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Flowers of Earth (brooch) - Differences Unite Us


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Materials: Pardo polymer
Dimensions: approx. 4x8 cm

We are all different as individuals. We differ in many things: appearances, virtues and flaws, capabilities and possibilities, strengths and weaknesses, experiences, influences, wishes and needs, likes and dislikes… We are full of different colors, layers and textures, but with agape within our souls those differences are actually versatility that brings joy, pleasure and peace… just like flowers of Earth… That was my inspirational thought for this polymer brooch sculpted with fingers, sewing pin and crochet needle (no molds used).

Photo credit: Aleksandra Micic

Aleksandra Micic
Arandjelovac, Serbia

By diploma I am an architect technician, also finished a short course for ceramics, but actually a self taught artist because I love to experiment and explore the use of wide spectrum of different techniques and materials. I was born in Belgrade (Serbia), but spent my childhood on three continents, and such experience is an undrying well full of inspirations for all my artistic ventures.


Ganoksin hosts the jewelry list Orchid, with over 13,000 list members from all over the world, speaking from a wide range of technical and aesthetic experiences. The exhibition theme grew out of a desire to celebrate the creativity encompassed in this wide variety.

Artists were free to interpret the theme in any way they chose. Each artist could submit up to six pieces. Interpretations include uniting different materials into one cohesive form; intellectual and emotional “unitings”, where the meaning of the piece unites multiple concepts; the uniting of time - past, present and future; and a number that focus on the harmony created when uniting multiple materials and/or concepts.

The work submitted involved a wide range of jewelry techniques, from very traditional to very cutting edge, as well as using materials from traditional precious metals and gemstones to “re-purposed” and “up-cycled” materials.

The exhibition showcases 330 images chosen from entries from over 111 artists representing 26 countries.

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, USA, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands

Many of the participants began their interest in jewelry at a young age. Some are relative newcomers to the field, and some have over 35 years of experience as professional jewelers and goldsmiths. While some grew up in families that were goldsmiths, and followed in those footsteps, others only began creating jewelry as adults.