Anneleen is inspired by the way daily goods are consumed and (re)presented. With her designs she draws attention to the intrinsic but often unnoticed qualities of everyday objects. The jewellery pieces from the collection CONTAINERS (since 2014 and ongoing) are the result of an artistic research displaying both formal and functional potential of disposable packaging. Challenged by this ambivalence, between waste and its aesthetic potential, her designs and materials play with the notion of precious and worthless. The use of contrasts and metaphors is a recurrent feature in realizing her concepts. During the making process, Anneleen explores the possibilities of a material or product. Thereby she drops their original function and exchanges it for her own personal application. By doing so she gives a new point of view about our relationship with material goods. Through production and reproduction, she investigates the industrially manufactured and its potential applications in craft. The repetitive making process, which refers to the mechanized production, offers the opportunity to produce series of work as well as to make unique pieces. The CONTAINERS collections consist of neckpieces and brooches that will challenge the wearer to revalue waste materials.
CONTAINERS in context – solo expo – gallery Beyond Fashion – 4.12.14 – 24.01.2015
Photographer Elio Germani gave special consideration to the valorization of Swillen’s concept and the method lying behind her CONTAINERS series of jewels. For this shooting he decided to focus on the background, that he conceived as a structure able to welcome the extremely various shapes of each piece. The photographer’s aim was to accommodate the intrinsic coherence of the series, which reflects a soft fusion of concept and shape. He has therefore created a frame capable of welcoming every piece. The shapes of disposable plastic packaging that make up the series delicately inspire the structure. Even if the background refers to the shapes and concepts of the jewels, it also plays a complementary role: the opacity contrasts with the brightness, as vivid colors stand out from the black and white pattern.