Pamina takes objects out of context to design striking sterling silver and acrylic jewelry. From nuts and bolts to architectural ruins interpreted in precious metal, (ie. sterling silver), to smashed car windshields ‘jewels ‘set in acrylic and silver, she finds beauty in contrasts while exploring the unexpected, elevating them to body adornment. Her unique technology has been recognized by leading couturiers and stores. She likes experimenting with materials and defying the rules of conventional jewelry making. Her rebel aesthetic repertoire includes deconstructing chains, back jewelry, pasta, pills and plectrums.
An American in London, she is named after the princess in ‘The Magic Flute’ by Mozart. Trained as an artist to break boundaries, a job with a music company gave her a rock and roll introduction to London and transplanted her from New York City via Rome many years ago.
Scouted by the style director at Hermes, Pamina worked in Paris for a number of years where she showed her work and collaborated with couturiers, most notably Christian Lacroix.
Pamina’s work has been exhibited at The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, The Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, and The Angelicum in Milan.
Glitter from the Gutter
Glistening piles of smashed car windscreens on London streets became Pamina’s favorite jewels. (Unfortunate peoples’ break-ins became her bounty.) The light catches broken shards of glass like facets in a stone. Fused with silver or set in acrylic bangles, she went onto to smashing and working with champagne bottles, blue TyNant bottles, and with Absolut Vodka who became a sponsor. Limited edition signed bangles were sold in Colette and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris for ‘Absolut Pamina’.
This collection highlights the unexpected elegance, simple working geometry and symmetry of plumbing fittings and bolts in chunky sterling silver jewelry. Elevating utilitarian to elegant.
Between the Blades
Necklaces worn down the back adorn an otherwise ignored body part ? (part of the body). Semi precious gemstones set on silver chains sway with a woman’s gait as she walks, adding sensual movement and intrigue.
Passionate about the classical orders and the disorder of architectural ruins, Pamina extracts iconic details for stylish embellishment. Pieces include Ionic Columns, Greek Temples, Venetian Windows, Corinthian Details; ruins include The Columns of Castor and Pollux, and Pompeii Ground Section. The National Gallery in London commissioned her to use her idea to base jewelry designs on architecture depicted in classical paintings in their collection. Pamina also designed a piece inspired by Michelangelo’s drawing of Porta Pia for London’s Academia Italiana, and worked with The Royal Academy developing jewelry.
Pamina was sponsored by Absolut® Vodka in Paris. Limited edition signed bangles made with smashed glass from Absolut® bottles set in acrylic were sold in Colette and The Museum of Decorative Arts.
Fine Silver and Crystal
Experiments with the marriage of silver and glass inspired this body of work.
PAMINA's jewelry is sold through galleries, department stores, and museum shops in France and in the UK. A partial listing of current and past clients follows:
- Harvey Nichols, London
- Selfridges, London
- Christian Lacroix Couture, Paris
- The Royal Academy, London
- Le Bon Marché, Paris
- Yohji Yammoto, Paris
- Academia Italiana, London
- Perrier-Jouet, UK
- Swarovski, UK
- Coca Cola, UK
- Four Corners Productions, New York
- @Work Gallery, London
- Hermès, Paris
- The British Museum, London
- The Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris
- The National Gallery, London
- The Ambassador Theatre Group, London
- The Pierpont Morgan Museum, New York
- Absolute Vodka, London and Paris
- Renault, France
- TyNant, Wales
- Barney's New York, Beverly Hills, Tokyo
- Arum Gallery, London
- U2, Pop Mart Tour
- Museum of Arts and Design, New York
- The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston
- The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston