BISMA EIGHT PRESENTS
AN INTIMATE JEWELRY EXHIBITION
IRMA WY JEWELRY
Let it go, let it flow.
Presenting a 6-month exploration and creation where inspirations flow from Indonesian artistry to the reminiscence of the artist's years living in Paris, and the feeling of home between Geneva and Bali. Irma Yasandikusuma had created her work following her intuition shared with local artisans and creatives who had worked with her in the past and in the recent times.
IRMA WY pieces were created with hand embroideries and paintings, using as much as possible the remaining of high couture silk and cotton fabrics found between Paris and Bali, as well as handwoven textiles. Gemstones were mainly originated from Bali and metals used were gold, silver, brass and copper, and a few of her jewelry pieces are interchangeable.
IRMA WY presents a collection of unique pieces entirely crafted in Bali, each one of them telling a personal story or memory of the artist-founder, Irma Yasandikusuma, with silversmith Ketut Siba, stone carver Muklis, handcrafter Wayan Rani, and creative hand Cynthia.
IRMA WY collaborated with SEBUMI in the unique jewelry display designs and creations.
IRMA WY EXHIBITION OPENING NIGHT
Creative Process and Techniques
IRMA WY designs were created through different hand techniques such as embroidery, painting, silver metal shaping and stone carving. The artist, Irma Yasandikusma, loved to play with 'batu akik' (masculine stones, mostly favored and worn by men) to revisit the cultural passion for these stones in Indonesia. The primary gemstones recently chosen put into the work were black Jade, Agate and Jasper that were known even believed for their protection properties, creativity, gentleness and more.
The petals were made out of left fabrics from natural dye factories (one of which was TARUM Bali), designer ateliers, or remaining textiles from high fashion brands which she had found in Paris when she some time visited the city.
During the time when Irma was working at Lanvin fashion house, she had gained skills in crafting petals out of silk fabric; today she had explored this technique deeper through her own creative vision.
THE ARTIST BACKGROUND
Born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, Irma Yasandikusuma had studied fashion design in Paris at the Studio Berçot and worked in different fashion houses. Her most notable experience was the role in the LANVIN House of Fashion as the jewelry and accessories assistant designer and had worked closely with the renowned Elie Top in 2010 until 2011.
Followed through this enriching experience, Irma had taken part in many creative projects and officially started her own jewelry line IRMA WY in 2013. Since then, she had expanded and established her name in Paris and Geneva by collaborating with privately-own luxury boutiques, art galleries and creative pop-ups.
After she had started designing her own collection line she later had felt the need to further explore the creations then had decided to come to Bali in 2016 to expand the line in her home country and collaborate more closely with Indonesian artisans in pursuance of cultivating her cultural heritage into the work weaved with what she had learned back in Europe.
Today IRMA WY brand counts five to seven people investing their manual and creative skills independently into unique pieces of jewelry.
A NOTE FROM THE ARTIST
As an Indonesian woman growing up in Switzerland and had studied in the capital of the Arts, Paris, I had always embraced and tried to harmonize the contrast of cultures through my work. I had realized today that the sense of union in diversity comes from the national adage of my country of heritage: 'Bhinneka Tunggal Ika' (unity in diversity). These words are the core of all my inspirations and motivation to create something meaningful and close to my heart.
For the latest installation at Bisma Eight, I share a sense of intuitive fusion through the pieces and present you unique and singular creations responding to personal moods and inspiration.
IRMA WY intimate exhibition showcases an intuitive fusion from different elements of the past and current times demonstrated elegantly in its Indonesian-inspired pieces and its latest signatures.
The opening night will be enriched by a special duo dance performance by Ninus and Ramadayapati, two contrasted dancers letting their different spirit meet and flow together in a song created and produced by Agha Praditya Yogaswara.
We are delighted to have you join the opening night:
Friday, 3 August 2018
Bisma Eight Lobby Pond
Jl. Bisma, Ubud
Bali, Indonesia 80571
Special dance performance by Ninus & Ramadayapati