B-MADE hand makes this fine jewelry in Nepal: with a mission is to share, to give back and connect to the world. The foremost focus is on creating a quality and desirable product. However from a personal perspective the social aspect to design is very important to Bernadette as a designer. With B-made she wants to prove that design and sustainability can go together.
Brooch - Brass
Each piece is handmade.
Pieces can be made to order.
Use locally recycled brass as base material.
Made by a family run artisanal workshop.
What makes this special?
Necklace #01 - Brass
Necklace #02 - Brass
“Not Square #7 + #7s” Bracelet - Brass
“Not Square #8 + #8s” Bracelet - Brass
The designer Bernadette Van Der Braak
As a designer I try to create personal statements that are based on my independent and open character and the joy that I find in my work. With B-made I focus on the design of tappestries, graphic patterns and jewelry which find their basis in my fascination for meticulous crafts and patterns.
The designs I create start from drawings of organically originating abstract patterns that I enjoy making with devotion and concentration. I translate these patterns into other materials to design jewelry, carpets and textile patterns using skilled handicrafts. This method results in outspoken designs with my personal style and touch, produced by skillful hands with natural materials.
My style of work has started to develop at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Maastricht, where I graduated with a bachelor degree in textile design in 2009. But it was leaving this school behind and starting my company, B-Made, that really triggered the development of my own signature in my work.
Nepal and me
I first visited Nepal during my internship in 2008 and it has played a central role in the development of my work on several levels. The openness and the beauty of the country have inspired me to follow my heart and develop my own self-opinionated style of design.
The skillful and artisan production techniques and natural materials that I encountered in Nepal continuously inspire me with new ideas to transform my abstract patterns and drawings into products like jewelry and carpets. Most of my products are being produced in Nepal, supporting the lives of skillful craftspeople.
Van Der Braak
The design inspiration
The buildings in the city of Kathmandu in Nepal were a source of inspiration for the creation of the Not Square collection. They tend to be piled on top of each other in a crooked way.
We use locally recycled brass as the base material
We can also use gold on specific request.
Each piece is hand made using a fine fet saw and literally cut out of the brass plates. This can take days of delicate craft work for a larger piece.
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