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Iridescence

14 Whitwick Way

Leicester, Leicester LE3 9TG

United Kingdom

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Background Information

Employment History

Consultant

World Bank

Founder and Director

save dalmatia foundation

Education

city planning

MIT

BA

Art History

University of Western Ontario , Canada

master's degree

architecture

Harvard University

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Sylvia Gottwald: Cultured Designs


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Sylvia Gottwald: Cultured Designs Academy Art Museum | 410-822-ARTS | Easton, Maryland Academy Art Museum Logo

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Sylvia Gottwald: Cultured Designs
April 22 through May 20, 2011
Gottwald is a Croatian-born, Harvard-trained architect who spent more than 10 years as the director of design for Washington's Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. Just more than a decade ago, during her extensive travels, Gottwald began to collect rare shells from France, Thailand, Japan, the Phillipines and other locations. As a result, she turned her attention to wearable art, switched careers, and helped transform the traditional craft of mother-of-pearl into a contemporary form.
Juxtaposing mother-of-pearl with materials familiar from her days as an architect, Gottwald incorporates rubber, steel and other metals into the totality of her wearable designs. Surprising to some, Gottwald is sensitive to ecology and the sustainability of marine life. As such, she incorporates only those shells and pearls that can be gathered from sustainable farms such as non-endangered abalone, paua and Turbo Marmoratus shells from the Far East.


Sylvia Gottwald, a ...

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Sylvia Gottwald, a Harvard-trained architect, knows a thing or two about the synergy between design and materials. She spent 10 years as director of design for Washington's Ronald Reagan International Trade Center and worked on similar developments around the globe.

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Gottwald's wearable art is available locally at Zenith Gallery, Keith Lipert Gallery and the Sidney Harman Hall gift shop or by appointment. Phone 202-387-5681.
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Architect Sylvia Gottwald and her daughter Gaella model


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Sylvia Gottwald, a Harvard-trained architect, knows a thing or two about the synergy between design and materials. She spent 10 years as director of design for Washington's Ronald Reagan International Trade Center and worked on similar developments around the globe.

So when she began designing avant-garde jewelry, the shift was partly because "it's an instant gratification," Gottwald says.
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Gottwald's wearable art is available locally at Zenith Gallery, Keith Lipert Gallery and the Sidney Harman Hall gift shop or by appointment. Phone 202-387-5681.
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Architect Sylvia Gottwald and her daughter Gaella model recent creations.


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Master designer Sylvia Gottwald creates beautiful pieces of uncommon jewellery – out of shells, leather, steel and rubber.Dressed in a simple Issey Miyake black ensemble over a kimono-inspired Thai silk top, Sylvia Gottwald is the epitome of simple elegance.Statuesque and with a strong presence, she has the air of sophistication that goes with being a well-travelled intellectual.She completes her outfit with a stunning piece of jewellery made of steel mesh wound scarf-like around her neck and held in place by a huge mother-of-pearl pendant, matched by an equally huge pair of earrings and a ring.The set was part of a dazzling collection of mother of pearl and pearl accessories especially designed by Gottwald, and flown in for a charity sale held recently at the British Ambassador's residence for a select group.Through her mastery of design, Gottwald successfully melds leather, rubber and steel.Her works are a sensation in Paris, where she has lived for the past five years."Everybody wants my jewellery," she says.Her shell collection, gathered during her travels, consists of species that are plentiful.Gottwald is not entirely opposed to exploitation, but says there must be a balance between the need for natural resources to regenerate and for people to make money.

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An American, Gottwald studied city planning at MIT and holds a master's degree in architecture from Harvard University.She also holds a BA in Art History from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and the Universite Catholica di Milano, Rome.She commutes to Washington, DC where she is helping design the Moroccan Embassy.From 1992 to 2000, while in Prague and Paris, Gottwald participated in projects related to cultural heritage conservation, the rejuvenation of historic cities and sustainable tourist development.As a consultant for the World Bank, she has helped promote and fund the preservation of cultural heritage through the revitalisation of abandoned or neglected buildings and the protection of endangered marine life."I think it is very important to preserve the past because once [heritage buildings] are gone you can never rebuild them.But, the problem is to build well and to get the funding for it because, for most governments, this is not a priority," she says.In the field of architecture, Gottwald was director of design and planning for the Ronald Reagan International Trade Centre, the largest federal building in the US.She was also a senior adviser to the Presidential Commission that oversaw the development of the US$900 million (Bt38.79 billion) Federal Triangle Complex in Washington, DC in cooperation with the architectural firm of Pei Cobb Freed Associates headed by noted architect IM Pei.Gottwald's first visit to Thailand was in the late '70s, as a consultant to the World Bank."I fell in love with Thailand – the monuments, the crafts, the people."She also observes the development in Thailand since and laments the lack of city planning in Bangkok."I don't understand its planning concept.It may have been done incrementally.You sort of lose sight, as they say, of ‘the forest for the trees'."Gottwald feels that the market economy is too much of a driving force here."Developers find a piece of land and they don't care whether their ideas tie in with the city or not.Their motivation is profit."
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As the principal urban designer in charge of the plan, Gottwald proposed solutions to arrest further decay of the Silver Springs downtown area.Citizens' groups, the business community and the government all had a role to play."The government and city planners should offer incentives to stimulate developers to build in a way that help develop the city's amenities at the same time.It's not an easy job, because who has the money has the power.It is hard to influence them, but it is possible," she says."Give them a bit of extra space, ask them, for instance, whether the plaza in front of their building is something that the citizens could use, maybe as a park, or a gallery.So you slowly build up a city centre with amenities.
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Cora Sukhyanga The Nation -------------------- On Women Architects Sylvia Gottwald was one of the very few women architects to graduate from Harvard University during the 1970s.
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A man will still discriminate if given a chance. (laughs) And Americans are no better, maybe just slightly better because it is politically incorrect to discriminate on the basis of sex," says Gottwald.
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