CHRISTEL VAN DER LAAN

CHRISTEL VAN DER LAAN

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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

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May
25

JULIA MARIA KÜNNAP 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. She 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). Her work has been 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 STATEMENT I am inspired by […]

NICOLE SCHUSTER

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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

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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.

YU HIRAISHI

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May
25

ABOUT Born in 1948, Yu Hiraishi is a Japanese jeweler and sculptor. She creates jewelry from a sculptor’s point of view. Instead of staying within the usual range of jewelry making, her creative process is supported by the fundamental senses of plastic art, such as material, form and space. It has been conceived in the relationship between nature and structure. POP MINIMALISM Inspired by Minimalism, Yu Hiraishi's jewelry are wearable extensions of the sculptures and installations that made her recognized in Japan. Each object is constructed from three-dimensional elementary shapes to form primary structures whose forms evoke natural elements (leaves, flowers and waves) synthesized up to abstraction.The palette of colors intentionally limited to the primary colors punctuates with pop accents these monochrome structures while intensifying the rhythmic effects of the play of shadow and light. SEE HER WORKS Yu Hiraishi has had solo exhibitions throughout Japan. She participated in SOFA for several years. Her work was recently featured in MAD’s exhibition Elegant Armor: The Art of Jewelry and Beauty in All Things : Japanese Art and Design. She is also part of the MAD’s permanent collection. ARTISTIC STATEMENT       Although metal might appear to lack expressive qualities, it […]

SUNGHO CHO

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May
25

ABOUT RECYCLING & REINVENTING VALUE SEE HIS WORKS Born in 1975 in Cheongsong, Korea, Sungho Cho graduated in Metalwork & Jewellery from Seoul National University. Between 2006 and 2008, he moved to Florence to study at the prestigious Alchimia school with two masters of the contemporary art jewelry field, Manfred Bischoff and DavidBielander before completing his training with Otto Künzli from 2008 to 2013 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Between abstraction and figuration, Sungho Cho's works are characterized by their humor and discreetly subversive dimension. The artist brilliantly combines an elegant and sophisticated metal work and the straightforward use of poor materials such as wood and recycled plastics. This improbable combination highlights the accuracy of his perception of the world around him. Over the past few years, he has been reflecting on the relativity of financial and monetary values, using credit and member cards as a material for his works to materialize the emptiness of contemporary values and the planned disappearance of our free will. In 2013, he received the title of Best Jeweler of the Year in Korea and his works appear regularly in exhibitions in Europe and the USA. His works are present in many […]

KAREN VANMOL

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May
25

ABOUT Born in Leuven Belgium in 1983. She now lives and works in Antwerp. She grew up in Meldert-Hoegaarden, a small village with 300 residents at that time. Later her move to the closest city in Belgium provided her a major source of inspiration. Titles like Fading Landscape, Evolving Habitat or Cultivate reveal the longlasting influence of this  shift in her life. Starting with her Masterproject (graduated in 2010), she then worked Under Construction at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium.  NATURE VS CULTURE Karen Vanmol’s work is characterized by geometrical shapes, generally in bright colors and mostly in wood. Her latest body of work (AKA#ISeeFaces) breaks with her former inspiration sources and is now following a path into the human psychology. The selection of materials and the improving work are central to her approach. The making process helps her to connect to the proprieties of the materials and guides the conceptual research itself. Another important aspect for the maker is the working by hand. By cutting, filing and sanding exclusively with hand tools, she learns from every piece, and the inspiration for the next one follows inevitably. Since 2012, Karen uses laminates, mostly recycled and/or vintage. […]

WENDY MCALLISTER

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Feb
23

ABOUT STATEMENT FOLLOW HER Wendy McAllister received a BFA in Ceramics from George Washington University and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Jewelry with Honors from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her sculptural enameled jewelry has been exhibited internationally at galleries, art fairs, and museums including KLIMT02 Gallery (Barcelona, Spain), Charon Kransen Arts at SOFA Chicago, SOFA NY, and SOFA Santa Fe, SIERAAD Jewellery Art Fair (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Shanghai Jewelry Design Center (Shanghai, China), the National Ornamental Metal Museum (Memphis, TN), and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design (Charlotte, N.C.,USA). The vibrant exuberance of clashing colors and sensuous forms in the natural world excites me even as I struggle to accept it's impermanence. WebsiteDedicated page on KLIMT02InstagramFacebook

TORE SVENSSON

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Feb
23

ABOUT STATEMENT FOLLOW HIM   Tore Svensson, born 1948 in Alfta, Sweden, studied first at the art-school in Gävle and graduated in 1978 at HDK School of Design and Craft, Gothenburg. From 1989 to 1996, he was a lecturer at HDK and afterwards he worked as a professor for two years at the Jewellery department. His work includes jewellery and objects and is presented in private and public collections as well as in museums and all over the world. He is a recipient of several awards, among others from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and the Herbert Hofmann Prize. II have been working the past 20 years within the geometric field with my jewellery. The projects I work with often stretches over a long period of time. A new project often emerges from an ongoing one. The beginning and the end of a project might be difficult to discern. The series consists of small displacements that changes expression and content. WebsiteExhibition during MJW 2018Dedicated page on KLIMT02

GIGI MARIANI

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Feb
22

ABOUT Born in 1957 in Modena, Italy. In 1983 finishes his apprenticeship at a Goldsmith studio. Opens his own studio in 1985. Awarded in several international competitions between 2011 and 2015, his works can be found in international Museums, Foundations and Private collections. Statement Ihave always been fascinated by the infinite potential that metals offer and the opportunity of transforming their original properties and aspect in order to stretch the scope of what can be achieved.My work is based on spontaneity and instinct. I try to transfer everyday emotions into my jewellery in an impulsive way. This method allows me to develop works that are unique and sculptural. I endeavor to use the same sort of approach as I do when painting and often treat the surface of the metal as a canvas. This instinctive approach is counteracted by the precise, geometric forms that I use, whereby everything seems to be brought back into place. FOLLOW HIMWebsiteInstagramFacebookDedicated page on Klimt02