Mariangela Porcu’s jewellery reinterprets the fine ancient technique of the Bosa filet - a complex traditional Sardinian embroidery techinique which is performed on a meshed fabric - transposed into a different field of craftmanship. Unique and appealing owing to their unusual material rendering, Trina’s jewels are the result of experimentation and great ability in evoking the goldsmith’s ancient filigree tradition with fine techniques and materials. Born on the minor island of Sant’Antioco, she later moved to Cagliari with her family, where she helped her mother in the management of a haberdashery that represented an opportunity for her to gain deep knowledge of the traditional filet. She discovered the Bosa filet almost by chance, and then with enthusiasm started in-depth research into this typical Sardinian embroidery technique also through the exchange of precious skills. Her experimentation and careful analysis of the motifs of this traditional embroidery finally led to the creation of her first jewels. She successfully promotes her creations at the most important trade fairs dedicated to the excellence of the crafts of the island.
Both delicate and outstanding at the same time, unique in style and technique, Trina’s jewels aesthetically echo ancient lace and refined jewellery, as a precious tribute to the wisdom and typical skills of women. The production consists of several lines corresponding to different technical and aesthetic subjects: Fiore (Flower), Forme (Shapes), Janas, Luna (Moon) which differ in motif, colour and style.
Mariangela’s creations are all entirely handmade, using the tools traditionally employed for filet: she prepares the mesh, embroiders it with a remarkable number of stitches and then shapes her refined creations with hard and semi-precious stones.
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