Images of a family album
The Harvest

This is a picture of mij grandmothers parents. What struck me the most of this picture is the poverty that it radiates. Two people working the clay with their bare hands. Harvesting some potatoes. They had to feed ten children with it.

This picture is my inspiration to design a serie of rings. Representing a life of hard work, literaly digging the harvest out of the ground, only using your bare hands.

The Harvest
Casted, oxidized silver and gold.

My grandparents married in the spring of 1945. The south was already liberated, the north of the country was still at war. My grandparents met at the wedding of my grandmothers sister. Soon she was expecting, so no time to waste. Even though the war was over in our village, people were poor. My grandmother got married in a black dress and pearls, probably borrowed from her sister.
I used this weddingpicture as an inspiration to design a wedding-necklace. If you have nothing, you have to be creative. People had to make the most of it, hand-made. This necklace is about two different characters joined together with a golden ring. There are also four silver pearls that represent the four children that my grandparents had.

Necklace 95cm
Oxidized silver, gold and matted onyx.

Working title
in progress

My grandmother (middle) on the beach in The Hague.

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