about the collection
Bending, conducting, reflecting, and structuring – guided by the versatile characteristics of silver thread, envisions collaborated with Nederlands Zilvermuseum to explore the contemporary possibilities of silver at large. In traditional crafts, this refined execution of silver was often used as its delicate contouring qualities allowed for a great diversity of shapes and volumes. With mass production as its focal point, envisions’ work presents us with a modern vision on this valuable material, aiming to stimulate its sustainable development in the industry.
about envisions and Nederlands Zilvermuseum
At the invitation of Stichting Stokroos, envisions started a collaboration with Nederlands Zilvermuseum last year, with the aim of rediscovering silver by attaching contemporary and reproducible properties to it. Silver wire has become the starting point within the process for this. In the past, a lot of silver filigree work was done in Schoonhoven – a technique of fine silverware that was often used for ornamental purposes. This craft has disappeared in Dutch silver today and has been the driving force for finding new industrial processing methods for silver wire.
To achieve this, three envisionaries — Simone Post, Jeroen van de Gruiter and Vantot — have been challenged to think about using silver thread in a mass-produceable application. In this project too, envisions focus is on the starting point and the creative process, rather than the end product. The collection therefore shows the results of experimental material research that is receptive to further development and aims to inspire craftsmen and the silver industry.
Jeroen van de Gruiter, animation by Elvis Wesley
Simone Post, animation by Elvis Wesley
Vantot, animation by Elvis Wesley