Sunday, 19 October 2008

The human body is so delicate, so sensitive. Not just psychologically but physically too. I had the idea to protect myself. I constructed a shirt, my second skin made in baby pink thin latex sheet. Covered with little latex scales, it is a second skin similar to the snakes. With here sleeves very long, giving the image of the old skin, not falling like happened with the serpents, but connected along the arms. I think are not just old skin but have engraved memories to. Protection in this case, is not really simple or innocent, but still remember us the seduction. The seduction and the temptation are connotations approaching us to many legends, histories and enchanted tales about the serpent or dragons.
It the same idea I did one number of photography’s. In the image’s I need to separate every part of my body from the other for this I covert my skin it snake skin. Placing my body apart Kit’s body. The concept are the same, protect myself from the other or others. But have one different meaning to, the image of my snake body around Kit’s body, is like one boa constrictors, killing the victim.
In the end of this experience takes me to the most beautiful tell from the old Testament were God give to the humankind the sensations, the power to fill, to think, to Love and to create .

As far as I'm concerned the live is made of good and bad memories, and every ones are in your brain for ever and ever, same times the brain block the bad memories, what’s help; but this not happen always. For help mine brain I did eight pieces of jewellery, like a therapy. Not just for put out the bad memories, but for remember in the same way the good ones or the neutral memories. Stay in mine’s memory about good travels, new relationship, important occurrence’s, old boy friends, bizarre things… Are one simply mix of past, present and “future” memories. I use incessantly the latex (second skin) to pack old little objects, words or images. To categorise my memories, like part of myself.

Material: slade, coral, latex
The Sixth jewel is the most important in my skin jewellery. Is made of, one very special to my, piece of slate. It’s one important memory from my last anniversary. I commemorate this date in one Moroccan restaurant with my new friends, in Birmingham. Once my and Kit are coming to home, he regarded one garden of slate’s stone. He catches one specific and carved quickly with him nail, “Kit +DD”. And next I covered it the scales. But at shape of one heart and the idea came from one Scapular. The Scapular is one religious object from the adoration of Our Lady of Carmel. And the most peculiar it’s this adoration start on July 16, 1251, Our Lady appeared to the English Carmelite friar, Saint Simon Stock, and gave him the miraculous Brown Scapular. I applied in the conjunctions of the handle and the heart, two pieces of coral, for give to the Scapular two meanings. The first is the same like the scales, the protection of our relationship because the coral are one material used in the jewellery for protection. And also the shapes of the little red horns, which connect this, piece more for one profane and erotic relic.

Enchanted Heart

Material: baby shoe, latex

Workshop with Ted Noten (Derby)

Dead rings

Material: pieces of slade

Saturday, 18 October 2008


Glass,acrylic, gold, photography, silk thread, silk paper, hair ashes

"... Diana Silva, interpreted the piece based on what it represents - a reliquary of the love one - though removing the value of pure romantic love from it. "Lovehate", the title of the piece, tells us about truth and falseness, of opposite feelings, and represents this duality through the use of synthetic stonework, represented in conventional plastic cases, as thoseusually used for the sale of real stones - the entire value of the stone being assumed by its own plastic packaging, emphasizing and enhancing this sense of fake. The hair kept in this reliquary is no longer immaculate and has became ash, it is also burnt to enhance the sense of ending as opposed to that of permanence and eternity."
Cristina Filipe

Diana Cristina Rodrigues Silva

Birth date: 09/02/76

Phone number: o7971515349

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Artistic Education

1996 – 2000
- Jewellery Course in Ar. Co., Centro de Arte & Comunicação Visual, Lisbon, Portugal
2000 – 2002
– Fine Arts Advanced Course in Ar. Co., Centro de Arte & Comunicação Visual, Lisbon, Portugal
Summer 2002
– “Wax Moulding and Micro-Welding”,
Campus dell´Arte di Fausto Maria Franchi, Todi, Italy
- Trimestrial Specialization with Manfred Bischoff; in Alchimia- Scuola di
Gioielleria Sperimentale e Design, Florence, Italy
2004 -2005
– Stone lapidating course, Fachchochschula Trier, Fachbereich Edelstein Schmuckdesign, Idar-Oberstein, Germany
2007 -2008
– MA Jewellery, Silversmithing & Related Products, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham, England


