This collection is a collaboration with Symetria Part 09.
Linear and strong. Panels are joined together to make shapes, and shapes create volume. Kevin took inspiration from that and simplified it to a pure binary relationship between two planes - curved, straight, overlaid and separated.
Kevin wanted a matt finish to the silver, so the planes complement the light and shadow, emphasising the geometry's purity. He wrapped the silver sheets in paper and transferred the paper texture to the silver.
The texture reminded Kevin of the feeling of running his fingers through a stack of Xuan paper (宣纸) - one of his favourite things to do as a child.
In China, Xuan paper has been used for practising calligraphy for over 1500 years. Kevin religiously practised Chinese calligraphy for 12 years in his childhood. The touch of the paper is the physical memories of Kevin's childhood.
One of the main features of this collection is the expression of the handmaking process. Because the paper texture is in-printed to the silver first, it doesn't allow any polishing or sanding afterwards. Therefore all the marks from the making process are carried to the final product with pride. The rings and necklace all have 18k gold soldering at locations to highlight the trace of making.
The silver material is supplied locally in Aotearoa, New Zealand. It is produced by recycled waste from the Jewellery Industry within Australasia. All silver elements in this collection are made with Nickel free sterling silver (925 silver).