Francesca U is an Italian jewellery designer. Since starting her jewellery education she has not stopped travelling, hungry for new adventures to draw her out of her comfort zone, and to learn new jewellery techniques and languages.
Francesca's work reflects the concept of decay, used and lost. She likes to make jewellery objects that work as relics, a small-scale armour and at the same time as talismans, or amulets. She likes to investigate the moment when an adornment becomes something more than mere ornamentation. Her goal is to create a sense of “worn”, often translated by some "dis-functionalities" of the pieces such as holes or rough textures. Each piece invites the viewer to get closer, to see the “imperfection”. “Imperfections” are a reminder of transiency, time passing; they draw us with curiosity and allow us to create our own stories lost in time.
Francesca uses mostly silver in her work, as well as, mokume-gane and gold.
WHAT IF is the name of her new studio-gallery in Prenzlauer Berg, where she works at the bench and sells her jewellery pieces. The studio showcases also work made by other talented artists.