Liane Vaz Designs
Toronto, Ontario. Canada
In 2009, Liane began the first of four (and some) years at OCAD University in the Jewellery & Metalsmithing program. Now, Liane has graduated OCAD University and works as a studio monitor in two different jewellery studios. Liane is currently working towards releasing several new collections set at different price ranges - from the more student-friendly and affordable to high-end luxury brand… as well as accepting commissions. She also volunteers her time at the Metal Arts Guild of Canada, and is taking various online courses on Business and Entrepreneurship. Her dream is to open up her own collaborative jewellery studio.
You can find Liane in the studio working either on her own projects or helping someone with theirs. And when she's not in the studio she's usually attempting to keep up with various television shows and online lectures, watching Disney movies or documentaries, or planning events and group activities.
Materials: sterling silver
The idea for this project grew out of the boundaries and requirements of the project outline. The need for plane changes, changes of size, and creating a voluminous effect all the while keep the design elegant was a challenge.
Through sketches and ideations I decided that I liked the idea of juxtaposing organic shapes in a geometric frame. To incorporate volume I though of a hollow cube frame with filigreed surfaces. In order to develop this idea further, I researched ice and water (another juxtaposition) – the filigree designs would convey the idea of water and the cube framework would represent the ice.
I did not want to have it sitting stationary on the ear, so I employed a fishhook style attachment so that the filigree could continue up off the frame and into the ear, integrating the attachment with the piece itself. I tried to make the earring look like it was splashing up off the cube onto the ear.
Photo credit: Liane Vaz