Machine-‘assisted’ jewellery 1983-2006
Émile Souply stopped making jewellery between 1975 and 1983.
His cohabitation in the early eighties with the jewellery designer Doris Stein – who had been his pupil between 1977 and 1980 and who also founded the Galerie Le Sous-sol in 1986 – changed his approach to art jewellery. His jewels became more ‘democratic’.
Won over by the notion of creating jewellery with the assistance of ‘machinery’, Émile Souply made his work using a ‘multidisciplinary’ lathe.
New materials also appeared in his work, in particular corian, a synthetic plastic that was prominent in home interiors at the time.
Technical mastery, technological assistance, the combination of artificial and natural materials, sometimes together with gold and silver, and creative exchanges and sharing with the artist Doris Stein were to be the key features of the last work by this extraordinary silversmith.