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    Between Art and Craft


    Leather goods company J.Hopenstand is dressed up in joyful colours for the launch of Project A which enables artists to collaborate with the brand by revisiting its flagship product, the reversible belt. The letter A was chosen as a name for this first exclusive project as the letter begins the alphabet and is also an ode linking A rt and A rtisan.

    The brand, relaunched in 2015 by the great-grandchildren of Parisian leather craftsman Jacques Hopenstand, has selected the Swiss contemporary artist Sylvie Fleury and the German sculptors Gerold Miller and Wolfram Ullrich for this first collaboration. These artists have adapted their own work onto a belt buckle, which has been created in the image of a mural object while also retaining its own character.

    United by a shared sense of detail, the artists chosen for this project put their own unique design into practice, using materials so special that the Maison had to find more highly qualified French and Swiss craftsmen. The creators were able to successfully complete the project by choosing, much like the stele of a statue, the leather which would best highlight their buckle; grained, smooth, nubuck and exotic leathers were selected. A box also created by the artists encloses and protects the artistic object.

    These exceptional pieces that were exhibited at the last two 'Art Genève' salon extend and strengthen the range of reversible belts and other leather accessories sold online by those who have taken on the family venture set in motion last century. A is also about what lies Ahead, a future in which craft and passion can intertwine. The historic legacy, however, remains present, as art and artisan craftsmanship share an etymology and above all a common element of expertise, technique, and quality.

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    Buckle EYE SHADOWS, 2018

    Limited edition of 20 pieces numbered and signed by the artist Sylvie Fleury, each comes with 4 eyeshadows

    Dans "Eye Shadows", l'utilisation des formes, des structures et des couleurs par Sylvie Fleury reflète les règles et les principes utilisés dans le minimalisme et le Pop Art, tout en transformant le maquillage en un motif iconographique et culturel. L'artiste genevoise offre à l'utilisateur la possibilité de jouer avec une palette d’ombres à paupières interchangeables. Le porteur est alors invité à élire la couleur qui révélera sa tenue comme s'il choisissait le fard à paupière qui intensifiera ses yeux bleus, verts ou noisettes. Pour rappeler la texture et le scintillement qui habillent les compacts de maquillage démesuré de l'artiste, nous habillons la boucle noire \"Eye Shadows\" de disques laqués à la main. Réalisés à base de pigments et de paillettes métalliques, ces derniers rappellent les peintures de carrosserie qui peuvent être à la fois mates et brillantes et font écho à la sensibilité artistique de Sylvie Fleury.

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    Sylvie Fleury was born in Geneva (Switzerland) in 1961 and still works there.
    Broken makeup boxes, gigantic lipsticks, shopping bags turned into sculptures, Mondrian paintings made of fake fur… Since the 90’s Sylvie Fleury has used luxury goods to criticize the mechanisms of our consumerist society, art and fashion. With her various works of all kinds, she tackles very different questions from merchandising to gender, and violence to contemporary mysticism.

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    Buckle , 2017

    Two limited editions of 10 pieces numbered and signed by the artist Sylvie Fleury

    They cannot be touched or seen ... They are 7 ... like the 7 music notes, the 7 colors of the spectrum, the 7 planets, the 7 days of the week. Spiritual centres, chakras rule our intellectual and impulsive qualities and contribute to our wellbeing.
    What could be more inspiring than using invisible energies from the human body to create a work of art that you can wear? Sylvie Fleury did it, by choosing the sacred chakra named Svâdhistâna.
    The sacred chakra, second of the seven main chakras, is also called place of gentleness, and is found at the belt level, where our emotions and creativity are located. Naturally related to physical wellbeing and the pleasure of life, this chakra is a combination of a six-petal lotus and a crescent moon.
    The artist composed two versions of the lotus flower that can be either black, or orange and midnight blue. With a pink-gold and yellow-gold finishing touch, the buckle is then adorned with different lacquers, using a sparkling one for the center.