- Fausto Maria Franchi, Thierry SIMÕES, Katharina Menziger, Lidija Kolovrat, Manuel Vilhena, Christoph Zellweger,Theo Smeet, Ted Noten


–Stone lapidating course, Ar.Co., Centro de Arte & Comunicação Visual, Lisbon, Portugal
– Workshop ”Observatory Astronomic of Lisbon Jewellery’s”, Observatório Astronómico de Lisboa, Ar.Co., Centro de Arte & Comunicação Visual, Lisbon, Portugal
–Dialogues between Art and Science, exhibition of jewellery and conversation, Observatório Astronómico de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
– Workshop metal Crochet, in Ar.Co., Centro de Arte & Comunicação Visual, Lisbon, Portugal
- Lecture about the artist Kendall Geers, B.C.U. School of Jewellery, Birmingham, England
- Workshop of crochet techniques, B.C.U. School of Jewellery, Birmingham, England


– Exposição CENA D’ARTE – Mostra de Arte, Lisbon, Portugal
– Exposição CENA D’ARTE – Mostra de Arte, Lisbon, Portugal

– Isto é uma Jóia – 20 anos de joalharia no Ar.Co. ”, Fundação Ricardo Espírito Santo, Lisbon, Portugal
– Pot-pourri luso, Forum Ferlandina, Barcelona, Spain
– Pot-pourri luso, Galeria Reverso,Lisbon, Portugal
– Talente 2000 – Internationalen Handwerksmesse München
Munique, Germany
– Memoria del Futuro, Centro Comercial ABC Serrano, Madrid, Spain
– New Projects , Finalistas e Bolseiros do Ar.Co. 2001, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal;
– Jovens Criadores( creative young’s) 2001, Coimbra, Portugal – Exposition de bijoux d´etudients de 12 écoles internationales à HEEA, Gèneve, Switzerland– Galery Marcolongo , Padova , Italy
– We love you, de Tereza Seabra Galery, Lisbon, Portugal 2004
–“Meeting Point(s)” , 25 Years of Interventions in the Jewellery Department of AR.CO, Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal- 1º preis in creative young’s 2003, Silves, Portugal- T 5 (luzia vogt . manuel vilhena . diana silva . agnes kainz . monica cecchi) , Nuno Cardoso Galery, Lisbon, Portugal
– T 5 (luzia vogt . manuel vilhena . diana silva . agnes kainz . monica cecchi) , Velvet da Vinci Galery, San Francisco, U.S.A.– T 5 (luzia vogt . manuel vilhena . diana silva . agnes kainz . monica cecchi) , MIKALA MORTENSEN, KØbenhavn K, Denmark
- Ars Ornata, EVERYWHERE-NOWERE, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisboa, Portugal
- BIENNALE NAPOLI 05, Castel Sant’Elmo, Napoli, Italy
–Designmais - Promotion of contemporary Portuguese Design
Flow Gallery, London, England

– A cada cultura a sua jóia, Tereza Seabra Galery, Lisboa, Portugal
- Gioielli contemporanei portoghesi a Roma, Galleria Alternatives, Roma, Italy

-Exposição de joalharia moderna portuguesa do Ar.Co, Embaixada de Portugal, Rabat, Morocco
-Impressions on Portuguese Contemporary Jewellery, LandskronSchneidzik Gallery, Nuremberg, Germany

- Jóias Reais, Joalharia Contemporânea Luso-Brasileira, Museu Histórico Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
- A Jóia Indiscreta, Adorna Corações Galery, Oporto, Portugal
Jóias Reais, Joalharia Contemporânea Luso-Brasileira, Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lisbon, Portugal
-48 weeks...Later, MA show, School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom
- 48 weeks...Later, Tereza Seabra Galery, Lisbon, Portugal

Preis and Scholarship

- 1º Preis in Jewellery, CENAD’ARTE’99, Mostra de Arte, Lisbon, Portugal
- Scholarship Ferramentas Eléctricas 99/00 Ar.Co. Centro de Arte e Comunicação, Lisbon, Portugal

-Scholarship Dewalt 00/01, Ar.Co. Centro de Arte e Comunicação, Lisbon, Portugal

- 1º Preis in Jewellery , in Jovens Criadores (Creative Young’s ) 2003, Silves, Portugal