Sweetness & Bone
By Estefanía Pérez
Prismatic and dreamlike, photographer Alin Gabriel captures the juxtaposition of sweetness and bone that characterises designer Nike Krey’s work. Based in Berlin, these two female artists have joined forces to take us into a weird and wonderful journey, featuring Krey’s ingenious designs, which include jewellery made from bones and skulls. Krey says it all started with little bones she found while walking her dogs in the forest, but it soon turned into a love for leatherwork and the concept of creating “useful art” as she calls it.“They are such inspiring materials.” she tells Sabat, “People sometimes fail to see the beauty in them, because they don’t realise that each bone is unique, just like their owner was.” As Krey herself puts it, the goal in her art is to have the wearer feeling “like a warrior and a dancer”.
Alin’s photography really does bring something of an immortal fighter’s attitude to the model’s eyes, emphasising the harmony between death and beauty that characterises Krey’s work. Alin, however, isn’t a stranger to the double nature of darkness, as she’s told Sabat how recreating on her own dark thoughts actually helped her throughout her depression. “I was without passion and burning for something!” she says, “Photography became a sort of therapy, as it allowed me to turn my bad dreams into inspiration.” But there is something more to Alin’s images than the reflection of her demons, something more powerful and distinctive. “Sometimes, when I’m shooting, it feels like there’s some sort of force or energy that comes from my analogue camera.” she says. Magic? Alin admits she definitely believes there’s a bit of Witchcraft in photography, for it is still an art that requires of both the souls of the sitter and the artist. “It is as if they are letting me see their inner state of mind, and our energies are allowed to come together.”