Bettina Speckner: Jewellery
"I never work with the intention to decorate things or to make them look prettier", Bettina Speckner points out. "I try to discover the soul of an object or the essence of a photograph and want to shape something new which appeals to me and to other people far beyond the optical appearance.
For my photographic jewellery I use three types of photo techniques. The photo-etching in zinc, I etch photos in zinc plates. This technique comes from an old printing technique, the Heliogravure. I do this myself (unluckily no one does it anymore) and I use mostly photos I took myself. Sometimes I also take found pictures. For me it is important that my pictures are timeless, but the impression that I only use old, nostalgic images is deceiving. The photo-enamelling: Here I work with a very small company in Portugal, who still knows how to do this process. Again I mostly use pictures taken by me, which they enamel for me in the cut I want. The Ferrotype: this is an old photo-technique, which came up in the US after the Daguerroptype in the end of the 19th century. I find the old plates or they were given to me and I work on them to transform them into my jewellery."
Bettina Speckner, 2009