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Italian-based jewelry designer Lora Nikolova brings her unique artwear to Raleigh.
Lora Nikolova has always been bored with traditional jewelry. She would see women wearing unremarkable necklaces on the street and think about how she could take elements from those same pieces and craft them into something extraordinary. “Extraordinary” is exactly how Nikolova’s self-named brand of creative artwear should be described: Her necklaces and earrings are just as much works of art as they are pieces of jewelry. Nikolova’s brand was born five years ago after the creative Bulgarian native graduated with a degree in theater design from the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, followed by the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan. During her studies, she painted, styled life photography sets for interiors and worked in theater, television and with big fashion brands including Burberry and Versace until she decided to dedicate herself to her true passion—jewelry design. Though theater and jewelry design are two very different disciplines, Nikolova found she could apply what she learned in school to her creative artwear brand. “From the theater scene, I found a way to communicate my art through the jewel; my bijoux are like little ‘abstract scenes,’” Nikolova says. “In these architectural meshes, I express my perception of forms in space and the links between them.”
Each of Nikolova’s pieces are handmade with a range of colors and materials in various sizes, including glass, resin, plastic and semiprecious gems, river pearls, metal and paper mâché, which she composes into unique abstract patterns that she describes as “artwork to wear.” Collections range from geometric-patterned necklaces constructed with funky elements to tassel-based earrings containing forms of eyeballs. Her jewelry is often inspired by abstract artists such as Joan Miró, Wassily Kandinsky and Alexander Calder, mixed with some of her own aesthetics and abstract interpretation. “Every collection is meaningful to me,” Nikolova says. “They’re complicated, like installations.”
Nikolova will showcase her jewelry at a trunk show at CT Weekends on February 13.
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