The jewelries that are carried on the most personal and delicate parts of the body, where only the closest people from the inner circle can touch, must also be extremely exclusive, totally harmonious, flawless and aesthetically charming in every way. These little objects must exceed their own identities to become statues and works of art that are completely in harmony with the wearer’s body and soul.
They must reflect the soul and individuality of its owner with splendor. They must provide self confidence to their possessor by integrating with her/his character in a precisely harmonious way in every musical note. Furthermore, they must become a symphony to plant sparks in the observers’ hearts just in the exact way the owner aims for.
I design these wearable sculptures in jewellery form, and introduce them to some very special people’s lives.
Traits of Sumerian
Sumerian pursues the philosophy: “Artwork that integrates with the body.” For this reason, every artwork produced at Sumerian is specific to only one person…
This is because the founder of Sumerian, Elçin Sümer believes that the power that transforms an ordinary object into an artwork, the magic touch is the emotion that is embedded into it… And every emotion and sensation in this world, belongs only to its owner…
Maybe just because of this, Elçin’s emotions for the world and life reflect on her works. Her artworks integrate with people thus become organic and alive. The harmony of the artwork and its owner becomes the portrayal of natural perfection.
Consequently, both the wearable sculpture and its wearer finds completeness in their emotional structures and become a whole. And the real value emerges then and there.
By creating this unique experience, Sümer aims to generate awareness in the owner and help her/him to find the emotions that she/he is searching for. This dream becomes real through the wearable statue, and Sümer provides the chance for the wearer to carry her/his inner world on her/himself. In other words, the person who carries the wearable statue finds and embraces the emotions and identity that she/he is continuously searching for or believes missing in her/himself.
As every person is unique and has distinctive characteristics, every piece of jewelry must also be one of a kind and unprecedented. Each wearable statue is designed to be perfectly and completely in harmony with the anatomical structure, intellectual background and personality qualities (both that can be easily seen at first glance and the ones hidden deep inside) of the person who is going to wear it. When the owner and the wearable statue matches with each other in physical, intellectual and spiritual layers, they combine with each other flawlessly, and by completing each other, they both reach to a higher level together.
If a piece of jewelry that I designed particularly for a person is enlarged to become a huge statue and exhibited in an art gallery, when the person who inspired the creation comes close by, the observers will immediately feel the special connection and harmony between them.
The most suitable piece of jewelry for a person is the one that is correct for her/him in every dimension, and complements her/him perfectly. In each design, Sümer aims to enhance the wearable statue with this identity and emotion by creating the perfect balance in the materials, shades, lights, colors, textures, patterns and feelings, in accordance with the owner’s personality.
Elçin’s emotions about the world and life that flows through her is also reflected in her works. The wearable statue combines with its owner and becomes organic, finds a life of its own. When the wearer and the artwork is a perfect match, both of them gets closer to the natural perfection. As they reach completeness in their emotional structures. They become a whole and discover their real, higher value.
Sümer aims to create awareness in the people who are going to carry the wearable statues. She assists them to find and discover the emotions they are searching for. By giving the chance to the wearers to carry these emotions as close as possible (on their bodies) as a wearable statue, Sümer helps them to reach out and embrace the identity and feelings, which they believe missing in themselves.
All the wearable statues that carry the Sumerian signature have some similar characteristics, which increase their value significantly:
Unique Collectors Box
Contents of the Collector's Box
- Your wearable statue that is designed and crafted specifically for you.
- A special maintenance kit for your wearable statue to keep its form in the best shape.
- The Identity Card of your wearable statue. This card is like a captain’s logbook. The important stages during the creation of your statue are recorded with their dates on this card. It is handwritten by the artist herself and also carries her signature.
- Casting molds that are used in the production. There are no similar ones or copies. As soon as you get those, the artist cannot make another replica of your wearable statue. However, the person who owns those can produce more of it.*
- Some notes handwritten by Elçin Sümer about the interaction of the artist and the buyer during the design and crafting stages.**
- The casting mold of the buyer’s hand, which is produced to guarantee the perfect matching of the wearable statue and the owner’s hand.**
*Only with the products with an applicable production process.
