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kinetic objects: claudio pino’s rings

Today we return to our discovery of kinetic art objects with Claudio Pino’s complex kinetic rings. Born and raised in Chile, Pino now calls Canada home as he transforms raw materials including 18k gold, silver, precious stones and pearls into miniature sculptures that turn, whirl and spin.  The rings are reminiscent of globes spinning on axes, planets circling the sun or mechanical worlds with robotic blooms…


Infinities, Kinetic Ring, 14k Gold, Sterling Silver, Diamonds, Moonstsone, Ruby,
Best in Show 2009, Metal Arts Guild of Canada Steel Trophy Award

Representing a drop of water floating freely in space, the central Moonstone in Infinities, shown above, pivots 360 degrees in six directions.

Magnificence Stellaire, see description below

Magnificence Stellaire, detail

Magnificence Stellaire is a kinetic ring that represents a celestial system in motion. It was inspired by the immensity of the starry sky in the farthest reaches of the northern hemisphere. A sky that unifies all the provinces of Canada. The central stone, a black opal, portrays the aurora borealis with colorful and turbulent wisps of air in the vibrant darkness of the night. The stone rotates 360 degrees, thanks to a carefully designed and complex mechanism. This system also consists of various elements, including eight white freshwater pearls which symbolize the lunar phases. On the sides of the ring, several golden drops shimmer tracing the magnificence of the Milky Way. It also features moonstones that epitomize the black holes of our universe. This sculptural ring was designed after considerable reflection on the subjects of Unity and Diversity. It represents not only the magnitude of the sky but also the importance of each different element of our system. A vast sky, which unites us all despite the great distances that separate us.” Claudio Pino

Mystical Flowering, Kinetic Ring,
14K Gold, Opal, Diamonds, Tanzanites, Tahiti Pearls, Fresh water pearls

“The importance of jewellery in history fascinates and inspires me. Having a gem connected to one’s own body movements and having it associated with one’s personal appearance is a subject of investigation in itself. In 2000, I began a series of kinetic rings, where, just like a guardian angel, a gemstone watches over its owner. The rings mechanically follow the movements of the body in many small and complex ways.” Claudio Pino


kinetic objects: angela fung slides her way to success

Angela Fung’s kinetic jewelry collection includes rings that spin and slide, pendants that glide and bracelets that fold. The rest of her portfolio boasts not-quite-kinetic jewelry that looks like it might spring right off of your body. All appeal to the fidgety, restless side of me.


Fold Bracelet, silver, stainless steel

Slide Ring, titanium, 18kt gold rivets, blue topaz

Spin Ring, gold, platinum, diamond

Fung’s engagement rings with diamonds that spin in their settings are interesting – but wouldn’t you be afraid of what might happen if the pin that holds the diamond in there became compromised? Worrying about that would be enough to make me fidget!

Glide Ring, stainless steel, 18kt gold rivets, garnet

Fold Necklace, stainless steel, silver

“Angela has always been drawn to movement, interaction between jewellery and wearer. The function, adaptability and an element of surprise play a very important role in her designs.”From the artist’s website


kinetic objects: hemsley, doremus and taniguchi in motion

kinetic ki·net·ic (kə-nět’ĭk, kī-)
of, relating to, or produced by motion.

Kinetic objects are a continuing source of captivation and joy for me. Get comfortable and be prepared to smile – you are in for a treat this week as we celebrate several artists who create work meant for you to move and meant to move you.


Joanna Hemsley, pendant

There is an element of playfulness in kinetic jewelry that brings out the carefree child in me. We start the week with a jolt of color, a play on words and a few ‘creature’ comforts, beginning with the aptly titled series, ‘Inter{action}’ from England’s Joanna Hemsley. Her large collection of colorful, accordion-like rings, bracelets and necklaces can be worn closed if you are in a quiet mood – but be sure to open the pop-up centers if you are looking to start a conversation.

Joanna Hemsley, bracelet, ring

Joanna Hemsley, ring


“I am intrigued by creation and the beginning of life; plant shoots breaking through concrete, and creating a pocket of life from nothing. I am also inspired by the magic of pop-up and the playful transformation of three dimensional forms growing from a flat plane before disappearing again.” Joanna Hemsley

I find it impossible to look at Sarah Doremus’ kinetic jewelry without laughing out loud. She skillfully plays with us, plays with words, and laughs with us at our human limitations.  Love it.

Sarah Doremus, Self Congratulatory Ring


Sarah Doremus, Self Fanning Ring


Sarah Doremus, Queen Elizabeth Wave Ring


“I like to use my work to create a sort of tongue in cheek play on the human condition. Using words, puns or expressions in combination with physical representation of form I want to poke fun at our collective angst-ridden human condition: Not to minimize or diminish its impact but rather put it in perspective and by doing so remove the perceived anxiety; Basically, to render it impotent.” Sarah Doremus

Japanese born Rie Taniguchi makes lighthearted articulated pins, rings, pendants and objects. Some do double duty, all bring smiles. Taniguchi’s site has an extensive portfolio dating back to 1995. Spend some time browsing through the archives to see many more gems.

Rie Taniguchi, Peagons

Rie Taniguchi, Penguin Chick Pin and Pendant

Rie Taniguchi, Donkis

Rie Taniguchi, Donkis Dismantled


Rie Taniguchi, Fairy Pin


“She finds jewellery and poetry have a similar essence. They are both small and concentrated, so that can be carried with you mentally and physically. They are full of metaphor and very personal.” From Rie Taniguchi’s Website

Previous kinetic jewelry posts from DAM here and here.

Later this week kinetic meets geometry meets industrial meets…you. And Synergy2, Part2 (nope, I didn’t forget – and here’s Synergy2 Part1 in case you missed it).  Time for me to go play – see you soon!

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