ARTIST OF THE MONTH-BDQ
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Artist of the Month (9): Bande des Quatres
October 24, 2017
The Origin Story
Art and design are the biggest sources of inspiration for Bande Des Quatres. Janis and Erin draw from a wide variety of styles, periods and media - from photography to sculpture, painting, architecture, graphic and industrial design. As Georgia O’Keefe said, “colours and shapes make a more definite statement than words.” Taking her cue, BDQ celebrates the purely visual, relying on colours, shapes and lines to create their unique designs. From Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, BDQ draws from the philosophy of learning by experimentation, inviting their followers to wear these elements, this history and heritage on the body.Every Bande Des Quatres piece is named after the artist or architect whose style inspired it:
Collection I, Bauhaus Masters
Collection II, Architects
Collection III, Abstract Photographers
Collection IV, Minimalist Artists
Collection V, Typography
Each design is a collaboration: conceived by Erin and hand-crafted by her mother Janis. Erin describes working together as truly a gift - she is always full of ideas and Janis knows exactly how to translate them! Their design process begins by deciding on an art-based theme for a new collection, and from there they start putting pen to paper. The next step is to play a bit of dress up by using paper models to see how the new pieces could look when worn, and then the ideas are transformed to metal. Once each piece is finalized it is named based on the theme and the artist who inspired it.
Bande Des Quatres celebrates illusion in adornment and redefines the conventions of traditional jewellery. The pieces are adaptable and functional - although initially developed for individuals with an interest in edgy art and fashion, many of the rings are also exceptionally comfortable on arthritic fingers! In this way there is something for everyone in BDQ jewellery.
Creating for BDQ is a time for the design duo to bring together their individual and joint art influences and blend them. Having lived together for 18 years, Janis and Erin have had the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of art, fashion and design and learn to communicate and translate elements that attract them without words. This is the wunderful benefit of being a mother-daughter team.