ART & CULTURE | by AIDHA BADR | 09 JULY 2020

MEET BRUNA PEGURIER, RIO DE JANEIRO'S RISING JEWELRY DESIGNER

Bruna Pegurier is a jewelry designer from Crateus in Ceará, a small village in northeast Brazil, currently living in Rio de Janeiro. Starting out as a fashion designer, Pegurier found herself drawn to ceramics as a new means to express herself besides fabrics. ”I never thought I’d make jewelry, but I sure wasn’t going to make jars and plates either,” Pegurier tells LOS GATOS “I was there to play with the clay and follow my innermost self and to create ornaments that could be worn or even hung in a wall, like mini sculptures, I never thought of it as merchandise or that I’d make money from off of this work, it was more of a statement and a challenging medium.” Pegurier adds. Recently the creamy handmade off white ceramic pieces, abstract and simple in nature, have gained a lot of interest from various fashion brands. 

Being in Cidade do Samba, seeing hot and naked bodies walk along the beaches, the favelas which are impoverished areas located within or on the outskirts of Rio’s largest cities, although these areas lack basic care and education, Pegurier tells us that these areas overflow with happiness and creativity. On the other side of Rio is the high society of the upper and middle class, a community that is more traditional, religious and patriarchal. “I don’t feel like I connect with any of that” says Pegurier “I love being in contact with different cultures through music, movies, poetry, and art in general, I have no interest in blindly following anything that doesn’t fit my narrative, so I love when people buy my pieces and show me ways that they repurpose my jewelry in a way that’s more meaningful to them”. 

“High temperature porcelain in white shine lacquer, that’s the fundamental characteristic of my pieces, but as of last year I’ve started combining new elements to my pieces such as shiny crystals, colorful strass and other details that are simultaneously bold and feminine, sometimes provocative,” the designer tells LOS GATOS. Pegurier believes that consumerism is deeply intertwined with memories and buying a pair of earrings should not just be because you like it, but because besides the beauty you see in it, it inevitably carries some history. With the constant pressure to be a consumer and a gofer to rising trends, the art of making a purchase out of pure love and connection seems to have diminished. “My jewelry is very much tied to emotions and goes beyond the notion of just buying and wearing something that’s exclusive or expensive just for that sake alone.” Pegurier adds. 

There is beauty and power in vulnerability, and to Pegurier, those are the people who connect with her pieces the most.

All images courtesy the artist. Bread sculptures by Alessandra Sposetti, Photographed over Facetime by Priscila Jammal.

FOR MORE ON BRUNA PEGURIER FOLLOW HER ON INSTAGRAM

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