Each piece is made entirely by hand: from painting to the decorative work, to the application of jewellery and materials. We use anything from iron to jade, crystal, semiprecious stones, studs, gilt detailing and paper painted to resemble brocade.
Each item is bespoke. Research starts with the selection of handcrafted pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on the 1940s and 1950s, which Eliana Trentalancia transforms in a unique and original way.
This is not restoration work. It involves unusual techniques and experiments that gradually evolve to enhance the original forms and breathe new life into the object, with carvings and appliqués, firing and etching, iron mesh carefully moulded over the forms, ink, lacquer, paint, enamel, iron wire, bijoux, tiny studs, crystals, semiprecious stones, skulls, beads and sequins.
Eliana Trentalancia lavishes attention on every detail, starting with the interiors, which are illuminated and embellished with contrasting decorations.
Even the irregularities – like wormholes, which are specially treated – are highlighted to emphasize the identity and history of each piece.