15 October 2018
Yo Westbam! necklace Marcos Guzman, photo: Jeremy Dillon
Working with acrylic and consumer plastics, and eschewing industrial processes for a handmade approach, Melbourne-based contemporary jeweller Marcos Guzman uncovers the subtle and precious qualities of his chosen materials. He uses vivid colours and graphic line work to create a sense of nostalgia for classic patterns, while evocative titles imbue each piece with a suggested narrative.
The Yo Westbam! necklace is made of plastic straw beads threaded onto nylon, each piece containing multiple layers of straw that slot within each other to create new colours and to build tension and strength. At first, the simplicity of the work is unassuming, but close inspection reveals the precision and complexity of each necklace.