For the International Design Fair SIERAAD 2016 I’ve collaborated with the fantastic jewellery designer Sybille Paulsen from Berlin. Together we are Paul et Martin-Les Barbiers Sucrée, a designer collaboration between Sybille Paulsen from Berlin and Martijntje Cornelia from Rotterdam. We combined our two unique materials, hair and cotton candy, for a jewellery collection which we will present exclusively at the SIERAAD Design Fair in Amsterdam in november.
You can read here how to put your hands, hearts and heads together and collaborate written by Sybille.
This is our storey:
Internal revolutions and transformations are our inspiration for this collection.
Life is a dance of falling apart and coming back together, oscillating between poles like dependence and autonomy, innocence and experience, ignorance and knowledge. Some of those transformative moments happen quick and almost overnight, others prepare for years, grow slowly until they manifest.
We translate these internal changes and shifts into wearable landscapes made of cotton candy and hair. Both these materials inherit a strong dynamic force. Hair grows relentlessly on our body, whereas Cotton Candy, collapses from a fluffy cloud of sugary goodness into a rockhard landscape.
Light as feathers, hair and cotton candy emanate a lot of emotional gravitas. One is reminding us of our ever present inner child and a time when nothing could be sweet enough. The other is a symbol of strength and individuality. A lock of hair is the most personal keepsake one can own or give away.
Our designs are the perfect liaison of our individual work. Sybille’s pieces are timeless geometric keepsakes, intricate and intimate in their aura. Martijntje turns the ephemeral clouds of cotton candy into luscious rough rocks, whose vivaciousness brighten up your dullest days. Together we are Paul et Martin and we encourage you to wear your heart on your sleeve. Embrace the instability of life with an open mind.