The main motifs of the new collection from Israeli designer Vika Mayzel, who lives and works in Prague, are sea and memories. Memories for her native Crimea and both Tel Aviv, for the Black and Mediterranean Sea. For childhood and adolescence, for waves, sand, freedom, and home, which the sea has been always part of. The name Tamarix comes from an indomitable, sun-loving shrub that grows both on Crimean and Israeli shores. It was also mentioned in the Hebrew holy book of Tanach. The collection includes necklaces, pendants, earrings and rings that together create harmony, but at the same time, each element can be a self-sufficient bit. All jewelry is made of silver in various techniques: earrings and a ring, for example, are a combination of 3D printing and hand-crafts, while others have been wax casting, followed by silver casting, others were created by silver oxidation. Various details of Israeli port Jaffo served for Vika as visual inspiration. It was not only a frequent destination for her walks but also that was depicted on her painting canvas. Some details such as folds of eyelets or marine ropes of anchored ships that appeared on the painting and are also reflected in the jewelry. Same as the window arches or the clay flower beds, hidden in adjacent winding alleys. The important part is the transformation of the disparate, eclectic and colorful aesthetics of this genius loci into monochrome artefacts.
Photography: Evgenia Vradiy, Vojtech Pavelcik
Text: Anna Noskova.
Model: Marie Goncharenko.
Vika Mayzel is a young jewelry designer and a nomad that travels from place to place. Born in Ukraine, she then studied in Israel and later moved to Czech Republic, where she now lives and creates new works, including her latest collection Santana. Mayzel creates contemporary jewelry pieces, finding a perfect balance between ever trendy minimalism and tribal aesthetics; between bold geometry and a traditional amulet, good-luck charm and a war blade showing from its scabbard. Santana collection was partially inspired by the works of swiss artist Jean Tinguely – and was even named after one of his kinetic sculptures, repeating in a way, though on a smaller scale, lightness and mobility of Tinguely’s shapes. Santana also shows the development of Mayzel’s own style: while staying true to her signature sharp corners, she abandons visually heavy black designs in favor of more light summer’y vibe. From blades and amulets Mayzel’s pieces suddenly transform into petals, leaves and spiral stems, presenting us with even more reasons to try them on.
Photography: Evgenia Vradiy
Text: Katia Rabey