With wide ranging experience in the arts as a curator and arts manager Alice Cicolini joined MA Design Jewellery to follow her passion and become a jewellery designer.
Aided by her well developed sense of connoisseurship and practical experience of how a design business works Alice sought to fuse knowledge gained for her time working in India. The Reverence Project explores the Indian adornment ritual practice solar srinagar through a play with form and pattern that travels across the trade routes of Asia into Europe.
Focusing on the sacred architecture of the Silk Route, The Reverence Project presents objects that are formally symbolic of ritual, but also afford the wearer opportunities to create their own rituals of use - the pieces are presented in box sets of component pieces which can be worn singly or in bold clusters. Created in finely carved 'black coral' 24 carat gold and wood and in enamel, the pieces are handmade in India in the studio of Kamal Meenakar, one of the last Jaipuri meenakari trained in the 27 enamel traditions of Persia that have been passed down through generations of the family over 250 years.
As with many of India's mastercraft traditions, practitioners of fine meenakari skill are becoming rarer; in order to demonstrate the viability of mastercraft as a profession to a younger generation, to sustain these and therefore hand skills, practitioners such as Meenakar must continue to find new audiences and contemporary design languages that appeal to customers whose lives and tastes are so different from the world in which this work is made, whilst retaining the inherent beauty and tradition of the practice. It is a fine balance, and one with which The Reverence Project engages.