Barbara Paganin
Italian, born 1961

Inspired by the vivid colors and organic shapes of her natural surroundings, Barbara Paganin channels the textures and forms of landscapes and fruit in her imaginative, contemporary jewelry. Paganin lives in Venice, Italy, where she is a graduate of sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts and now teaches jewelry design at the Art Institute of Venice along with maintaining her studio. In her designs, Paganin replicates patterns and forms derived from nature in intricate detail. In a 2011 study of cabbage, Paganin cast romanesco broccoli (a Roman variety of cauliflower) in dental acrylic, which she embellished with oxidized silver, ultimately producing a brooch that evoked the logarithmic, spiraled texture of the vegetable.

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