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Lives Creative: Jewellery Maker & Painter Monika Martellini

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I’m reblogging this profile on Monika from a couple of years ago and adding a few of of her more recent designs.
Just to recap, Monika is a jewellery maker and oil painter from Santa Fiora. Both her jewellery and photograph-perfect paintings capture a bygone world of rockstar attitude and a club atmosphere.



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Monika will also take commissions, if you would like a portrait made from a photograph. Please contact me using the contact form in the original post and I can pass your requests on to her.

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Find out about other Lives Creative of Monte Amiata – I’m adding to the list all the time. If you’d like to be featured here, please use the form below and I’d be glad to make contact with you and add you to our growing bank of creative people.



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Ali Matteini

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Monika Martellini is an artist and jewellery maker living in the Monte Amiata region of Southern Tuscany.


For her jewellery she hand cuts, winds and hammers, using a combination of materials such as copper, aluminium and brass, wood, glass and wool. The results are individual, articulated pieces, organic textured spirals, and flowing curlicues  reminiscent of Victorian-era jewellery. I ended up with 3 pairs of earrings intended as gifts [and I may just keep them myself!].






As for Monika’s paintings… the photographic detail in her oils blows me away; she’s captured all at once a softness and vulnerability behind the public-figure edginess. I love the combination of the black and white subject against the block colour background. Enjoy!

Billie Holliday Billie Holliday

Jimmy Hendrix Jimmy Hendrix

Louise Brooks Oil Louise Brooks

Monika doesn’t have a website yet, but if you’re interested in her works fill in the form below and I can pass on to her your enquiries…

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