ATTAI CHEN

ATTAI CHEN

Nov
29

ABOUT Born in a family of artists in 1979 in Jerusalem, Attai Chen lives and works in Munich, since 2007. In 2006, he graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and then moved to Germany, where he studied at the Academy Fine Arts in Munich under Prof. Otto Künzli and graduated in 2012. Described by Glenn Adamson (critic, author, independent curator, and former director of MAD New York) as "a prodigy of contemporary jewelry", Attai Chen received an early recognition from his peers, even though he was still a student. He won the Herbert Hofmann Prize in Munich in 2010 and the Oberbayerischer Prize for Applied Arts in 2011. In 2014, he was awarded the Andy Prize for Contemporary Art, which earned him a solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. CAPTURING TIME Attai Chen strives to capture the Nature and the living matter it from the angle of temporality, to grasp their forms and cycles through their signs of growth and decay. Whatever the series, Terra Mutantica or Compounding Fractions, the artist  twists the traditional and ornamental conception of jewelry inside out and back again and confronts us without any complacency to the […]

CARINA SHOSHTARY

Nov
29

ABOUT Of German and Iranian descent, Carina Shoshtary was born in 1979 in a family of musicians in Augsburg, Germany. She trained as a goldsmith in Neugablonz, Germany, from 2001 to 2004 and studied art jewellery under Professor Otto Künzli at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, from 2006 to 2012, graduating in 2012 as a "Meisterschüler". HUNTER-GATHERER 3.0 Carina Shoshtary operates with the pragmatism of a modern hunter-gatherer. In a perfect osmosis with her environment, she patiently gathers all the materials that she comes upon : shells of dried fruits or seashells, dry or driftwood, paper and especially fragments of urban graffiti.For several years now, she has been collecting one of the main raw materials of her works, notably in Munich, on one of the few legal walls attributed by the city to street art. Like a gatherer watching for the fall of the fruit of its tree, not only does she have to wait for the fragments of these contemporary frescoes to fall but also to deal with the necessary limits imposed by the colour palettes used by the graffiti-artists. In a pointillist manner, she then reduces them into myriads of sequins, covering the surface of volumes that […]

RAMON PUIG CUYÀS

Oct
31

ABOUT Born in 1953 in Matarò, Barcelona, Ramon Puig Cuyàs is one of the greatest masters of contemporary art jewellery. Between 1969 and 1974, he studied arts at the Academy of Fine Arts and jewellery design at Escola Massana in Barcelona, where he graduated in 1969. He taught there from 1977 and became head of the department of jewellery design. As a teacher, he has been invited by schools and universities in England, France, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Italy and Portugal. ARTISTIC STATEMENT Creating is my way of satisfying an indefinable need to transform, construct, illuminate, to turn the invisible into the visible and to be able to do so with my own hands. The act of creation is as though a journey to conquer an innermost sense of freedom, and to satisfy a deep desire to feel myself alive. I am impelled to commence each new work by the need to respond to a challenge, that of turning a pre-feeling into a real feeling. Planning and constructing is to live the experience of some moments of fullness and emotion. SEE HIS WORK His works are featured in the permanent collections of many prestigious museums and private collections around the world. […]

KAORI JUZU

Oct
27

ABOUT Kaori Juzu is a contemporary art jeweller from Fukuoka, Japan. In 2008 the artist completed her apprenticeship with goldsmith Per Suntum and started her individual artistic practice. Her jewellery is forced beyond familiar boundaries with a sophisticated mix of techniques, an experimental continuation of enamelwork. The result is a new and seductive expression within a beautiful harmony in the shape of jewellery. Juzu’s work has been featured in both private and public collections that include Designmuseum Denmark, Koldinghus Museum, The Danish Arts Foundation and The Cominelli Foundation. ARTISTIC STATEMENT I aspire to work solely for the sake of inspiration – before the mind begins to devour the joy ofinspiration. Creating jewellery is a completely open process, where shapes, colours and sizes meet and interact. This process unfolds in a constant dialogue between hand, metal and enamel. In thisintensive process layers of colour are built up until such moment : like the moon gleaming on water – soft lifting, serene, subdued, yet strong enough to take on life as well as form. As each shape interacts with the space around it, the shapes should elevate each segment and colour and also hold all the elements aloft. In such a space […]

ARATA FUCHI

Jun
01

ABOUT Arata Fuchi was born in 1975 in Japan, where he graduated from the Department of Industrial Design of Tokyo Zokei University. He began his career working for 4 years for a manufacturer of watches and jewelry. He then continued his studies with an intensive goldsmith training at «Le Arti Orafe», a jewelery school located in Florence, Italy. Since 2006, he creates his own jewelry and divides his time between Japan and Italy. ALCHEMY OF METALS Arata Fuchi draws his inspiration from the Japanese concept of beauty, according to which the "beauty of form is created by nature and not by artifice" and from the idea of "vitality of nature". To express them, the Japanese artist has developed a  process adapted from a traditional technique from South Korea called Kum-Bu (Keum-Boo). From trial to error, he has gradually managed to create an original technique that he called "pulverization". It consists of covering the surface with silver powder to make the surfaces rough and irregular. SEE HIS WORKS Arata Fuchi is an internationally recognized artist: his works are regularly shown in group exhibitions in Europe and the United States and are part of permanent collections of museums such as the Cooper […]

