My name is Anne Eva Margriet and I am the creator of the one-woman-company ÆVA. By one-woman, I mean I am the person at the work-bench making and designing each piece, the one who drops packages off at the post office, the one who shoots the product photography and I am the person managing the brands social media. The production is made by hand in my atmospheric studio, hidden in a monumental city garden in the middle of the Nine Streets in Amsterdam. In this studio I combine my love for interior, art and jewellery into one physical location.
ÆVA (pronounce it as “Eva”) was born out of love for raw, delicate and refined materials and the balance between new design and faded glory. Having that being said, all of the materials are carefully selected, handcrafted and subsequently put together from a stylistic point of view. ÆVA’s jewellery and art objects are characterized by the search for new shapes and colors and I am always capturing everyday beauty for inspiration. Material is the key. By using old ideas, I generate new ideas and perspectives.
The objects that are created should comfort everyone to enhance their personality and character. Since I believe each individual is truly unique, all of the collections come in small seasonless series or one-of-a-kind pieces. The slow jewellery stands for good quality, clean and honest production, as well as minimal environmental impact. I only work with sustainable materials and conflict free-gold.
Jewellery is art.
The creation of a fine piece of jewellery requires an understanding of materials and form, composition, a command of aesthetics, design application, workmanship and originality. ‘All these ingredients together make something exceptional – it’s this that defines a work of art.’
I am trying to show jewellery not only in small, but also in larger dimensions, to present the form more clearly. I think jewellery is a challenging category in decorative arts, it’s more than just a wearable ornament. That’s why I am focusing on the multiple meanings of jewellery and the ways in which it is used and its applications across times and cultures. I like to call my creations “wearable art” and “wall jewellery”, so it bridges the gap between my job as an artist and a goldsmith, and to fuse these two crafts.
After a period of self-reflection, I learned how the Japanese art of ‘Kintsugi’ is a recurring theme in my life. ‘Kintsugi’ is the Japanese art of putting broken pieces back together with gold – built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art. This practise of fixing broken things is a metaphor for healing ourselves and teaches us an important lesson: Sometimes in the process of repairing things that have broken, we actually create something more unique, beautiful and resilient.
2010 Bachelor Fashion Design, Art Academy ArtEZ Arnhem
2011 Cursus, Vakschool Edelsmeden Amsterdam
2012 Pre-master Design Cultures, VU Amsterdam
2020 Philosophy ‘Grote Denkers’, The School of Life Amsterdam