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CARMELA BARBATO

Khàrm design, founded in 2016 by Carmela Barbato, designer, goldsmith and scholar, is a research brand on contemporary jewelery that focuses on the interdisciplinary relationship between digital design and production processes and traditional goldsmith workmanship, in a design-oriented perspective .

The design culture investigates the relationship between form and function in relation to material lightness, spatial development and the body as a degree "0".

From plexiglass to semi-precious stones, from cameos to leather scraps, the materials used follow an eco-sustainable design and production process, including the high-precision laser cutting technology, which allows you to obtain very light finished objects, with significant energy savings, of emissions, time and use of raw materials. The integration of this methodology with manual finishing and goldsmithing makes the jewels contemporary: capsules in limited series or unique design pieces are the expression of the contaminated and fluid collaboration between machine and man.

PLEXI3 COLLECTION

The number 3 has retained great antropological relevance over time. The triangle expresses its relationship to bodies in space.

Points joined by lines cross the space defining fullness and emptiness, interior and exterior, through a series of actions of movement: reflection, rotation, superimposition, translation and superficial actions of incision.

Lines that collide, intersect, a geometric texture that defines the body of the jewel.

Black and red are the main colours, then white and electric blue: compact, full, bright and alive.

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The aesthetic/formal research investigates the spatial development of the jewel on the body starting from a module traceable in morphologies from the natural and/or cultural world: symbols or real elements that tell stories recognizable by the collective imagination, which unite, excite and accompany Everyday life.

Through geometric (rotation, reflection, translation) and tactile/superficial (engravings at various depths, aggregation of multiple materials on multiple levels) transformative actions, the designer originates many textures made of solids and voids, lights and shadows, contrasting colors, structural parts and mobile parts, in which the material and the stones become parts of a game in which the user can interact.

GIO-SOTICI earrings 

Designed starting from the contemporary reworking of a piece of jewellery chosen from the archives of the Bijou Museum in Casalmaggiore, these earrings, while retaining their distinctive features, are characterised by innovation in the design and digital production processes and material lightness. 

The aesthetic/formal imaginary explored is Egypt, its exotic places, natural colours, the green of the flora and the orange of the warm endless sunsets.
A joyful and playful jewel, which tells of camels in the im- mensity of the desert, small and characteristic thatched huts, majestic palm trees. 

Special Prize LET'S FEEL GOOD MILANO for RIDEFINING THE JEWEL VII , Jewelry contest curated by Sonia Patrizia Catena Group exhibition Museo del Bijou di Casalmaggiore (Italy) from 24th November 2018 to 25th January 2019. 

CAUSE_WAY PIN/PENDANT 

The jewel, which embodies the contemporary structural and functional reworking of the traditional brooch, is designed in the sign of material lightness, aesthetic/formal essentiality and multi-wearability. 

The imaginary explored is the GIANT'S CAUSEWAY, a geological wonder of Ireland, which nature, in its prodigiousness, has created in the perfection of chance: hexagonal basalt columns perfectly interlocked and arranged next to each other, formed by an ancient underground volcanic explosion from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, rise to the surface. 

A versatile jewel that, while retaining its individual origin, is free of structural constraints. From the cold tones of the ocean to the warm tones of the sunset, the typical colours of Northern Ireland are recreated through the luminosity of the Plexiglas, which layer after layer, like a mirror, captures the light and reflects it between colours and shadows. 

BIJOU MUSEUM PRIZE for RIDEFINING THE JEWEL VIII Jewelry contest curated by Sonia Patrizia Catena. 

On display at the Bijou Museum in Casalmaggiore from 22 October 2022 to 21 January 2023. 

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LASERCUT

LAYER BY LAYER LIGHTNESS COLOURFULL GEOMETRIC

DIGITAL CONTEMPORARY INTERDISCIPLINAY

 MULTIMATERIAL 

PUBLICATIONS

Barbato C., "Jewellery and Contamination" in

Gems and Jewellery, History and Design edited by Jacazzi D. and Morel- li M.D., Editor Dip. Archit. e Disegno Industr. - DADI_PRESS (Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli), 2021, ISBN 978-88- 85556-140

_Barbato C., "Il gioiello e la leggerezza" in

#4 look special issues "Antologia Preziosa" edited by Morel-

li M.D., Editor Dip. Archit. e Disegno Industr. - DADI_PRESS (Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli),July 2020, ISBN 978-88-85556-10-2

_Khàrm design, "The first light" in

Fashion March , Artells magazine - volume 50

_Khàrm design, "Ethereal Garden" Fashion, Marika Magazine - issue 249

 

AWARDS | EXHIBITIONS

_2022 | BIJOU MUSEUM AWARD

Redefining Jewellery VIII, Contemporary Jewellery Competition curated by Sonia Patrizia Catena with Cause_way pin/pendant

_2021 | IGI EXPRESSIONS' PARTICIPATION IN JEWELRY EXCELLEN- CE AWARD 2021 Participation with 3D digital jewellery project

" Open-eyed bracelet"

_2018 | SPECIAL AWARD LET'S FEEL GOOD MILAN

Redefining Jewellery VII , Competition curated by Sonia Patrizia Catena with GIO-SOTICI earrings

_2017 | "YOUNG ARTIST" MENTION

A Jewel for Life 1st edition PROJECT JEWEL COMMUNICATION curated by Sandra Ercolani

_2022 | 2023 CASALMAGGIORE JEWELLERY MUSEUM

Group exhibition - National Competition Redefining Jewellery VIII, Cause_ way pin/pendant (multi-wear jewellery), 22 October 2022/ 21 January 2023

_2022 | GALLERIA ROSSINI (MILAN) - FUORISALONE 2022 Jewellery exhibition "Dea Mare Necklace", "Crater Earrings", "Misteri Pettorina" at Galleria Rossini in Milan for Gioiello Contempora- neo contest 2022 - I edition, 4 to 25 June 2022

_2018/2019 | BIJOU MUSEUM OF CASALMAGGIORE

Jewellery Exhibition "GIO-SOTICI ORCHINI". , National Competition Redefining Jewellery VII Edition 24 November 2018 / 25 January 2019

_2017 | PALAZZO CAPPONI VECTOR FLORENCE

Salon of Excellence and Fashion Frames - PITTI UOMO 92 Exhibition of Jewellery Collections ,13 June 2017

_2017 | Travelling exhibition in Piacenza

Jewellery exhibition "IL FILO ROSSO COLLANA", National Contemporary Jewellery Competition "A jewel for life" 1st edition Jewellery Project Communication March/September 2017

 

Carmela Barbato exhibits her design jewels throughout Italy, since 2016 she has won several awards and received mentions. Since 2018 you have been collaborating with the Department of Architecture and Industrial Design of the Unicampania as a subject expert at the CdS Design for Fashion and writing some contributions for publications on jewellery. From 2021 she is the editorial director of Alkimiya Mag – Glocal Jewelry trend book.

 

THE COLLECTIONS WILL BE SOON AVAILABLE ON THE ALWAYSUPPORTALENT E-SHOP

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