PAUL ADIE

May
30

ABOUT AWARDS FOLLOW HIM Born in 1984 in Glasgow, Scotland, Paul Adie lives and works in Munich. After a BA (Hons) in foreign languages (Spanish and Russian) at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, he decided to focus on contemporary jewelry. He first graduated in «Artistic Jewel» from Escola Massana in Barcelona, under the direction of Ramón Puig Cuyàs then continued his training in Munich and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts.   In 2016, he was one of the finalists of Talente (HMI, Munich) as well as of the Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewelry, given by the Funaki Gallery, in Melbourne, Australia.In 2018, his work was selected for the LOEWE Craft Prize and is currently exhibited at the Design Museum in London. Personal websiteInstagramInterview on Craftscotland.org

CHRISTEL VAN DER LAAN

May
25

ABOUT Christel van der Laan is a jeweller born in the Netherlands, now living in Perth, Western Australia. With a BA from the Murdoch University and renowned awards as «Open Award National Contemporary Jewellery Award», her works can be found in diverse public collections. The artist is a constant presence in international exhibitions, publications and fairs. ARTISTIC STATEMENT The idea of preciousness in jewellery and the pursuit of beauty in the discarded and overlooked are enduring themes in my work. Since 2008, I have been experimenting with ceramic honeycomb. Usually a soldering aid on thousands of jeweller’s benches around the globe, this remarkable substance has become the key focus in my practice.The selection and organization of materials to give form to thoughts and experiences is often the most exhilarating and challenging aspect of the making process. My desire is to create poetic jewellery objects, where each part is transformed by its juxtaposition with another and has a crucial role to play in the final composition. FOLLOW HERWEBSITEFACEBOOK

JULIA MARIA KÜNNAP

May
25

ABOUT Julia Maria Künnap graduated in 2004 from the Estonian Academy of Arts, Jewellery Art Department under Prof Kadri Mälk. Before this she studied at Konstfack, Stockholm and in 2006 was the Artist in Residence at Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewellery in Florence. THE METAMORPHOSIS Julia Maria Künnap applies her mastery of lapidary stonecutting to form gemstones that visually defy and denature the material itself. Through an incredibly precise and time-consuming process, she captures a sense of wonderment in her work, creating gemstones that appear to be in an eternal state of melting, dripping, and splashing. By capturing impossibilities that seem conceived of in a dream state, her pieces hold a strong conceptual link to some of the most famous visual strategies of Surrealism, such as the "melting" clocks represented in Salvador Dalí’s seminal painting, The Persistence of Memory (1931). SEE HER WORKS Julia Maria Künnap has exhibited in various group exhibitions throughout Europe and in the USA. She was recently awarded the Herbert Hofmann prize 2018 in Munich. Her work was recently featured in a duo exhibition with artist Mickael Crowder entitled "Treachery of Material: The Surrealist Impulse in Craft" at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC). ARTISTIC […]

NICOLE SCHUSTER

May
25

ABOUT Born in 1981, Nicole Schuster grew up in a town near Munich, Germany. She was trained as a goldsmith in Kaufbeuren-Neugablonz and graduated in «Jewellery & Objects» at Pforzheim University in 2008. After some time working in Ireland for Designworks Studio, she now creates in her atelier in Munich, Germany since 2012. ARTISTIC STATEMENT Intrigued by the power and beauty of growth and change, I explore the unfolding of life, decay and evolvement of something new as an endless process. So fragile and yet so powerful, inexorable. My work reflects on survival and power in a man-made world, based on two opposites: rational construction and the natural world. Who survives? What will persist? Where is it going to? I aim to analyse various moments of the interaction between two elements, that lie between integration, adaption and suppression. It is a journey from the beginning of a life to the triumph of the other: a give and take. Swayed by these worlds and thoughts my wearable sculptures appear like poetic places, abstract landscapes or organisms from another time. FOLLOW HERWEBSITEPROFILE ON ART AUREAPROFILE ON KLIMT02FACEBOOKINSTAGRAM

SERENA HOLM

May
25

ABOUT Raised in the south of Italy, Serena Holm is a Swedish artist, established in Gothenburg since 2004. After studying art history in Bologna, she moved to Sweden where she studied art and jewelry design at the School of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg. ARTISTIC STATEMENT Sometimes i describe my jewelry as theater plays where the dolls are my actors. My work often begins with reflections about psychology, relationships and human interaction with nature, and my jewels are mostly narrative and figurative, ornamental pieces constructed on several layers of symbolic values with mixed media and different techniques. People often associate them to fairytales and mythological stories which in fact also are some of my inspiration sources, together with art history, children’s books and comics. Other times the inspiration comes with the making, forms take life randomly and associations lead me in specific directions. SEE HER WORKS Serena Holm is represented in the collections of the Röhsska Museum and has received various awards and awards attesting to the quality of her work. Her out-of-the-box talismanic works owe her international recognition and to be regularly invited to participate in exhibitions.