THE PLAYGROUND
Ten Top Graduates Test Their Talents

15th Nov - 27th Jan 2019

Sidekick Sukitxus - Brooch in brass, steel wire, coloured felt and laser green spray paint modelled

Sidekick Sukitxus - Brooch in brass, steel wire, coloured felt and laser green spray paint modelled

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NAIA CONDE

Naia is a Kent based contemporary jeweller who graduated at University of the Creative Arts, Rochester in 2018.

Reviving nostalgia is the primary source in her practice. She creates meaningful totemic objects inspired by experience and memory, particularly the memories influenced by media. Japanese pop culture has a strong connection with her childhood taste, that is why most of her work is influenced by 'kawaii' culture.

She has a by-any-means necessary approach to materiality in her work, often exploring new methodologies and techniques to best narrate the story she wishes to tell. She names her 'creatures' Sukitxus because 'Suki' means beloved in Japanese and 'txu' comes from her Basque (Spanish) background. 'Txu' is usually added at the end of a person's name to denote closeness, trust and appreciation. Sukitxus are soft and colourful to connect the wearer with their inner child. Throughout the process of growing up life becomes more grey as the bright colours from our favourite toys and cartoons disappear from our memories.

While making her pieces Naia states that her craving for colour intensifies and a new colour is added each time she starts to needle-felt again. These ‘creatures’ are designed to be loved and cared for. They become your little friends when you wear them and support you through the rough adult days.

Biographical Details

THE PLAYGROUND - Ten Top Graduates Test Their Talents: Ailsa Morrant, Glasgow School of Art; Naia Conde, University of the Creative Arts, Rochester; Rebekah Wilson, Ulster University; Sandra Zinkute, Glasgow School of Art;
Sam Phelps
, Staffordshire University; Xiaoyu Guan, Central Saint Martins; Rebecca Gee, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design; Shona Dobie, Glasgow School of Art; Claire Mclean, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design; Rebecca Ridley, Nottingham Trent University.