Penelope's Verbs

This collection was inspired by the Greek legend of Penelope, the wife of king Odysseus. When her husband doesn't return from the Trojan war, she is courted by bachelors who want to usurp the throne. She tells them she will remarry when she finishes weaving the shroud for her husband, but each night she pulls out the threads again until the day when Odysseus finally returns.

The idea of weaving and unweaving appealed to me greatly. The silent but strong resistance of Penelope was the main inspiration for these jewels. She searches, waits, thinks, longs, ... hence the title "Penelope's Verbs".

This collection was presented in gallery Amaranto Joies in Barcelona in September 2007.

The jewel "Déjame que me calle con el silencio tuyo" won the Enjoia't Professional Artistic Award 2007 of design center FAD in Barcelona.

Photos ©Ulrike Van Pottelbergh