A new Elke Kramer collection is pretty much bound to get the heart palpitating, purely based on the fact that this Australian jewellery designer has an aesthetic that is entirely her own.  Elke Kramer isn't concerned with super fine gems and metals for her work but instead explores material and texture so that she elevates surfaces like stone, cork and wood into something amazing.  This time round, Elke Kramer's S/S 13 "Concrete" collection comes with a film that literally just premiered as part of Sydney's Vivid Festival in partnership with Portable.  Elke collaborated with film maker Nicole Rose to create this striking short film on the alchemy of love, inspired by Louis Kahn's bleak but monumental architecture.  The film explores themes of female archetypes in both the adulation and persecution of women with Elke's jewellery used as a ceremonial masking and adornment of the leading femme.  In addition rope artist Garth Knight trusses up both the man that was conjured up as well as the woman, which ties (excuse the pun) in with both the physical elements of the jewellery as well as this imagined ritual by Nicole and Elke.  The mystical qualities of film as well as the way the jewellery has been used as both elevating decoration and a defensive mask of menace is all tying in nicely with all the Qarth bits in Game of Thrones.  An obvious and vaguely gauche reference.  Blame it on the exhilirating TV catch-up that ensues after lengthy travels.  

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The collection itself is a fitting summation of what Elke Kramer's jewellery is all about – Louis Kahn's architecture was about a combination of elements that come together to create something greater than what the materials indicate and likewise, Elke's jewellery fuses materials together in a way that is unexpected but ultimately majestic.  The lookbook begins with a Kahn quote, "Even a brick wants to be something.'  Limestone, cork, concrete, pumice and jade are therefore the "somethings" in this jewellery story.  Elke's distinctive feel for shapes gives symmetry and proper proportion to the collection, what with the use of spheres and cylinders (objects that feel good in the hands) and a preference for chunky and oversized sizing.  Beyond clever elemental combos, Elke's non-precious approach gives her jewellery an earthiness that is friendly and tangible (in pricing and in feeling).    

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Elke's current campaign for her A/W 12 Alchemy collection is also another summary of Elke's aesthetic as she puts together a collection of her "greatest hits" from all her previous ranges and asks her friends (some recognisable figures in the Australian fashion scene like Anna of Romance was Born or Nicole Glaven from Under the Wing) to be a part of the lookbook, wearing the pieces in their own way.  

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Comments (27)

  1. I love armouring up a work ensemble with Elle Kramer pieces!
    Her pieces are as you’ve described, wonderful explorations of texture and I always adore the styling and photography of her campaigns. Her botanical-inspired collection is still my favourite to date although the only one I haven’t bought into yet because it’s too hard to choose a piece!
    Any word on where the rest of us can catch her film?

  2. Oh you’ve embedded the Vimeo- thanks:)

  3. clau says:

    Great pics!!!
    lovely collars!!!
    xxx from germany!
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  4. Coline says:

    Ooh really like this!
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  5. Edita says:

    Love the name – the Alchemy collection. It matches the aesthetic 100 per cent. Amazing campaign and beautiful pieces.
    Edita x
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  6. I love the tassel pendant, although I think I’d wear it on my neck instead of my forehead ;)

  7. Becca says:

    Wow! Love this jewelry.

  8. Serdane says:

    A little bit weird, a toich of originality and a soup√ßon of color that’s what I live with this jewelry.
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  9. Joy D. says:

    It is amazing what some designers can do with texture. Luxury gems seem to be the way of the past for smaller designers. What is your favorite piece?

  10. Chiara says:

    Hi Su, I love your special blog!!! It’s the font of my inspiration! Last Milano Design Week I saw you in front of my home, at Wok store in Viale col Di Lana!
    Love u!
    Chiara
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  11. Marlot says:

    Wow, very inusual jewellery! I like it!!
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  12. Wrem says:

    Wow, beautiful!

  13. Taylyn says:

    The jewelry’s all so great! Alchemy is the perfect name for the collection because each piece looks like a beautiful science experiment. Very pretty.
    Taylyn.
    http://www.onlyforthesweetest.com

  14. How stunning are these pictures and pieces? Wow!
    xxx
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  15. Hollie V R says:

    I bought one of the wooden fan necklaces (circa 2008 maybe?) but I don’t think I’ve actually ever worn it out! Too delicate!

  16. Ang Lam says:

    Absolutely love the accessories!!!
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  17. h-fashion says:

    Amazing look – as always, and amazing photos – as always! Beautiful!

  18. Karen says:

    What an amazing discovery! The first thing that came to mind when I saw this jewelry line was ‘strong’. There’s something so (pardon the language) ‘Dont’-f–k-with-me’ about the whole look of her Alchemy collection. Definitely has that ‘Game of Thrones’ feel. The unusual combination of materials really makes this jewelry designer stand out. Very special!
    Karen

  19. MEAT says:

    Such beautiful pieces… and the images are stunning!

  20. fashionsac says:

    good style! so unique!

  21. J. says:

    At first sight the jewelery reminded me a little bit of Mawi, in their sense of richness, but the specific material that is used is really making a difference here, it gives a new look to the typical ring, bracelet shape, it makes you look beyond it. Really interesting, it didn’t attract me at first, but it has this, good, long term characteristic that makes you look at it, again and again.
    J.

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