In London I met Pauline Janssen, a girl from Belgium, Ghent. She recently moved to London and is working at auction house Bonhams. Aside from working there she also started selling vintage jewellery on her Instagram page, 'Pauline's Jewellery Box'.
Pauline started a collective together with Arthur Buerms, called ‘Life of L’. they created a platform for young designers and entrepreneurs to exhibit and show their work. She invited me to come over and have a look at an exhibition Life of L was organising, called ‘Elements of Now’ in Ghent.
I arrived in a beautiful town house in the city centre of Ghent. The floors were beautifully tiled and at the end of the entrance hall I saw a glimpse of an enthralling, elegant spiral staircase.
On the ground floor Pauline presented her vintage jewellery pieces in glass cloches. She gave me a little tour of the building, that completely blew me away: what a beautiful location to have an exhibition!
In the basement there was total darkness with just a sound of wind, water drops and cracks in the background and a spot on a little tree in the middle of the room. The tree was surrounded by scrap aluminium pieces and a rake. It all made for a rather lugubrious atmosphere. The work made me think about the contrast between life and death, but also gave me a claustrophobic feeling. The tree was alive, but in my eyes in danger of choking in the scrap metal. This art installation called ‘4.4’ was made by Elise Guillaume (Artist currently studying a BA at Goldsmiths University) and Joachim Froment (Artist and Designer currently studying MA at the Royal College of Art). It’s called 4.4, because they used 4.4 tons of aluminium waste. An excerpt from the accompanying text: “It suggests new landscapes caused by consumer behaviour. The duality between organic and industrial elements induces an environment of silent chaos.”
After this breathtaking moment I went upstairs to check out the stunning and really cool coats of young designers Alicia Meus and Audrey Joris. They created a brand called ‘AliciaAudrey Collection’. They design cashmere reversible coats for women. Their first collection launched in 2016.
I’m an absolute fan of the simplicity and honest use of materials. The colours are soft and well-matched, while the finish is perfect. They added a reflective material in some of the coats, a nice feature that makes them just that little bit more catchy and interesting.
I’m really happy I went to the exhibition. Pauline did a great job organising this and bringing young designers and entrepeneurs such as herself a step closer to the people.