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June 10, 2019

IED new designer Beatrice Marini awarded in London with a research jewel

THE JEWELLERY IN MICROBIAL LEATHER OF THE FORMER STUDENT WHO GRADUATED IN JULY 2018 WON THE JURY OF THE INTERNATIONAL ARTEFACT INNOVATION AWARD

It is IED Milano, with Beatrice Marini’s Thesis Project – Invisible Made Visible – that won the Materials & Embellishments award, one of the three categories into which the INTERNATIONAL ARTEFACT INNOVATION AWARD was divided this year, in the context of London Graduate Fashion Week 2019.

What won the jury of the award promoted by Crisden, a luxury accessories company, was the innovativeness and originality of the project with which Beatrice Marini graduated last year.

Invisible made visible is a collection of pins that – starting from the material used for its aesthetics – wants to show that everyone needs relationships: like the most evolved beings, micro-organisms have the same need. A contemporary jewelry project that involves the use of a totally sustainable material, called MICROBIC SKIN, produced by the symbiosis between bacteria and yeasts (fungi). A mixture of water and sugar, in the presence of oxygen, gives them the right conditions to grow and after a period of cultivation of microorganisms and fermentation the result is a spongy and slippery substance, which once dried and treated to make it waterproof resembles human skin.

Hence the collection of brooches created with the use – alongside microbial skin – of fabrics (silk or nylon) and precious metals, as well as plating processes.