The Italian artist conjures her inspiration from nature and translates her vision into natural beauty in jewellery.
Deep into the ocean and wild lies the mystery of Maddalena’s exquisite masterpieces. An italian born jewellery artist, marine biologist and a writer of the books that tell stories of ocean creatures, recites her experience of marine life and her inspiration behind the stylish and vintage jewellery. Her jewellery has a vibe of ‘earthly’ in it which is delineated in every depth of the particle.
Maddalena Bearzi born in an italian artistic family, since childhood had curiosity and fascination of knowing animals and other wild creatures. Her wildest dream was to travel world and uncover the secrets of ocean life. She traveled around the world conducting fields research and methods of conservation of dolphins, whales and other aquatic life. Her profound respect for wilderness and irresistible temptation towards nature, interest in her expressing the natural material in a different way, passion for environment-friendly materials, inquisitiveness to different cultures, different mechanisms of ocean life and dedication towards her dreams paved her way out to Maddalena Bearzi Organic and One-of-a-kind to become eminent and legendary jewellery brand all over the world.
First she joined sustainable textiles with unique elements such as recycled metals, vintage charms,Pebbles and stones found during her travel and pictured off the evolution to express them in her designs. And then later on the textile based designs led her to focus on metal jewellery crafted by hand in silver, bronze, gold and brass which included precious and semi precious stones and pearls and valuable stones from the oceans and rare spots in the world and create original shapes, texture and subtle color tones. The susceptible textile jewellery mixes and blends with the distinctive materials with organic and recycled silk ribbons, linen and bamboo strings. Each piece is uniquely crafted with pearls and beads, ornamented with shells and pebbles and is based on the fact that we need to save nature and preserve its beauty.
When asked about how nature inspires her to make jewellery she replied, “ I see something in the wild, and when I go back to my studio, i have a desire ravaging within me to design a new piece that I just observed.” She continues describing her methodology of these observations which include normal behaviour of creatures that fascinates her in a unique way. Her eyes see what other people miss in their sight. It can be a creature along the shoreline, a dolphin diving into the ocean, a wavelet, a sunfish, a snail, a rock or a plant of a particular shape. Other times her inspiration comes from the dreams that she visualizes, any jewellery that can resemble a particular natural form, and pen it on the paper. The reason behind the majestic touch in her artwork is her vision. Maddalena states “ there are occasions when the material speaks to me. I start working with an ingot of silver, and all of a sudden, something comes to life….”. She has an idea of translating whatever she sees in nature to translate into unique ornaments for the body. Her pieces exemplify that style and sustainability can go simultaneously without degrading the quality and its uniqueness.
Maddalena tells about her connectivity to every piece of her jewellery. She recalls her adventures while she got the idea of the design of that piece in between the blue ocean in her family of whales and dolphins. Every fragment of her jewellery is connected to her life as a marine biologist and her affection towards nature. Each sample has its own unique name and its own virtues by which it has come into existence and will decorate a body in its future. In her book Dolphin Confidential Of A Field Biologist, she recounts a true and touching story that once a bottlenose dolphin lead her boat offshore which enable her research team and herself to save a young girl from drowning which more looked like a suicide attempt. She recalls that incredible day which not just inspired her to design a single piece but also was a source of her entire versatile aqua collection.
When asked about her favourite, closest inventions Maddalena replies “The Ba-Lena(“whale” in english) jewellery series is the closest to my heart”. A whale diving freely into the open ocean stimulated her passion to create this unique, organic looking handmade collection that is also a statement against whales and dolphins being kept in a captivity. Thousand of hours at sea in company of whales and dolphins, she began to know them by sight, and gradually they became her family, an integral part of her life. She learnt their needs, not only for space but also companionship, and she witnessed their fluid, complex societies which in a lot of ways resembles our own. That is why Ba-Lena necklaces, bracelets and rings are her favourite of all her inventions.
An italian jewellery artist, marine biologist and a writer. Born in verona, Italy, Maddalena began to pursue her passion and interest in jewellery on her own terms and studied metalsmithing at the university of California, Los Angeles. Also a photojournalist and a painter her inspiration for her jewellery also came from her designs. Later she resorted to the techniques of the famous jeweller Gordon Wainwright and from world recognized jewellery artist Harold O’Connor. Her works have always been at perks in the various art shows and galleries. She holds a Ph.D. in Biology and works as a president of research and environment non-profit Ocean conservation society. She studied the life of whales, dolphins and other marine organism for 25 years and has published two books: Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives Of Great Apes and Dolphins and Dolphin Confidential: Confessions Of a Field Biologist. Maddalena alos write various blogs for several publications, including the National Geographic- Voices: Ideas and Insights from Explorers. Her studio is based in Los Angeles, California.