‘To Tibet’

July 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

By,
Märta

I recently held a workshop at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.
Chinese student Amy Duan helped me with translating during my workshop
and she also introduced me to her fantastic work. Amy has been traveling 
around in Tibet and has made jewellery pieces based on her experiences. 
She told me many fascinating stories about her work but there is not enough 
space here to tell you all of them! But if you are interested in hearing more 
about Amy's project her contact address is, dyl19890916@163.com
Here is a short statement by her and some images.

"To Tibet" series is my summary of four-year undergraduate studying. 
According to the local ethnic characteristics, I boldly use the materials 
from daily life such as textiles from their clothes, leather for their fowls, 
Tibetan beads, etc.,combining with the symbol of modern city - LED lights. In 
this way,I'm trying to create my worship of the gaudy, gorgeous, pure Tibet as 
well as the impact of modern civilization to its reflection. This effect is not 
only in the natural environment, and more of a lifestyle change, a national 
cultural integration. So my work,to the greatest extent, highlighting the Tibetan 
elements, as well as mixing the concept of contemporary jewelry.It reflects my 
exploration of contemporary expression through our traditional ethnic jewelry.
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LUCYANDBART

May 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

By,

Märta

‘LUCYANDBART is a collaboration between Lucy McRae and Bart Hess described as an instinctual stalking of fashion, architecture, performance and the body. They work in a primitive and limitless way creating future human shapes.’

I just saw a TEDtalk by Lucy McRae on youtube. In the talk she shows some images and films of some of her other fascinating projects. The talk is only 6 minutes long but very captivating and inspiring! Check it out,

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Uniform by Lisa Strömbeck

March 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Märta

I just discovered the interesting project Uniform by Swedish artist Lisa Strömbeck. This is what she says about the  project,

‘The images in Uniform are immediately seductive. Glossy, luxuriant, and highly tactile. Full of feeling: the feeling of fingers buried in the fur of warm, breathing animals. Glossy, but not glamorous. Because the hands here are not the smooth, manicured hands of advertising. They are working hands – sinuous. They have a strenuousness that is part of the struggle. The struggle that emerges between the conflicting emotions generated by the work. Because do we see the animals in Uniform snuggling or confined? Are the cats stretching languorously or straining to escape? Is the poodle perfectly content or pleading for rescue? Is the terrier panting happily or feeling strangled? Pressed as they all are against the dead fur coat worn by the human. Stripped from flesh and devoid of a heartbeat.

 
In Uniform Strömbeck juxtaposes the contradictions between slaughter (of the fur’s animal) and love (of the pet animal) with piercing accuracy, exploring the needs pets can satisfy and the necessary questions this poses about human relations. The need for love and devotion free of the mesh of psychological complications that entangle our relationships with our two-legged friends and lovers. Complications and power struggles that are absent from the animal/owner relationship – the key word here being owner.
 
The role played by ownership and consumption in dehumanizing hierarchies is never far from Strömbeck’s works. A dog lover herself, she is merciless in her investigation of the emotional complex that constitutes our relationship to our pets – unafraid to examine the comfort, reassurance and space for emotional expression offered precisely by the fact that the hierarchy between the animal and human is given. Here the human is indisputably top dog.’

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There is something about those Estonians…

January 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

By,

Märta

Last week I had the pleasure to visit Oslo to see the exhibition From the Coolest Corner. It is a touring exhibition conceived as a follow-up of the successful Nordic jewellery exhibitions in 1996/7 and 2002/3. Each Nordic country as well as Estonia is thoroughly presented at the exhibition. A total of 159 works by 61 artists were selected for the exhibition. The exhibition will go on a two year long tour so if you are lucky you might be able to see it. From The Coolest Corner will be shown in The Museum of Decorative  Art and Design in Oslo, The Design Museum in Helsinki, The Designmuseum in Copenhagen, The Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design in Tallin, The Röhsska Museum of Design and Applied Arts in Gothenburg and in Galerie Handwerk in Munich, during Schmuck 2015.

I was truly impressed by the work of some Estonian artists in the exhibition and I would like to share some pieces with you from Tanel Veenre, Kadri Mälk, Maarja Niinemägi and Julia Maria Kunnap. There is something very mysterious and poetic about these pieces. I am looking forward to seeing more work from these artists and I hope you will get to see them in real life!

For more information about the exhibition visit, http://www.coolestcorner.no

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Julia Maria Kunnap

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Maarja Niinemägi

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Kadri Mälk

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Tanel Veenre

Artist Profile: Lola Brooks

September 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

By Kelly McCallum 

An artists profile on Lola Brooks has been long overdue on Diamonds and Dead things, not only because of her interesting use of taxidermy in her last exhibition at Sienna Gallery, but also because I know that both Marta and I have appreciated her work for a long time. I  am particularly enamored with her new pieces involving the use of chain (pictured below)

 Although her website is still under construction, it is Definitely worth a bookmarking  to check back later! 

http://lolabrooks.com/

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Artist Profile DM Nowlan

July 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

By Kelly McCallum

As DM just finished a 6 month internship at KM studios and has headed back to Canada to finish her degree and dare I say make her mark on the other side of the pond.. I thought this would be a good time to profile her amazing work, she will definitely be missed here in London.

Her recent collection which she has been working on during her semester abroad in Pforzheim focuses on the iconic Signet Ring. Sticking with the traditional production methods used in 1900’s Germany, she cleverly shifts the material and scales it up — taking the form from Then to Now. I am especially fond of her Signet Ghost Ring pictured below which has been created from a chain sheet. Hopefully I will be wearing this one soon.. (in Black Rhodium of course)!

keep an eye out for this promising new designer!

Emily Cobb

June 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

By Märta

I am absolutely amazed by the fantastic jewellery by Emily Cobb. Here are some examples of her work and her statement. To see more of her work check out, http://www.emily-cobb.com/

Statement

The illustration enchants me; it has a title and caption, but no story.
I feel compelled to envision the narrative…to create the before and after…to solve the mystery.

An enduring fascination with Chris Van Allsburg’s book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick inspires me to produce illustrative jewelry. I generate each piece from personal fables that often contain animals as central parts of the imagery. When the body becomes part of the composition it animates the work, and I want this interaction to spark creative discussion and dialog. The descriptive titles and captions are meant to encourage further interpretation of the objects, and through the juxtaposition, metamorphosis, and abstraction of representational forms, my work is intended to captivate the imagination.

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