The name of our new collection is willing to be a tribute to Epona (Rosette or Edain), celtic goddess of horses, fertility and nature, related to water, cure and death, indistinctly. It can be compared to grecoroman goddess Cibeles.
As is known by our previous collection Porte Dorée, À Cheval, I have a thing, a fascination, with jockeys. Rosetta is represented as a red hair woman, riding a horse or simply standing among a herd of horses. I was in Menorca last summer, during popular celebrations, in which horses are the major players. There was a magic moment when I found myself on the fields, surrounded by horses. I felt a vibrant connection with them and with the Earth. Later on, when I read about this goddess, I decided to put her name to the new collection. Travellers used to ask for protection from her, she was a guide and a safeward in their way.
I usually do not give much explanation about my creative processes, but there are always small unnoticeable connexions between one collection and the following one.
Rosetta was a domestic divinity, as goddess of wealth and prosperity. One of her features was a fruits basket. I am usually attracted by still lifes at museums, by their serenity, comfort and harmony effect.
My designs are very related to the time I spend in museums. In this case, during my stay in Athens. I spent days contemplating, drawing and deeply discovering Greek art and culture. One of the things that made the greatest impression on me was the fact Greek temples were very often used as votive offerings warehouses. In the last few years I have been having ex votos on my door or my bedside. These are offerings that were made in former days to gods in fulfilment of a vow. They were placed in sanctuaries or places of worship, and represented human or animal figures, weapons, food, etc.
Ancient rituals and traditions nourrish my work. I am not a religious person, but a spiritual one. I believe in the power of visualization and manifestations. Offerings, ex votos… They were a way of connecting with yourself and express your wishes. And that is what this collection is about: people and their wishes, the connection between nature and our homes (our own temples). In my personal case, I have materialized who I am through jewellery. Celeste earrings, for example, represent my need of balance between the Sun and the Moon, the conciliation between rational and emotional.
Some figures in the collection are simplified with symbolic features, such as a golden Sun as a human head. The Sun is a symbol for heroic, creative and generous strength. Golden drops falling over the heads of the lucky ones. Carl Gustav Jung said the Sun is a symbol of the source of life and, at the same time, of the universal totality of the human being. Dreaming with a rising Sun is, at the same time, a sign of happiness and prosperity for the future.
Photography: Mar Ordonez
Design & creative direction: Après Ski & Isabella Killoran
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