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Accents that Shine: Designs for the Home by Fernanda Sibilia

2_de7eb0e3-933f-401a-86f7-81226870ea65_2048x2048Bold designs that reference Midcentury Modern design and Pre-Columbian art

Using traditional metalsmithing techniques, artist Fernanda Sibilia designs jewelry and housewares inspired by the local culture of her hometown of Buenos Aires. From bronze to copper and alpaca silver (a silver-colored alloy), her creations manipulate a range of metals and are based on a unique method of material exploration. We spoke with the Argentinian artist to learn a bit about her newest pieces.

“I was thrilled with the idea of doing products for the home,” says Sibilia. “We came up with the idea of making mobiles and bowls. My house is full of small items everywhere—it is something I carry from my childhood.”

While her jewelry designs typically reference midcentury modern and Pre-Columbian art, these new domestic goods recall popular Latin American interior design and enameled objects from the 1970s. They also survey the possibilities of creating bold colors and textures through patination, a signature look she also explores in her jewelry.

Her studio, which comprises seven highly skilled artisans, works collaboratively to create these items. “I like the uniqueness imprinted on each piece when they are handmade,” says Sibilia. “Sometimes one piece has more than one artisan’s hands involved, as you see in the bowls.”

Her bowls, which range in size from 2 1/2” to 5 1/2”, are available in an array of shapes and colors at our concept store, Rock Paper Silk. These inspiring objects are lightweight yet make a dramatic statement when displayed in groups or on their own.

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Inspired by Nature: 5 Global Makers

fernandasibilia_largeFrom July 10 to September 18, The Store at Mia presents makers from across the globe who explore nature through products for everyday life. To complement the exhibition“Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection,” these makers seek inspiration from nature and play with new ways to bring the outside in.

Lee Coren, Tel Aviv, Israel
Sibilia, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Adiv, Mumbai, India
House of Talents, Ghana + Mali
Bird of Virtue, San Francisco, California

As always, every purchase supports Mia, and members save 20%.

Inspired by traditional Latin American crafts and materials, Fernanda Sibilia makes beautiful organic jewelry rich in detail, texture, and color. She infuses her collection with the brilliant colors of native flowers and trees. Says Fernanda: “The view from my balcony is of the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden. It encourages me every day.”

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A Behind-the-Scenes Peek at Jewelry Making with Sibilia

2008-190-19_f_2048x2048by Morgan Pearce, THE MET Store Magazine

Evoking ancient patinas found on Pre-Columbian objects, Sibilia’s textured jewelry expresses her special artistry

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store works with artists and craftspeople around the world to offer exquisite products that reflect our collection of 5,000 years of art.

Necklace, Pre-Columbian, coral, turquoise, cotton

Master jeweler Fernanda Sibilia and her team of seven highly skilled artisans have been working together for the past twenty years to create handmade jewelry using traditional metalsmithing and jewelry techniques inspired by the local art, markets, and culture of Buenos Aires.

Ms. Sibilia notes, “the Pre-Columbian Galleries were inspiring.” Looking at her designs, like the Crescent Chain Necklace, our Two-Tone Bib Necklace or our Patina Circle Pin, you will note similarity to precious objects in our collection, which features jewelry of similar shapes as well as heavily patinated copper sculpture and jewelry typical of the period. This melding of ancient inspiration and techniques with modern designs makes our Sibilia jewelry a treasure to behold.