From Finance to Fashion: Isabelle's Journey
Isabelle Busnel believes that jewelry is the most powerful, yet underrated, means of communicating visually between people. She wants her jewelry to arouse interest and intrigue by creating a gap between appearance and reality, thus establishing a unique relationship between the wearer, the viewer and the maker.
After a 15-year career in finance and banking, Isabelle had the urge to express herself in a different way. She went back to school and did her Research MA from the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design at London Metropolitan University.
Having used a variety of materials in previous works, she is currently working with silicone rubber. White is the predominant colour of her work but her latest collections incorporate colours, black, gold leaves, pewter and some external elements such as pearls or beads.
Isabelle's most iconic pieces are her Stomachers brooches. While they were extremely fashionable at the turn of the twentieth century, the stomacher, a piece of jewelry that is designed to be pinned to the bodice of a gown, has long since gone out of style. Modern clothes don't really allow them to be worn, so royal examples often languish in the vaults — or are redesigned.
Her giant magnetic silicone brooches are a tribute to those “stomachers”. She is exhorting us to let them get out of the vaults and be worn again!
The use of magnets as a means to attach the jewelry to the garment allows her to create jewellery that plays hide and seek with body and clothes.
Her giant magnetic silicone brooches are a tribute to the “stomacher”. She is exhorting us to let them get out of the vaults and be worn again!
Come experience the design and craftsmanship of Isabelle Busnel at Galerie Rue Pigalle, open now until December 31st at Yorkville Village, Upper Floor (formerly Hazleton Lanes).
Image Source: Isabelle Busnel & Yiannis Katsaris