Antique versions of modern-day graffiti collected throughout Rome and placed outside â€¨of a local church inspired the Spiritus Graffiti line. â€¨â€¨The Santa Maria in Trastevere church is said to be perhaps the oldest in Rome andâ€”â€¨according to local folkloreâ€”built after oil miraculously erupted from the site.
Cut to modern day and tourists â€¨flood the charming piazza that was once home to junkies and literary ex-pats and visit the â€¨prominent church with its intricate mosaics covering the ceiling and walls. When visitors â€¨enter the regal doors they may notice the obscure plaques of nonsensical Latin phrases â€¨of rebellion or advertisement that had been chiseled byâ€”I imagineâ€”toga-wearing precursors to modern-day â€¨graffiti artists. The ancient Romans lived in walled off homes with few entryways. The residents used to hire â€¨graffiti artists to paint sociological and political messages on these walls for passersby to read.
I always loved theses plaques and knew I wanted to incorporate their shape, lettering and spirit into Jewelry. The line includes hand-hammered nameplates, classic Latin phrases and a few actual recreations of the graffiti found in Rome. They are meant to remind the wearer that some ideas live long lives.« back to inspiration list