MARIE MASSON

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Aug
11

MARIE MASSON Born in 1987, Marie Masson is a French artist, a creator of "corporal objects". Combining the techniques of leatherwork, jewellery and plumasserie, her works revisit the codes of ornementation and are at the edge between art jewellery, decorative arts, sculpture and fashion.The artist assembles, diverts and recontextualizes the intimate and natural attributes of the human and animal bodies: hair, leather, feathers and furs are recomposed in the form of pins and objects of great sensuality. Her works are hybrid devices inviting the wearer to adopt new postures or gestures but also to question the codes of power, gender and hierarchies usually attached to ornaments.A student of Monika Brugger at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art in Limoges (Design option), Marie Masson graduated in 2011. In 2010, she studied at Central St Martin's School in London in the Ceramics, Jewellery and Furniture departments.She has been participating in numerous exhibitions: the Marzee annual Graduate Show at gallery Marzee, in Nijmegen, the Netherlands (2011) ; Dans la ligne de mire, scène du bijou contemporain en France, at the Museum of Applied arts in Paris (2013-14); Triennale Européenne du bijou contemporain, WCC-BF, in Mons, Belgium, in Gustavsbergs, Sweden and in Paris (2017-18); Materio […]

MARIKO KUSUMOTO

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Aug
11

MARIKO KUSUMOTO Born in Kumamoto, Japan, Mariko Kusumoto grew up in a Buddhist temple on Kyushu Island. In 1989, she obtained a BFA in painting and engraving from Musashino Art College in Tokyo, and in 1995, a MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.Today, Mariko Kusumoto lives and works in Massachusetts. Her works are shown in the permanent collections of many museums : the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Koch Collection of the Swiss National Museum, the Racine Art Museum, the Morikami Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.Mariko Kusumoto's works are divided into two groups and, so to speak, into two artistic periods that are diametrically opposed by the nature of the materials and the techniques they explore. During  eighteen years, the artist has been indeed recognized for her extensive exploration of metal, creating intricate and technically demanding works composed as genuine miniature theaters with the codes of surrealist art and diorama. From 2013 onwards, after completing her most ambitious piece "Pachinko Voyage" which took her a whole year of an exhausting work, she decided to change her medium and turned to textile. To create her new pieces, she uses the […]

NICOLA HEIDEMANN

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Aug
11

NICOLA HEIDEMANN Born in Munich in 1965, Nicola Heidemann is a self-taught artist. Drawing, painting, photography and drawing are some of her favorite mediums alongside her practice of art jewellery. She opened her first studio shortly after graduation in 1985. She has worked as a camera assistant for many years for the production of documentary films and has traveled extensively around the world. An experience that has had a lasting influence on her artistic approach. ARTISTIC STATEMENT I dream of jewellery and about jewellery. I am always eager to know what is developing – what is “cooking” – in the constant dialogue I have with Nature. I do not really feel myself to be a creator in my own right. More a collector.I collect allusions, impressions, associations. A piece of wood can excite me, a shadow on a stone, or light glittering on water. It is the incomplete things that fascinate me. The as yet unfathomed mysteries. They give me and the beholders of my objects space for the imagination to start working. Ideally, those who look upon my objects will remember – as I do – a glorious day spent by a lake, a walk in the woods, or […]

SAM THO DUONG

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Aug
11

SAM THO DUONG Born in Bien Hoa in 1969 in Vietnam, Sam Tho Duong fled his country with all his family while he was only teenager. They found refuge in Germany and finally settled in Pforzheim, a town known as  the epicenter of German jewellery industry, also called "the city of gold".In 1992, he graduated from the Goldschmiedesschule in Pforzheim and followed a traditional apprenticeship at Wellendorff Gold-Creationen GmbH & Co. KG. He worked there until 1998, when he decided to continue his university studies. He graduated as a designer in 2002 from the Pforzheim Design University.His outstanding works owed him immediate recognition. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Herbert Hoffman Award and was one of the finalists of the Loewe Craft Prize in 2018. In 2013, the Victoria and Albert Museum acquired one of the necklaces of his Frozen series.The works of Sam Tho Duong are exhibited in numerous group and solo shows and part of many private and international public collections: the Qatar museums in Doha, the New York Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), the CODA-Museum in Apeldoorn (Netherlands), the German Goldsmiths House in Hanau (Germany), the Mint-Museum of Craft + Design (USA), the Schmuckmuseum in […]

