A piece of jewelry is part of a story. It is a relic of history. It is not just an ornament, it is also an object with memory. When you know Poleta Rodete´s work you can notice these statements. Look at the stones, they are rings, necklaces, pins or earrings. Do they recall the ancient jewels, those pieces of archeology that show our journey through space and time?
"All existing materials on Earth have memory," says the designer, "the rocks, for example, are witnessing a moment transformed with the passing of time." And yes, her designs evoke a sense of history. At one point in the process, she managed to grant will to materials. Rodete does not seem to handle the granite, clay, marble or rock; its forms, however, emerge to express their own history.
They are not artificial gears. The pieces are the result of a process of discovery and respect for nature. When she begins working with a material, she lets it talk, lets express its essence. She affirms that you need to read the material to understand its physical qualities, "once I get to understand its code, is it easier to sculpt forms".
Besides searching for the origin of the materials, Poleta Rodete is interested in communicate it through her designs. For her, the jewelry is not defined by its relationship with fashion, function or aesthetics, but by values associated with communication and personal reflection. Thus, although aware of the languages of fashion nowadays, her work is not outdated or chasing trends.
Her interest in the origins and experimentation with marble or granite was detonated by a gradual process. Rodete studied textile design and fashion in CENTRO in Mexico City; however, it was with the lapidary Don Juan -her teacher and friend- from whom she learned to recognize the nature of the materials and the virtues they offer when they are known. In jewelry she found the means to achieve what the textile did not allow her: to study body language. "Since its inception, jewelry has been linked to the body; man's intention has always been to create a sense of identity through the body and jewelry."
Away from the conventional notion of jewelry as an accessory, Poleta Rodete´s jewelry is both extensions and reflections of the body. In her most recent collection, The Plastiglomerate Collection (2014), designed for Ángulo Cero, she managed to establish a link from a critical perspective between body structures (bones) and Earth (rocks).
Man´s time upon this Earth has already left its indelible mark on the history of geology. More than 10 years ago, in 2004, a group of geologists discovered on the beaches of Hawaii rocks containing polymers in their composition. Although at first it was considered an isolated case, after years of study and research it was identified as an effect of the current geological era. That is, the result of the enormous impact of man over nature.
Rodete became interested in these rocks polymer, which was termed as plastiglomerato: a stone, according to the Geological Society of America, formed by the merger of plastic waste with fragments of natural materials. For the designer, this is just one example of the "ability of man to transform nature in its entirety. Man has managed to change the bones of nature. "
The Plastiglomerate Collection is a series that emulates the aesthetic characteristics of plastiglomerate, from the mixture of limestone, marble, granite, epoxy resinand plastic waste. According to Poleta Rodete, the result is "a disarticulation of the human body."