture. Her creations are mostly sterling silver combined with precious or non-precious materials where the designs are mostly contemporary and they are unique, limited edition pieces. The designer also creates bespoke jewellery by recycling her clients' own precious metals and stones.

The exhibition is hosting 34 hand-fabricated jewellery items of an exclusive, one-off nature; all of which explore and question the notion of preciousness. In her own words, Nadege Renee Cassar says of the exhibition that "nowadays the intrinsic value of jewellery is often marked by human intervention on gemstones, which have been categorised by humans since the mid-1800s as “precious stones” and “semiprecious stones” on the basis of various factors such as beauty, size, rarity and popularity. However, shouldn’t nature’s design on its own beautiful material formations be considered the most precious factor of all, regardless of all other factors imposed by us?

Un / Burnished makes use of stones in their raw natural form as well as fine cut stones. Their textures are contrasted with highly polished metal finishes or metal interventions."

my favourite piece from the collection

The exhibits were displayed on painted tree logs in clear showcases - a setting that is as creative as the pieces themselves!

photo by Dorianne Mamo of ask dorianne
The exhibition was inaugurated by Dr. Leonie Baldacchino from the Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking. Her brief but very heart-warming speech was followed by a few words from Nadege herself and guests were then able to continue admiring the pieces on display.

Ms. Nadege Renee Cassar (far left) delivering her address

I really suggest you pay this exhibition a visit to admire the creative work and craftsmanship involved.

Un/Burnished will be open to the public from the 13th of May will the 9th of June at the following times:

13 - 27 May: Monday - Wednesday 08:00hrs to 20:00hrs
Thursday - Friday 08:00hrs to 15:00hrs
Saturday - Sunday closed

28 May - 9 June: Monday - Friday 08:00hrs to 15:00hrs
Saturday - Sunday closed

The exhibition is held in collaboration with the Mercedes-Benz Malta Fashion Week & Awards and the MSA and is supported by Eva Garden, Deco Manufacturing, NM Arrigo Ltd., Cleland & Souchet and Heritage Malta.

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