Rengin guner jewellery

Handcrafted  simplicity

Commission for Antarctic Science Foundation

Late 2020, I have been asked by the Antarctic Science Foundation to design lapel pins to gift 32 special founding supporters to the foundation.

In 1911, 32 adventurers set out to explore Antarctica. Today, 32 adventurers will help provide the funds to save it. 1911-1914 journey is famous for the courage and endurance of its 32 expeditioners. Today’s 32 supporters will join the journey to build the Antarctic Science Foundation as a vibrant driver for advancing Antarctic research, conservation and global understanding.

The brief was short and clear. My design should reflect the world’s highest, driest, windiest, coldest, and iciest continent, Antarctica.

I loved the opportunity to design and make the work for Antarctic Science Foundation. And reading, researching and looking at the amazing photos of that great continent inspired me with my version of small silver iceberg.

The power of the ice

The landscape In Antarctica is dramatic, extreme and beautiful. Sheer cliffs plunge into the sea, glaciers hang onto mountain slopes and tabular icebergs the size of buildings float past the ship.

Ice motion is dominated by the movement of glaciers, whose gravity-driven activity is controlled by two main variable factors: the temperature and strength of their bases.

All things flow, following paths of least resistance. A flowing rhythm gives a sense of movement, and is often more organic in nature.

The design concept of Antarctic pins was influenced by the continuous progression; flow of the ice; fluid landscape of Antarctica.

My aim is to create actual forms that morph and change shape, a 'feeling' for the occurring flow phenomena, to show a smooth continuity, to capture a moment of that slow act of flowing.