Filipe Fonseca: a passion for tiles
Bruno Filipe Fonseca was born in Porto on 8 September 1992.
Filipe Fonseca Jewellery is a brand of contemporary jewellery, establishing the bridge between the simplicity of geometry and the identity of culture, the history of his nation’s tradition. This author follows the need of creating, designing, inventing and reinventing pieces of jewellery.
Filipe Fonseca found the fascination for the art of jewellery in Soares dos Reis School of Arts and, in a quest for a greater plasticity and creative freedom, he graduated in Plastic Arts by ESAD of Caldas da Rainha.
About his education and initial form of expression, the author wants to create his own language through this brand, but above all, he intends to nourish the seduction and captivation he feels for jewellery and tiling.
Even though he has attended a Plastic Arts degree, Filipe Fonseca considers himself a designer who works with plastic artist features. He is acquainted and knows how to apply jewellery techniques that he learned with the jewellery course at Soares dos Reis and other training courses he attended. However, he outlines the design of jewellery pieces and orders their execution in small workshops of Gondomar. He deems necessary to know jewellery techniques to be able to design the pieces, yet he does not think that he has to be the one in charge of their materialization. Each piece is unique and singular, thus establishing a bridge with what we often see in plastic arts.
This author draws by hand, using digital resources. He prefers the error of a more gestural drawing and he loves scratching. As a working process, he elected the elaboration of multiple models of cardboard, plasticine and other materials, he enjoys working with scales and volumes, and designing large pieces. His goal is to mirror the quotidian.
He currently works at home. He has yet to open an independent space to develop his pieces, but he is already present in some spaces throughout the country, like the jewellers Anselmo, at El Corte Inglés in Lisbon, the gallery Autoria and the Shop of Serralves Museum.
The collection that he developed, Porto Sentido, consists of unique pieces made with 19th century tile fragments, surrounded by mirrored silver, which emanate the city’s light and colours. The set includes large pieces, which follow his passion for Oporto’s tilery, even gathering tiles recovered from demolition works. Each fragmented tile he picks marks the shape of the jewellery piece in which it is embedded.
Besides this collection, Filipe Fonseca drew pieces used by the Portuguese singer Cláudia Pascoal for Eurovision 2018 held in Portugal in May.
He plans to launch a new silver-based jewellery collection, probably inspired by the Rabelo boats which sail on the Douro river, formerly used for the transport of Port wine.
His young work already depicts his admiration for the roots, something reflected in his poetic and symbolic pieces, a poem dedicated to someone, always between simplicity and geometry.