Johannesburg

Yol Bijoux Nomades

  Victoria Yards, 16 Viljoen St, Lorentzville      +27 74 136 3633     more than a year ago
created 22 Jun 2018
The name of this studio combines Yol (road in Turkish) and Bijoux Nomades (nomadic jewels in French), and conjures the lifetime of travel taken by French-born jewellery designer Hélène Thomas. Her one-off unique handmade items are a culmination of these experiences. Thomas has lived as an expat for much of her life and began travelling at a young age when her parents moved around the world for work. 

A fan of collecting souvenirs, she first delved into jewellery design as a teenager, making jewellery from glass beads collected during her family's travels. After her second child, she left a career in interior design to become a metalsmith. Alongside her souvenirs, Thomas has also 'collected' ancient artisanal techniques from different cultures which she references in her jewellery. Particularly influenced by the shapes and patterns seen in nature, motifs like shells and cowrie beads feature prominently while Thomas' favourite materials include silver, wood and mother-of-pearl. 

While collected items and souvenirs have influenced her designs, Thomas also sees the items themselves as memories of a place and journey. "I compile these little souvenirs in travelogues which will go on travelling with someone else, around their neck, their fingers or on their boutonniere."

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Email

yol_lu@yahoo.fr

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Open 09:00–17:00, Sat, Sun by appointment only.

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