What’s your jewellery material of choice? Silver? Gold?
How about Maltese cactus?
Ian Giordmaina, the 32-year-old artisan behind Wearable Wood is carving out gorgeous, bespoke pieces made from ethically-sourced wood and Maltese cacti.
“I’ve been obsessed with working with wood for years,” Giordmaina explained to Lovin Malta.
He began nearly a decade ago, making Aboriginal wind instruments called didgeridoos from slabs of wood. With the scraps, Giordmaina made rings for himself and his friends.
“I catalogue all my creations with photos and filed them in online folders; one was called didgeridoos, the other wearable wood,” he explained.
In 2016, he took the plunge and opened an online store with that same name.
“It’s pretty self-explanatory,” he laughed.
Five years later, Giordmaina has sold hundreds of his custom necklaces, rings, earrings and pens at artisan markets around the island. He also sells them on his online store.
It’s a unique craft, using ethically sourced Eucalyptus wood called Red Mallee, resin for that signature bright colour and local cacti to get those distinct designs in every oeuvre.
Each piece takes a varied amount of time. A pen, for example, could take up to an hour of labour each.
But that’s no issue for Giordmaina because wood is his chosen tool of expression.
“Carving a piece of wood takes time and energy. Energy exerts a force that will shape whatever it pushes itself against. Really, when I carve a piece of wood, I am not the one that shapes it,” the artisan wrote on his online shop.
Each day, he takes to his garden workshop in Mosta and sculpts the hours away.
“Wearable Wood Art is built on this concept. A thought that I like to keep in mind, from start to finish. What I do is simply a continuation of those forces, impelling a chunk of wood to change in form. The final shape? It was already there all along. I just took away the extra bits,” the artisan writes on his online shop.
Check out WearableWood here!