Cameo:A Sculpting of Copper and Ink Wall Jewel by Michaël Cailloux

10 months ago

The plants, beasts, fish and insects that populate our countryside have always been an immediate source of inspiration for Michaël Cailloux, and still-life is his favourite theme. Hence his signature, the fly, bringing life where there was none… Drawing on various influences, «Cameo» references the era of Pharaohs and Egypt at its grandest, by putting the first engravings of beetles in jewel form. The beetle was a symbol of rebirth for the dead, and a protective talisman for the living.

Feature:Wall Jewelry“Still-life”, Unique artwork.
Michaël Cailloux reappropriates the copper sheets used to print his etchings by working them according to classic jewel making techniques: bow saw, internal and external cutting, embossing and chiseling.
Size L.16,6 x H.18,2 cm
* Michaël Cailloux has been passionate about drawing since childhood. Sketching and doodling are second nature to this exceptional artist who graduated from the renown École Duperré School of Design in Paris. Michaël Cailloux is an art director at the École Supérieure d’Art Conte (Conte Art School) in Paris which specializes in design, textile and fashion. He is also co-author of the reference book “Printed Textile Design”. He crafts commission pieces for prestigious brands such as Baccarat, Cartier, Habitat, Van Cleef & Arpels or S.T. Dupont. He imagined a new hybrid concept: meticulously sculpted and engraved copper wall jewellery. The fly, a symbol of both life and death with reference to still life paintings of the 18th century, became his trademark signature. His work won a prestigious Gravix award prize in 2015 and was featured in the book “Encore! The New Artisans” published by Thames & Hudson the same year.
The work of Michaël Cailloux is the unprecedented result of a crossing of two techniques of arts and crafts: etching and jewellery. The artist’s particularity is to sculpt the copper plate used to print his engravings. Using a bow-saw, a riveting tool and a chiselled piece, he creates a hybrid work on the borders of sculpture and jewellery, which he calls “Wall Jewel”.


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