by Patrizia Samorì, ph. Ornella Burchianti
From Tuscany to Manhattan. And back
She’s an artist who loves sculpture, born in an upper class family in Pisa. Her cultural background is linked to psychology and foreign languages even if she then chose to work in a sector which fulfilled her, her aesthetic interests, her creativity and love of travelling. A sophisticated woman, educated and with a great personality, Giuliana Michelotti collaborated for years as creative consultant with famous fashion and jewellery brands amongst which: Anne Klein, Swarovsky, Gianfranco Ferré, Genny, Valentino, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Lacroix.
But it was in 1995 when she launched GMCOLLECTIONS, her jewellery-sculptures line. On her various business trips as consultant in Asia and Africa she was able to learn an ancient technique of silver workmanship. She then personally re-elaborated and interpreted this technique giving way to a unique and exclusive practice for the workmanship of pure silver, mixed with resin which enabled her to create her chunky, archaic and apparently heavy jewels but extremely light and easy to wear.
It is not jewellery, but art; unique, hand-sculpted pieces. Sometimes, these pieces are completed with wonderful precious and semi-precious stones, often set uncut. In these 25 years of work, her sculptures-to-wear have been exhibited in important museums from New York to Boston, from Palm Beach to Paris and Brussels. Nemo prophet in his homeland. These last five decades the artist has been living in New York even if she often returns for short periods to breathe Tuscan air. Currently representing her art in Italy are Carla Sozzani in her Milanese “10 Corso Como” and Chiara Voliani who is her exclusive rep in Italy and Europe and who has accepted to exalt Giuliana Michelotti’s work in this photographic shoot. “It’s an emotion,” she told us, “ because they let out energy while telling of the artist’s personality. Each piece is unique, entirely hand modelled in every part, so much that often the artist’s fingerprints can be seen”.