GEORG DOBLER

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Aug
11

GEORG DOBLER Born in 1952 in Creussen near Bayreuth, Germany, Georg Dobler is one of the most prominent figures of international contemporary art jewellery. A professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Hildesheim since 2002, he lives and works between Berlin and Halle.Georg Dobler was raised in Pforzheim, known as the epicenter of the German jewellery industry. There he followed a classical goldsmith training at the Berufsfachschule für Goldschmiedekunst. In 1973 he decided to leave for Berlin with the intention to apply at the Berlin fine arts university until he found out that the metal department had just closed. He nevertheless remained in Berlin where he worked for some time as the foreman of a major classical jewelry manufacturer. His work raised attention, earning him several awards and recognition of the industrial environment in which he was then evolving. But this recognition was not sufficient to quench his creativity and in 1979 he decided to leave this routine to engage into the more adventurous path of freelance creation. Together with his friends Manfred Bischoff, Winfried Krüger and Gabi Dziuba, he founded a collective workshop, the Werkfabrik. Dobler gained international recognition in as soon as the early 1980s […]

MELANIE BILENKER

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Aug
09

MELANIE BILENKER Born in New York in 1978, Melanie Bilenker is an American artist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who translates the historic art of Victorian memorial hair jewelry into work that reflects upon the contemporary era. Instead of implementing the traditional decorative motifs of curls, plaits, and flowers, she depicts ordinary moments of everyday life through self portrait scenes “drawn” in her own hair and set in gold and silver. Bilenker received a BFA in Crafts and Jewelry from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and maintains a studio at the JV Collective, a collaborative jewelry workspace. Bilenker’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions and can be found in numerous public collections : the Donna Schneier Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Racine Art Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery. ARTISTIC STATEMENT Using a drawing technique inspired by historic hairwork, I glue individual strands to paper in an attempt to preserve and show fleeting time so that it can be revisited. I aim for authenticity, to make an image look […]

BETTINA SPECKNER

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Jun
08

BETTINA SPECKNER Born in 1962 in Offenburg, Deutschland, Bettina Speckner began her studies in the painting department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich under Prof. H. Sauerbruch. After a few years she moved to the jewelry department under Professor Herman Jünger receiving her diploma from Professor Otto Künzli. Bettina Speckner has received many awards and accolades for her work including the prestigious Herbert Hoffmann Prize, commendations for the Danner Prize and The Prize of the State of Bavaria. Since her first solo exhibition in 1995, she has shown internationally, both in numerous solo exhibitions and group shows including Brooching it Diplomatically, curated by Helen Drutt English and Micromegas curated by Otto Kunzli. Since her first solo exhibition in 1995, her work has been widely exhibited abroad, both in solo and group exhibitions, including Brooching it Diplomatically, curated by Helen Drutt English, Micromegas curated by Otto Künzli, Maker Wearer Viewer , Contemporary Narrative European Jewelery curated by Jack Cunningham at the Mackintosh Gallery (Glasgow School of Art) in 2005, or Multiple Exposures - Jewelry and photography, curated by Ursula Ilse-Neumann at MAD New York in 2014.Her works are present in the most important public collections, including the Helsinki Design Museum, […]

JUDY McCAIG

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Jun
08

        JUDY McCAIG Judy McCaig is a Scottish jeweller, printmaker and painter who since 1991 lives and works in Barcelona, Spain.   Born in Edinburgh, she studied art and jewellery at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art, Dundee, Scotland from 1975-79. In 1980, she post-graduated one year specialising in jewellery and photography. On the same year, she was awarded The Scottish Education Department Major Travel Scholarship. From 1980-83 she studied Master of Arts (M.A.) at The Royal College of Art in London. She travelled extensively in Europe after finishing college and on her return to London, studied printmaking for three years and set up studio there. Since 2001 until present she has taught at the Massana School of Art in Barcelona and since 2009 at Taller Perill, Barcelona, also acting as visiting lecturer in Schools in USA, Germany, Portugal and Scotland, Spain, Chile, Argentina and Canada.   Her work is part of many public and private collections and has been shown extensively at galleries and museums around the world. She notably participated in some pioneering exhibitions such as Jewellery Moves at the National Museum of Scotland. STATEMENT As my work has, so has my working process changed […]

JAMIE BENNETT

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Jun
07

ABOUT Born in 1948 in Philadelphia, Jamie Bennett is an American artist and educator known for his enamel jewellery. He is Professor Emeritus of the State University of New York at New Paltz Metal/Jewellery Program, which he directed from 1986 to 2014. AWARDS Recognized in 2016 with the James Renwick Alliance’s Outstanding Educator Award, Bennett is a three-time recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, and has been awarded three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships as well as the Aileen Osborn Webb Award for Fellow of the American Crafts Council. Bennett’s retrospective exhibition Edge of the Sublime: The Enamels of Jamie Bennett travelled throughout the US from 2007 to 2010, supported by grants from the Windgate Foundation and the Rotasa Foundation. SEE HIS WORK His work is in the permanent collection of over twenty-five museums internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, and the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. For some time I have been interested in how various cultures portray nature as an explanation of beauty. How nature is mediated by ornamentation and aestheticized continues to hold my interest. Particularly […]

ATTAI CHEN

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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 […]