Throughout the duration of our current exhibition “Holy Tools!“, the blog of LA Joaillerie invites you to discover the artists participating in the exhibition. Through a tool-Portrait, discover their considerations on tools, their views on crafts and handmaking.
Born in Haarlem in 1970, Katja Prins is a Dutch artist. After her training in traditional techniques of jewellery at the Vakschool of Schoonhoven, she studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (1993-1997). Today she lives and works in Amsterdam.
– If you were a tool ?
I actually consider instruments, tools and machines etc. to be extensions from us.
And you can reverse that : I also consider the human body to be an instrument/machine/tool, so I am a tool !
– What is your first or most significant memory related to tools ?
Not so much to tools, but when I was 15, I had to wear a back-brace for one year, because of Scoliosis : I have a small deformation in my spine.
Once, a friend noticed that this was maybe where my fascination started.
– Why did you choose working with your hands and what does it provide you ?
It chose me in a way I guess… I like the inter-action between working with the hands and head, how the subconsious comes in and how it’s so important to experience and recognize the serendipities that happen when you work the materials with your hands…
It provides me a world where I can wonder off in my mind, experience while I work a certain kind of selflessness, a not-being.
To know more about the approach of Katja Prins, do not miss her interview by Susan Cummins on the Art Jewelry Forum’s website : Interview of Katja Prins by Susan Cummins for AJF