Empatia is a jewellery collection that shifts the dialogue between two different cultures and arts onto a plane of lightness, delicacy, and reflection.
With her porcelain, Rita Miranda has entered into the dialectic of Haruko Ito, the artist and goldsmith who settled in Milan after moving from Japan.
As the name of the collection suggests, Empatia (empathy) replaces the word with material and expresses an understood, sometimes shared, state of mind; it is an inner, harmonious merging of talents which also reveals an aesthetic affinity.
Empatia consists of BAMBOO, SHELL and WA
Inside a glowing stalk of bamboo, Taketori no Okina finds the daughter he never had, a beautiful baby girl scarcely bigger than a thumb, who he would call Nayotake no Kaguya-hime (なよ竹の かぐや姫 "shining princess of the supple bamboo").
As in the legend of Kaguya-hime, the BAMBOO contains within it the symbolism of a tiny, resilient life, adaptive and understated, manifested in the poetic union of the materials of silver and porcelain.
From the silver strands of BAMBOO jewellery hang beads of delicate, opalescent porcelain, which move together in the rhythm of the wearer; sometimes catching the light, other times allowing it to pass through them as though the beads themselves were the source of light, as though Kaguya-hime had returned from the moon to dwell in BAMBOO.
Pendant in silver with black-and-white porcelain charm.
Every piece of jewellery in the Empatia collection is unique and inimitable: any tiny variations in the shapes or colours are intrinsic characteristics of the technique adopted by the artist and can be considered an added value and testament to work done entirely by hand.