Blessed Child Rings by Britta Schwalm

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Blessed Child

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Rings

INSPIRATION:
The rings "Blessed Child" symbolize the promise of mutual trust. A symbol of the instinct to protect and nurture children, especially your own. The symbol for love. Furthermore they are an expression of the appreciation of a child who is special to the wearer of the ring. Not least a stillborn child. This appreciation can also express reminiscence of your own childhood, of one's own "inner child". (My inspiration was my son)

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Blessed Child rings give physical representation to a very special feeling: The deep connection between mother and child. Blessed Child are 2 rings: The first ring hides a baby on the inside: when you wear it on your finger the secret of the ring is not visible to others. Only the wearer of the ring feels the baby. The second ring is like a cot for the baby - it snuggles up to the outer ring, visible to everyone. The baby is comfortable and safe. It lies on its stomach, thumb in mouth, radiating feelings of trust and satisfaction.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The rings are a way of honouring the connection and love to a child. They are a means to preserve these memories, emotionally in the heart as well as physically on the finger. The rings can be made in any preferred alloy e.g. gold, platinum. Ther is the possibility for customization. Both can be engraved inside, e.g. with name and date of birth. Especially in the ring with the baby on the inside offers itself to provide the outside with a gemstone. This could be a diamond or any other gemstone.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Since my son is born in 2011 I've tried to visualize him on and in a ring. It took some time to find the right tools get it properly. In 2013 I got information about 3shaper, a 3D program that can design figurative elements. Now I was able to build the rings as I had seen them in my vision. The rings were exhibited in december 2014 in the Museum angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main in Germany.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
First drafts of the rings originated from sketches and hand-carved wax models. Thereafter, the rings were designed with 3Design, which is specifically for jewelry. Additionally 3Shaper was used, which specializes in organic and figurative representations. From the data generated wax models of residue-free wax were printed by the company MPS, using Rapid Prototyping. These were then cast in silver. In the final stage, the rings were hand polished to ensure absolute smoothness.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Diameter app. 22 m x 7 mm The rings are proper, not to heavy, but also not too airy

TAGS:
ring, baby, blessed child, glueckskind, sternenkind, inner child, sternenkinder, glueckskinder, glueckskindringe, sternenkindringe

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Design research was mad by building modells. I tried a fiew positions in which the baby could lie without hurting the finger or being cumbersome to the wearer. The only way to be save was testing the ring in daily routine.

CHALLENGE:
The form-language of design is naturalistic and simple. A playful and kitschy style was deliberately avoided, to give the wearer the freedom to assign her own emotions and attitudes to the ring. The presentation of the baby is indeed authentic and the body round babyish, although individual facial features were deliberately avoided to ensure the symbolic character. For this reason, the child's sex is not defined. The form-finding of the baby archetype was a complex design process.

ADDED DATE:
2014-11-13 03:46:28

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Britta Schwalm and Martin Schellhas

IMAGE CREDITS:
Hr. Schäfer, MPS, Pforzheim/Germany

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.dein-glueckskind.de
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Blessed Child (Your 'Glueckskind')

PROFILE:
'Blessed Child' is the story of love. "Children are love made visible" said Novalis, and 'Blessed Child' adds "Thank you!" by presenting a precious and ultimately personal ring to your loved one. There are two rings, "Sam", the baby on top of the ring - and "Jamie", the baby nestling inside the ring. Both can be made in silver, each alloy of gold or platinum. The engraving tells the intimate story and a set brilliant gives the finishing touch. Even customer design wishes can be realised through using 3D data. The company was founded recently and the owner is a experiend goldsmith using latest technology.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Blessed Child Rings by Britta Schwalm is a Nominee in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category.

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Blessed Child Rings by Britta Schwalm is Winner in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category, 2014 - 2015.

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