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    Sylvie Fleury was born in Geneva (Switzerland) in 1961 and still works there.
    Broken makeup boxes, gigantic lipsticks, shopping bags turned into sculptures, Mondrian paintings made of fake fur… Since the 90’s Sylvie Fleury has used luxury goods to criticize the mechanisms of our consumerist society, art and fashion. With her various works of all kinds, she tackles very different questions from merchandising to gender, and violence to contemporary mysticism.

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    Buckle PRO, 2015

    Limited edition of 20 pieces numbered and signed by the artist Wolfram Ullrich

    For those familiar with his work, it is no surprise to see that the German artist Wolfram Ullrich has been inspired by his geometric abstract art for his collaboration with J.Hopenstand. Sharp angles and clearly defined forms dominate his enigmatic cubic polygons. It was, more specifically, polyhedrons, geometric forms with flat surfaces, which inspired the artist to create the buckle entitled 'PRO'. Polished, satin, and sand-blasted finishes, as well as the various hues of grey, provide this work, which will adorn reversible ebony black leather, with the illusion of perspective and depth.

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    Wolfram Ullrich is born in 1961 in Würzburg (Germany) and works in Stuttgart. Ullrich occupies a specific position in contemporary art. Combining tradition and innovation, he creates works whose formal vocabulary comes from the geometric abstract art, especially constructivism. Since 2000-2001 , Ullrich works from polyhedra. The flat part of these geometric shapes is often colored whereas the edges reveal steel. Moreover the separation of the different parts of the polygon intensifies the effect of perspective. Ullrich invites us to go beyond the illusion of the first glance in order to appreciate these hybrid forms as such. Playing with lines, materials, colors and perspective, Ullrich remains faithful to the tradition of concrete art without succumbing to its conventions.

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    Buckle MONOFORM, 2015

    Three limited edition of 20 pieces numbered and signed by the artist Gerold Miller

    For J.Hopenstand, the Berlin-born artist Gerold Miller was inspired by a recent series of works entitled "Monoform" : two angular parts of lacquered aluminium which seek to limit the space belonging solely, according to its creator, to the viewer's imagination. This is how the J.Hopenstand/Gerold Miller belts were born, and they bear a lacquered aluminium buckle available in three series. The pieces christened "Monoform Bleu", "Monoform Rouge", and "Monoform Noir" contrast with the black, blue, and red leathers, respectively.

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    Gerold Miller is born in Altshausen (Germany) in 1961 and works in Berlin. Miller works on the borderline between sculpture, relief, painting and installation. His works are experimental designs that argue with the minimal (form as constellation) and achieve the maximum (space as picture). Definitively freed of its limited function, the border between a pictorial and a environmental zone disappears in favor of a coalition between the center and the periphery, the inside and the outside. Therefore, the empty frame becomes an autonomous composition.

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    Buckle CBB, 2019

    Four limited edition of 5 pieces numbered and signed by the artist Olivier Mosset

    With «CBB», Olivier Mosset invites J.Hopenstand to follow him in his considerations on changing colour. Mosset is known for his monochromes and his search for a self-referent paint. Through this partnership, the artist presents a buckle with iridescent colours and fleeting reflections. The piece of art comes to live through the moving eye of the spectator. Olivier Mosset highlights the range of colours that the eye can see through his reference to Harley Davidson, its bikers, codes and aesthetics. There are four different buckles, all made with an industrial coating known as the chameleon lacquer. There are different shades to the colours as they change depending on the light and reflections, from green to pink, and from pink to golden. There, the monochrome meets its own limits as this metallic painting reveals the facing pigments, the iridescent colours and light, resembling a beetle or a chameleon.

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    Olivier Mosset was born in 1944 in Bern, Switzerland and lives in Tuscon, Arizona. He has always worked around the problematics of signature, appropriation and repetition. His productions reject all search for meaning, such as his multifaceted monochromes or his abstract geometrical pieces. He started his career around 1965 as Jean Tinguely’s and Daniel Spoerri’s assistant. In 1966, with Daniel Buren, Michel Parmentier and Niele Toroni, he founded the artists group BMPT.

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