My name is Aleena Derohanian and I am an undergraduate student studying jewellery design and silversmithing at OCAD University, in Toronto, Ontario. My jewellery style is inspired by post-modern maximalist interior design, embracing thematic influences from the realms of pop culture, nostalgia, dreamscapes, and psychedelia. Typically, my work is a combination of traditional silversmithing techniques and avant-garde approaches to material explorations framed in a contemporary, art jewellery practice.
The pieces that I am submitting were created as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. While self-isolating at home, this series of work was inspired by my interpretation of contemporary jewellery in a studio free setting. Moving away from jewellery making basics such as annealing, soldering, riveting, etc. this series is based solely off what materials I have laying around at home and their creative possibilities. The result is a series of pendants, rings, and brooches that push the boundaries of contemporary jewellery, and challenge the implied hierarchy in this craft that places precious metals on top.