Lore Langendries

Belgium,

Lore Langendries is an emerging Belgian artist who completed her PhD in Arts at the University of Leuven – University of Hasselt.  She has exhibited since 2010 in Milan, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands and in the 2014 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery.  Her research questions the nature of reproductions via a fusion of natural materials, mechanical treatment and the handmade, a process she has described as hunacturing.
“In a world dominated by technology and the digital image, I perceive an increased separation from the physicality and emotional impact of the artefact.  As we are more and more virtually connected, tactile perception is overshadowed by visual culture, making touch the hungriest sense of all.  Yet a desire grows to surround our selves with objects imbued with a more human touch.  The use of innovative industrial techniques is no longer ignored within the craft world, since they clearly offer novel possibilities in the design and the manufacturing of objects.  In my work I use these processes but seek a balance between them and the human touch.  I use an unconventional combination of natural animal materials and industrial mechanical treatment, like laser cutting, which enables me to achieve another perspective on reproduction.  In a traditional computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) workflow, the design process and the implementation are clearly separated. However, I’m using the technique in such a way that it not only carries out the work but it actually becomes part of the design process.  By handling the machine myself, in combination with natural materials, I’m counteracting the standard automated process and creating a more open working process: handling an innovative digital technology through a craftsman-like way of thinking.  The natural distinctness of each animal hide is used as an active agent in the design and production process; I’m using the material as subject and as matter.  A close-up, focusing on hidden details, gives an entirely new perspective on the structural formation of the materials.”



Unie #2 brooch, 2015, springbuck hide, saddle leather, magnet

More work by Lore Langendries

Hunacturing brooches by Lore Langendries Hunacturing brooches, 2014, springbuck hide, saddle leather, magnets
Hunacturing brooch by Lore Langendries Hunacturing brooch, 2014, cowhide, saddle leather, magnet
Hunacturing brooch by Lore Langendries Hunacturing brooch, 2014, springbuck hide, saddle leather, magnet
Hunacturing brooch by Lore Langendries Hunacturing brooch, 2014, springbuck hide, saddle leather, magnet
Hunacturing RDC brooches by Lore Langendries Hunacturing RDC brooches, 2015, roedeer hide, saddle leather, magnets
Hunacturing RDC 50 brooch by Lore Langendries Hunacturing RDC 50 brooch, 2015, roedeer hide, saddle leather, magnet
Hunacturing SC 50 brooch by Lore Langendries Hunacturing SC 50 brooch, 2015, springbuck hide, saddle leather, magnet
Hunacturing Vouw #1 pendant by Lore Langendries Hunacturing Vouw #1 pendant, 2015, goat hide, waxed cotton thread
Hunacturing SC brooch by Lore Langendries Hunacturing SC brooch, 2015, springbuck hide, saddle leather, magnet
Hunacturing RDS brooch by Lore Langendries Hunacturing RDS brooch, 2015, roedeer hide, saddle leather, magnet
Hunacturing Vouw #1 pendant by Lore Langendries Hunacturing Vouw #1 pendant, 2015, springbuck hide, waxed cotton thread
Unie #3 brooch by Lore Langendries Unie #3 brooch, 2015, springbuck hide, saddle leather, magnet
Unie #2 brooch by Lore Langendries Unie #2 brooch, 2015, springbuck hide, saddle leather, magnet
Hunacturing CC brooch by Lore Langendries Hunacturing CC brooch, 2015, calfhide, saddle leather, magnet

Exhibitions

Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery

August 12 to September 13, 2014

The inaugural Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery, won by Kiko Gianocca, Sara Gackowska and Patrícia Correia Domingues.