NINEN - (A0/A1/A2)


In collaboration x Tyson Ernste
Material: Epson matte paper 192gsm
Model: Print
Collection: NGEI

In collaboration with photographer Tyson Ernste, Naula_studio offers a part of her universe through prints. Much more than jewelry, concepts and stories awakens through visual creations which blends ancestral and futuristic feels.

Tyson Ernste and Naula have been collaborating for over 4 years together in Bali, Indonesia. Together they create photography and videography that transform the Human body and reality into a futuristic and surreal tribal world. Lights, photoshoot sets and props become powerful tools to alter reality and create alternative worlds...

Tyson is a Film maker & Photographer from the Netherlands. His work is charming, mysterious, edgy. Over the past 15 years, Tyson developed a strong personality into his dedicated work. He loves the whole process that goes into fabricating a concept to finished craft with a thoughtful eye and mind.
In 2015 he was chosen to exhibit his talent work for the future of fashion Photography in the Netherlands.

NGEI (translates to ‘later in the future’ in Nengone, the language from Maré, Pacific) is a collection of 3 monumental accessories inspired by the Kanak artefacts: the Kanak money, ceremonial spears and magic stones. Those objects were pillars of New Caledonia’s culture and identity. In this collection they take a new form and perpetuate traditions in new ways.

NINEN: (‘respect’ in Nengone) is a modernized version of the Kanak money, as a ‘jewelry artifact’. The traditional Kanak money represents the Man and the clan. It plays an important role during exchanges between different tribes and its value is determined by its lenght, color and composition.
The money of the future reinvents itself around the core values of the Kanak traditions; such as speech, respect and the notion of clan. In the future, money exchanges still play an important role in exchanges, formation of clans and represent our ancestors and values.

‘Ninen’ is composed of multiple braids and buttons that work as implants on the skin. Those braids connect to key points: the temples that symbolize thoughts, the throat for the speech, the back of the skull for the ancestors’ wisdom.
‘Ninen’ is made of long smooth metal chains that take inspiration from the long threads of the original Kanak money. The symbol of the hut is materialized by sleek, flat and round buttons. Other small pendants refers to the flèches faîtières (sacred wooden sculptures placed on the top of chief huts) and ursin shells.
‘Ninen’ could play a determining role in the formation of new clans in the future. It could even help their continuity, as the jewelry would be passed on from generation to generation or even be mixed between clans.

All prints are produced in in Bali Indonesia. Items are made-to-order and, as such, they may take up to two weeks to produce. It just means that your piece is unique. If you’re in a rush don’t worry, just shoot through an email and we’ll see what we can do.


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