December 10, 2019

​​’Dressmaker’ Collection by Patricia Maria de Botton

“The collection is mainly made of silver and gold, wherein Patricia Maria de Botton exploits shapes and objects that relate to this activity: Sewing thread, ribbons, trimmings, buttons, yarns, fabric warp and weft are interwoven in a creative manner, with objects that represent the artisan Dressmaker such as a thimble, sewing needles and pins, needle holder and spools of thread.

The pieces I designed and handmade, use details of “Haute Couture”, using knitting, crochet, weaving and beading techniques, considering the limitations and rigour of Jewellery, conveying a light movement to the stiffness of metals as if the Dressmaker was still working on them. To complement this notion, I added silk and feathers to move into this profession’s atmosphere. It is like the Artist is a Dressmaker and the Jeweller is the Artist.

As it is a “Première”, I decided to create a scenery to reinforce the story behind the Dressmaker Collection. As such I created a series of show pieces (tiara, hair ornament, necklace, choker, brooch, earrings, bracelet, rings) that will act as in a Dressmaker’s Fashion show. These show pieces will transmit the trend behind the overall collection. The Collection consist of a set of jewels that reflect all this inspiration.“ 

Patricia Maria is essentially an artist; an early fashion model experience followed by a degree in fashion design in IADE Lisbon, were the basic ingredients that were to be used later, to convert her talent into fashion objects.

The brand PATZI CREATIVE DESIGN was born in 2011 to shape her first ideas and thoughts into fashion accessories and high-end bijouterie. After attending a Jewellery course in Lisbon in 2017, she continued experimenting with different shapes and techniques. Some individual pieces were created, and she started building up ideas and studying different avenues before going into full creation and development.

Her academic connection with fashion design, lead her to think of collections of pieces based on specific themes. As such she started to create a series of different items that reflected a common concept that would ultimately work as a collection. She planned to start her real Jeweller designer career with some kind of “Première” in 2019. Her first theme had to depict a story. In this case the story worked around the beauty and detail of the profession of the “Haute Couture” dressmaking, trying to put forward the handwork and dynamism of the people that are behind the development of this fashion activity. She called it “The Dressmaker Collection”.

This collection was present for the 18th Sieraad International Jewerelly Art Fair held at Amsterdam, and whose stand and artist were paid a visit by Portuguese Ambassador to The Netherlands, Rosa Batoréu. 

Photography courtesy of Patricia Maria de Botton’s Collection.

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