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!”
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.
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.
Take a walk on the wild side with the new collection from Wouters & Hendrix. In it they revisit the heyday of Studio 54 with a modern twist. This collection will debut in the shop on Thursday November 13, as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the designers from Antwerp. We hope you will join us for the evening where artwork from the designers will be displayed and the new jewelry collection will be presented.
Photos by Jo Dickens
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