My sculptural silverwork is

about the transformation of objects in artistically expressive work.I do this

by reinterpreting the

functional elements

within every objectand

searching for the

moment when function

can become the

subject and concept

of the objects.


The works represent

the obstinate

recognition of

certain shapes with

their function

and the destructive

impact that a shift

or change of function

can bring. Function

as subject and source

of inspiration.


The result is a deceptive

and confusing

visualisation of

functionless objects.


Dries Dockx
















silver objects - jewel orders - workshops

Atelier in Antwerp by appointment

+32 (0)486/67.11.18 *


From Walter To Valerie

Groep-exhibition and reseaurchproject of Sint Lucas Antwerp


More info on the website of Sint Lucas Antwerp

8 February - 17 March 2018

Valerie Traan Gallery, Reyndersstraat 12, 2000 Antwerp

Open from Thursday until Saturday, 2 - 6 pm

Opening drink: Thursday 8 February 2018, 4 - 9 pm


24 jewellery designers explore industrially manufactured chains


The Jewellery Design department of St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp cordially invites you to the exhibition ‘From Walter to Valerie’ at Valerie Traan Gallery. Together with students from St Lucas Antwerp, international and Belgian designers will display pieces of jewellery that have been made using the industrially manufactured chains of Walter Fischer.


The exhibition takes place in the context of ‘Speaking Jewellery’, a research project initiated by the ‘Precious Dialogue’ research platform of St Lucas Antwerp. The project examines the concept of jewelleryness from an artistic perspective: what are the qualities and characteristics that make an object into a piece of jewellery? The chain – as an endless series of interconnected links – takes centre stage in this project. Although it is rather insignificant in contemporary jewellery and mainly has a supporting function, it has the power to function as a piece of jewellery. It effortlessly follows every curve of the body and forms a perfect catenary when held up by its tips. What’s more, the chain has a rich archive of social, cultural and historical references and meanings.


Designers, students and researchers worked with chains made by Walter Fischer, one of the world’s largest chain manufacturers. Located in Idar-Oberstein, the company produces annually between 30 and 40 tons of chain that are mainly supplied to wholesalers, makers and labels in the fashion and jewellery sectors. For this project, Walter Fischer donated more than 400 metres of chain, each designer receiving ten metres with which to create a wearable piece of jewellery.


Participants: Conversation Piece (Beatrice Brovia & Nicolas Cheng), Lin Cheung & Veronika Fabian, Benedikt Fischer & Benedikt Fischer, Sofie Boons, Dries Dockx, Silke Fleischer, Anneleen Swillen, Charlotte Van de Velde as well as students and researchers of the Jewellery Design department of St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp.


A cooperation between the Jewellery Design department of St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp, Walter Fischer GmbH & Co. and Valerie Traan Gallery.

Project Showing off t(h)ree

Art project with students of ziekenhuisschool Antwerpen

Dries Dockx


Atelier in Antwerp

By appointment


+32 (0)486/67.11.18

© Dries Dockx 2018