Wouters & Hendrix is taking you on a mind blowing trip with their Summer’17 Collection, with a design based on the real experiences of someone who survived a spectacular trip through a black hole.
Wouters & Hendrix, who were always fascinated by quantum singularities and time travel, used a forgotten but incredible story as the inspiration for their latest Summer ’17 Collection, and called it; INTERSTELLAR LOVE. This is a wonderful & surprising collection, full of playful metamorphoses, visual contradictions, gravitational improbabilities, odd optical effects and surprising serendipity.
The images are based on the experiences of some kids who, completely by accident, went through a black hole. In the summer of 2011, a small group of Belgian students visited the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. At a certain moment they were left alone in the Interstellar Power Room. Nobody knows how they got in, but apparently one of the boys opened the hatch to the Boost Shuttle Tank and climbed in, and the others followed. Minutes later a Time Dilation Test was conducted when the group was still inside.
Before this accident, there was never ever anybody brave or foolish enough to test the limits of our own physics and experience a black hole from within. Everybody assumed that entering a black hole meant horrible death. The youngsters described it as the weirdest trip of their lives. They were very afraid and shocked at first, but it turned out to be the most wonderful, inexplicable experience they ever had.
One of the girls says it changed her life completely: “I was shrouded in fire, I watched my friend Sam from afar, speeding up in this mysterious bright yellow cloud. Minute by minute, my friends swelled in volume, blazing in a brilliant light, wildly roaring and making odd musical noises. I could see inside their head. I saw every spectrum of radiance and color. The others were like swirling storms, rivers, aflare with eerie lightnings. Vast tatters of their bodies flew off and exploded into flame, torrented back down and trown with red spindrift across the blue heavens, before vanishing into golden stardust clouds. It was as if the stars themselves spoke to me, their light rays bent, scattered and forever beautiful. It was brilliant!”
Jewelry designer Sia Taylor is a rare breed of artisan. Combining classical Fine Arts training with a holistic and sensitive approach, her designs evoke an old-world craftsmanship rarely found in modern design. After completing her studies at Newcastle University, followed by MA at the Royal College of Art, Taylor went to live in Africa. She produced her first collection from a workbench in the Botswanan bush, and soon realised that she had found her rightful direction in jewelry design.
The evidence of her early study can be seen in Taylor’s insistence on the meticulous hand forging and soldering process, which she does entirely herself. This bestows each piece with an artful integrity. Her designs are imbued with a natural sensuality, everyday wonders provide the inspiration that informs her approach to design.
A timeless feel means the pieces are intended as lifetime possessions, free from the constraints of seasonal trends and status, these are pieces to own and love, and to wear every day. A growing swathe of fashion-forward customers are buying into this aesthetic, stocking up and collecting pieces, often worn all together for a quiet, yet directional and ‘luxury bohemian’ feel. Understatement and quality is key to Sia Taylor collections.
What happened, Miss Mae?
What happened, Miss Mae? is an original collection with beautiful, exotic colours and elegant references reminiscent of the wild 1940s and 1950s in Cuba. Wouters & Hendrix focuses on eccentric elegance combined with pure Belgian craftsmanship. This marvellous and surprising collection was inspired by a strange and almost forgotten story …
Looking for inspiration, Wouters & Hendrix bought an old metal box. The box contained an old film and what they saw when they watched the footage was remarkable! It shows a young girl dancing joyfully with a big black bear, who appears to be an amazingly elegant dancer…
The girl, Mae Escambrai the Pinos (94) was a Cuban dancer who has been living in Brussels since 1973. She told the story of her dancing bear. The 11-year-old Mae found Joe as a small cub, locked in a dirty circus cabin. Mae kidnapped him and raised him as if he were her ‘little’ brother. She taught him to dance salsa and together they danced in the streets. Sweeth Tooth Joe disappeared in May 1958 in Havana, when the country was in turmoil. At that time, talented Miss Mae and her beloved Joe were the most successful dance act of Havana. For fifteen years she kept looking for Sweeth Tooth Joe, and eventually she ended up in Brussels, penniless and exhausted.
Infused with key values for Wouters & Hendrix, such as poetry and refinement, the new collection uses contrasting emotions and fleeting sensations to deliver striking jewelry pieces. Expressing the precious and intimate dimension of jewelry-making, as well as the designers’ signature values, this season’s collection focuses on discreet and intricate fabrications, which demand a second glance. Mixing materials in a humorous and surprising way, and looking for links between past and future, Katrin Wouters and Karen Hendrix underline the subjective aspect of their creative process, coming up with fresh alternatives and new proportions.
We received a generous delivery of stunningly beautiful and delicate pieces from goldsmith Jane Hollinger this season. Most of the necklaces are one-of-a-kind, made exclusively for Gaspard.
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Gaspard is happy to introduce a new jewelry designer, Pascale Monvoisin, to the boutique. A world traveler, and all around artistic person, Pascale’s life as a jewelry designer began after making a ring with beads from a flea market and then accelerated into making necklaces and earrings. And by 2009 she launched her first collection.
Rough and refined designs, manufactured and organic materials, mystical and urban inspirations: the sensuality of Pascale Monvoisin’s jewelry springs from an alchemy of contrasts.
Pascale’s jewelry brings to mind the energy and relaxed feel of the West Coast and its beaches – what a perfect way to welcome the Summer season!
All jewelry is made in France.
Pictured here are some highlights from the in-store selection. Please visit us to see everything!
Are you ready for Spring? Why not ease your way into the new season with a piece of spectacular jewelry from Belgium’s Wouters & Hendrix! This first delivery has a mix of silver and gold, to suit your preference, and features the refreshing turquoise-green Amazonite, brown agate, as well as freshwater pearls.
Just in time for Valentine’s day, we have received a small but beautiful delivery of jewelry from goldsmith Jane Hollinger. There are some favourites here, as well as some new designs!
We are so excited to be introducing beautiful new designs from Gillian Steinhardt to the shop! We really love how she uses classic materials in a modern way, creating refreshing and timeless pieces.