János Gábor Varga's Profile

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I was born in Budapest, Hungary. After getting a degree in agriculture and writing a book on folk veterinary medicine, I left to England where I worked as a farmhand. It was England where jewellery became more than a hobby for me. I attended a jewellery course in Brighton, and built my first better-equipped workshop. I sold my pieces in several shops around Sussex. I also wrote my second book, this time a nonfictional literary work on health and hygiene that was first published in a major Hungarian weekly, then in book form. After three years I left England for Italy, and now I live in Campo Ligure, a pretty little village near Genova. Without knowing the language, again, I ended up milking goats, making cheese, and working in the forest for two more years. In the meantime I built up my new workshop. Visit my flickr account under the name: Blind Spot Jewellery! :
www.flickr.com/photos/janosgaborvarga/…

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  • Male
  • Born on July 14
  • Joined June 27, 2007

Favorite materials

iron, silver, wood, marble

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BLIND SPOT JEWELLERY from János Gábor Varga

About

I was born in Budapest, Hungary. After getting a degree in agriculture and writing a book on folk veterinary medicine, I left to England where I worked as a farmhand. It was England where jewellery became more than a hobby for me. I attended a jewellery course in Brighton, and built my first better-equipped workshop. I sold my pieces in several shops around Sussex. I also wrote my second book, this time a nonfictional literary work on health and hygiene that was first published in a major Hungarian weekly, then in book form. After three years I left England for Italy, and now I live in Campo Ligure, a pretty little village near Genova. Without knowing the language, again, I ended up milking goats, making cheese, and working in the forest for two more years. In the meantime I built up my new workshop. Visit my flickr account under the name: Blind Spot Jewellery! :
www.flickr.com/photos/janosgaborvarga/

I think IRON is a beautiful material, with a very unique character. The only jewellery that I wear is an iron ring. I wear it all the time, except when I work at the farm. I sleep, I take a shower, I wash the dishes wearing it. And after 5 years it is still shiny! The only thing is, after getting it wet I need to wipe it. At the beginning it left a mark on my finger, but after a while, when we have "oxidized to each other", there was no mark anymore. Iron jewellery needs care - just like
silver does. Not being a precious metal it is more reactive with the environment and with you: If you get ill it will leave a dark mark on your finger again. Probably because of the changed acidity of the skin or your jewel worrying for you :). When you swim in the sea the same happens, unless you rinse it with fresh water and wipe it immediately. I think it is nice to live together with such a strong and sensitive metal.

My AXE RINGS are not meant to hurt anyone. Just as my poison rings are not meant to kill anyone or to make her/him sick. They have symbolic power, like an amulet. Actually they are amulets. The experience of wearing them - the shape, the material, the touch, the smell, the weight - gives you strength to carry out positive and creative things. Or negative. That’s not my responsibility anymore, but it still doesn’t mean to punch someone in the head! The fact that the axe rings are made of solid iron, they really do have an edge, the poison rings can really hide something, it gives you a prickly feeling, and after all, like most jewellery is supposed to do, they look good.
For me they have a rather personal meaning: I worked in the forest with animals, and the axe, hacker, hoe and other tools are the tools and symbols of struggling for life.
I want to give you the same feeling, like the little child feels, when he buckles on his plastic sword, and he thinks that he is powerful. That is a serious thing! It is natural, and we never outgrow it, at best we might deny it. But we are big guys/girls now, we are not allowed to do that anymore… Still, art often gives you similar power just simple with colors, shapes, voices. If you can wear these artifacts, I call them amulets, and that power will stay with you all the day, every day. :)

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