I first read about the infamous Comte de St Germain many years ago, and was waiting for the right time to include him in my work. ‘The Shaman’s Triangle’ series (part of the larger collection ‘The Man Who Knows Everything) was that moment.
The Comte was a man of unknown origins and unknown end. His death was reported countless times, yet always he would reappear, in another place and another time. He was impeccably dressed, understated apart from the vivid jewels that he wore on his hands, in his shoe buckles and carried with him in his travelling case. Voltaire described him as ‘the man who knows everything and never dies’. The lover of princesses and muse to the likes of Pushkin and Voltaire, I was hooked. I wanted to design a collection that honoured him, and that questioned where and what this futurist shaman would be at the end of another century.
The triangle is a shape with a lot of power. It appears continuously in Masonic insignia, as well as in many occult references. It also happens to be the strongest physical shape you can create structurally. It felt the right shape with which to begin the story of The Man Who with. I wanted a sculptural triangle, a triangle that defies its geometry. I played with the lines of the triangle itself, as if the very power of The Man Who had elegantly skewed them. By hand carving the shapes I achieved a triangular form that was also sculptural – its sharp knife-edge lines lending it volume and vitality.
The colour palette of these cufflinks was essential to me – I wanted intensity. I chose colours symbolic of blinding, hallucinatory lights – all-consuming and hyper-real.
These cufflinks are both a reflection of these explorations and a tribute to the man of mystery and mysticism that was my muse throughout.