**Only with the products directly ordered by the buyer to be newly designed and produced.
The aim of this series, where each artwork becomes alive as they are carved out of a complete piece, is starting from the whole, bringing life and vitality into existence, and making them a part of our own reality.
Although, the wearable statue seems heavy when you first take it into your hand, it fits to your finger, to every joint that contacts with it and even to your most sensitive bone perfectly. It locks with your soft touch. Hence, it becomes a part of you and you don’t feel its weight anymore. It never obstructs your movements.
Even though it has a complex structure, it urges to caress. Every time you fondle it, you keep rediscovering the pleasure of touching this smooth fluidity and pure beauty.
Agile, flirtatious, feminine, vivacious like a flame… An absolutely womanly series that charms, takes inside and grab. Slightly naughty: likes to elude responsibilities occasionally and wants to be pampered all the time.
It generally comes to life out of bronze, but if you wish for it, silver is another preference. It reminds a graceful and teasing oriental dance; aesthetical body movements that transform into a new physical form. It grabs your finger perfectly.
This series resemble the flickering of the Cosmos. It becomes a whole by the unification of three different rings made of bronze, brass and silver, and melting within each other. Their forms are not completely deciphered or understood, just like the star maps that portray the shining stars in the sky. It keeps many secret inside to be solved and awakens your curiosity to start new discoveries. It carries a glitter inside as fluid, inherent and pure as the stars.
These rings carry the miraculous aesthetics of nature to your skin. Silver and gold are complemented with valuable stones that are situated on them with finesse. All the tiny golden leaves are crafted one by one and combined with each other. This is a handwork that takes a very long time to complete and must be done with elegance. It needs absolute effort and precision. Its every single tiny detail must be designed or adjusted to the owner’s body.
When the wearable statue is completed, the leaves that got together look like they are breathing. The charming and unaccustomed curves in its design guarantee it to be placed on your finger perfectly. When you lock it with a soft touch, the leaves embrace each other and the breath of nature becomes one with yours.
Another item in this series is the necklace, which can also be wrapped around your wrist or ankle. Due to its ability to bend, it matches with your bone structure every time.
A ring that is designed to be your family’s statue. When Sümer touches the metal, all the people in your family start to appear on the ring one by one. Are you a family of two, or is it a crowded one with the elders and kids? The forms of all members of your family will take place on this wearable statue, and when you lock the ring with a soft touch, they will embrace each other.
Wherever your family members are, the ring will make you feel they are close by. If you like you can be the only one who owns this unique family statue, but if you want to share the beauty, you can ask Sümer, to craft one for each family member as an unforgettable and indispensable gift.
Each artwork in this series has complex and sophisticated designs worthy of the Sultans. In this multilayered construction, there is a hidden orderly pattern that cannot be easily seen. It may only start to whisper its secrets, when you spend enough time and examine its details carefully.
Wearable statues that belong to Sovereignty Series contain numerous parts that are nested within each other, but they are cast as a whole. Producing these artworks is risky as they require extremely delicate craftsmanship and need plenty of effort. Production of each piece takes months, and during this period if any of the risks occur, everything must start over. However, these rings deserve all these efforts and taking risks, as the result is a flawless beauty and magnificence! Each wearable statue creates a sovereignty in itself. The one who carries it on her/his skin feels that she/he is a part of the sovereignty.
These wearable statues do not like to be a part of any group at all. They have untameable souls that do not want to be defined or classified by clichés. Examine and feel them… One of these rings may be carrying the very special emotion that you are continually searching for but weren’t able to find until now.
The combination of nature and joy…
A state of mind…
The emotions and feelings in jewellery form…
The exclusive artworks that can be a part of my body…
The collection and collector photos are courtesy of Burak Bakırcı…