Made of fine silver, 999. Recycled.
This design is inspired by the repetitive patterns found in ancient Kongo symbols : the diamonds, the arrows and the colour black. The melted glass bead represents Kala : the black point from which life begins.
The earrings are about 5cm long. The silver – certified recycled – is textured to imitate the grain of the sand from which glass is made. The glass beads are handmade from recycled glass by artisans in Ghana and I melt them again gently to snug into their silver case.
Silver naturally tarnishes with exposure to air.
Wash with warm water, not hot. Dilute dish soap in a sink full of warm water before adding the silver items to avoid dark spots from concentrated dish detergent.
Lemon juice works very well to clean your jewellery. Rinse clean with warm water.
This piece is part of the glass collection. In this collection I play with glass beads traditionally handmade by artisans in Ghana.
I am fascinated by this material – Glass – that is made only from sand and heat. It can change shape again and again, indefinitely, with a new purpose each time. So I work the fine silver – which is also recycled – to resemble the grainy texture of sand. I also explore traditional jewellery design from nomadic cultures in northern Africa.
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M.K Nsika was born in Congo and now lives and works in London.
M.Kala is her artist name under which she presents minimalist yet bold sculptural pieces.
Each of her pieces is a conversation piece with an ancient Kongo system of belief in which life and death is a never-ending cycle : the Dikenga.
Her African background informs her practice: she thinks carefully about her material, its context in history and the environment. With each collection, she plans to select one particular material that used to carry great value in pre-colonial Africa.
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