D.A.T.E. 2017: Nico Taeymans workshop
After this D.A.T.E. 2017 we’re not going to say it anymore, or maybe not so often (well, actually we can’t promise that) but Antwerp is a true creative city. The city is a breeding ground where talent lives, works and thrives. Moreover Antwerp has been a diamond and jewellery capital for over 500 years, so it will come as no surprise that talented designers in Antwerp are quite skilled when it comes to turning precious stones and metals into unique items of jewellery. Nico Taeymans is one of them, a passionate, rock and roll designer. Daring, original and slightly quirky. Extravagant but always stylish. Nico Taeymans’ strong signature style just can’t be missed.
A typical piece of Nico’s jewellery has a natural, free-flowing shape and clear lines. Rather than a man-made creation, it appears to be an organic structure- which just happens to have grown out of the most exquisite materials.
Nico himself regards his jewellery as a ‘second skin’. However striking his creations might be, the aim is not for the jewel, but for the wearer to be in the spotlight, shouldn’t it always be like this? Every Taeymans piece is a living, dynamic thing. It ought not to lay idly in a safe or jewellery box. On the contrary: his jewellery are meant to be an integral part of peoples’ ever evolving lives.
The designer was more than happy to welcome the Antwerp 13 to his workshop and invite them to create a very personal jewel.
Nico: “it is my strong belief that jewellery is an integral part of a person, it is not really about the metalwork as such, but much more about the personality of the wearer, and the unique look he or she is conveying to his or hers outside world. One of our own communication channels.”
Our creatives had the chance to create their own jewel with a print of their skin, a finger print, of even to materialize their favourite tattoo. And of course we were there to check things out, curious what the result would be if all these creative great minds came together. Alessandra Genualdo was the one to kick off, she chose to use her life line to create a signet ring. We saw some very original ideas pass: Sarah Tanat-Jones had her tattoo materialized into a ring, Karen Sofie Egebo’s print of her ear is going to be turned into an earcuff, Marianne Yarmolinksy turned the print of her hand palm into a leaf. Nico’s enthusiasm was very contagious, a true creative mind.
Nico Taeymans: bio
At the age of fourteen, Nico Taeymans (1957) decides he wants to become an artist. Two years later he starts his studies in Jewellery Design. Passionate about organic structures and materials, he creates objects made out of wood and metal. In order to help at his father’s company, he has to temporarily leave art school. But he perseveres: after work, he learns the trade at a diamond jewellery workshop.
Years of self-study and specialized courses follow. After some time, silver and tin become his favorite materials. His highly unique signature style starts to take form.From 1988 onwards, Nico becomes a full-time jewellery designer. Presently, there are two fashion collections a year: one in the spring and one in the fall. Apart from this, there are two silver collections and one gold collection a year. Quite a productive guy.
You can find Nico Taeymans’ brand shop at Steenhouwersvest 17, 2000 Antwerp, website, Instagram, Facebook. By the way the jeweler has the Antwerp’s Most Brilliant label, a quality label awarded to jewelers who meet rigorous quality requirements in terms of sustainability, ethics, safety, transparency and service.
Text by Miet Defillet
Pics by Niko Caignie