Cedric ChevalleyContemporary Jewelry Artist
There will be only few pieces of jewellery that have such a close connection with the street as those of the Swiss skater and jewellery designer Cedric Chevalley.
Cedric is self-confessed “boardsports” addict! This passion combined with design drove him to create jewelry that would rise up out of the graves of broken and dead skateboards to be what is now up-cycled skateboard art-jewelry.
Some interesting facts behind the making of these pieces:
Each skateboard deck is made of 7 plies of maple tree, often colored; Cedric Chevalley is personally very inspired by this amazing material. He can then choose among the used skateboards’ decks, the ones that match each other or simply please him for making a nice pattern, then he assemble and follow his designs, giving a new life to things previously destined for trash.
Play(ing) is important to Cedric and as far as he is concerned one should never take matters too seriously.
Above all of his concepts, his main goal in working with Upcycling, is that things can be broken, dirty, no longer available for use, but we can still create something new with it. We can take the best features and bring them to the forefront, for a new life as piece of Art.
As is the nature of life as human beings, we can fail, at a loss broken. But we just have to decide that tomorrow is a whiteboard, a fresh page. We can start anew, bright and shining. We don’t have to replay yesterday tomorrow.
"As artist, I'm constantly thinking about how I can inspire resilience," Chevalley says. "That's why upcycling appeals to me so much – it's an opportunity to take things that are forgotten or thrown away and make them into something entirely beautiful and new. It's...read more
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, NOVEMBER 7, 2019 — Cedric Chevalley will be presenting mobiuses made of intersecting donuts and sculptural brooches embossed with art quotes at the SIERAAD Art Fair in Amsterdam on November 7-10, 2019. He created the pieces in early 2019...read more
LOS ANGELES, CA, OCTOBER 12, 2019 — jewelry designer Cedric Chevalley is showcasing his one-of-a-kind contemporary jewelry at the 25th anniversary of the Enjoia’t Contemporary Jewellery Awards. The presentation will take place on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 7 pm at...read more
work in progress a video of making, behind the art there is sweat, failures, mistakes, doubts, but also a lot of fun, beauty, improvements, and then eventually the satisfaction of the achievment, the self-respect for perseverance. Produced by Bertrand...read more
Once again, Not Only Decoration, the not-for-profit artist collective, is putting together a show, this time for an exhibition at our town of origin, Idar-Oberstein at the Villa Bengel from July 4 to October 6. Wearing Change is the 4th installment from Not Only...read more
Video interview during the fair in...read more
Cedric Chevalley could have lost his way. Because in the 1990s, design schools were much rarer, and therefore more expensive than today. Because a technical path seemed, for parents, safer than an artistic path. Because at 17, you do not necessarily know what to do with your creative energy, you prefer friends, skateboarding and snowboarding. ‘‘I wasn’t serious, I was a bad student… When you do something you don’t enjoy, you really aren’t good at it…’’ After having obtained his Federal Certificate in Precision Mechanics, as best as he could, Cedric was put in contact with a glassblowing school in the Czech Republic thanks to his mother, a gallery owner. He created his first vase, a stylized wine decanter: ‘‘I had a revelation. I realized I could make beautiful things and it was fun. So it became a certainty, I could feel where my path was.’’
“ Live as you play a game !
Never be too serious and never stop to play,
not even if you fail !
The whole point is to play your game!
FuckYeah ! * ”
* Fuck Yeah (slang, vulgar) When something goes your way. Significant, sudden, good fortune. An exclamation used to express agreement, joy, satisfaction, etc.
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