Designers are image-makers. They focus on something which already exists and try to set it up in a new context. Sometimes the output is intriguing and beautiful at the same time. So is AEIOUY, a project by Beau Bertens and Eline Ceelen. Both trained as textile and graphic designers collaborate both under the name VOWEL and create beautiful and sometimes absurd jewelry.
They create semi-functional objects with a sense of vagueness and fuzzy reality. That touches the boundaries of readability, abstraction and representation. VOWEL challenges the perception by reinterpreting time-bounded knowledge into an abstract conceptual context. — One can not understand natural phenomena only by science, but also needs to feel emotional attracted to them. What we consider as reality is based on our knowledge of today. VOWEL functions as a meta-language. A visual aesthetic system that constructs language and consists out of semiotics — ordered by form, material and content. The interpretation of this system lies in the eye of the beholder.
With their series AEIOUY they declare jewelery as a kind of written symbol and image. These perceived 'images' are the result of a autonomous research. Which focusses on material aesthetics, by constructing waste-material out of loose connections. The context in which these objects behave, define their capability to re-sense. The resulting collection is based on accumulation, a re-arrangement of found objects, composed and combined by Bertens and Ceelen. Characterized by light colors, artificial materials and an abstract, modern form language defines the jewelery by VOWEL a new field between graphic, jewelery and the body.