maandag 18 augustus 2014

Marzee Graduation Show 2014

Sunday the 17th of august I was at the opening op Marzee Graduation show 2014! This year Marzee selected 70 students from 30 different countries and it was a pleasure to me to talk to some of them, to read the concepts of their work and to have a closer look at all the jewellery pieces. Very inspiring to see the diverse use of materials.
During the opening speech Marzee announced the award winners, who will be offered a very inspiring workshop in Belgium which they will follow with established jewellery artist! The winners of this year are: Katie Collins, Vera Aldiejohann, Sohpie Baumgärtner, Ayano Takahashi, Li Liang and Eun Ji Choi. Most of them are living far away from the Netherlands, so just two of them were present at the gallery to get a roze from Marzee and the warm applause from the audience.

This year two students of the Alchimia family were selected, Carla Movia and Lilian Mattuschka; congratulations the both of you!!!!
First I talked with Carla about her necklaces, made from wax, fine silver, iron and candle wick. Her poetic, very fragile work is extremely beautiful to look at. They invite you to have a closer look, to see all the details. The deeper meaning behind the pieces is the commemoration of a secret that, only through a ritual, can be revealed. Lighting up a candle in order to discover the unknown, celebrating the wait more than the final result. Then it's only through the act of wearing that the jewel gains its completely freedom.

Carla Movia (Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School, Florence, Italy):
Aperto 2 and Aperto 5 (made from wax, fine silver, iron and candle wick)

Lilian Mattuschka (Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School, Florence, Italy):
Daimon (Neckpiece made from wood, iron and gold)
Also the large wooden pieces from Lilian Mattuschka were attracting the eyes of many people during the opening. Allot of interested people were imagining how you can wear the pieces and what will be the weight of them. I took also the opportunity to wear the shoulder piece! and my experience is that the piece fits very well to the body. Funny to me and Lilian was to realize that people are changing their body position automatically after wearing the piece.
Lilian explained the deeper meaning behind her pieces. Thoughts, dreams and fears come to life in my imagination. I see them in nature and in found objects which transform into jewellery that makes us aware of the weight we carry in our daily life. They each relate to the body both as company and as a limitation.

Lilian Mattuschka (Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School, Florence, Italy):
Daimon (necklace made from wood, iron and silver)
Tammy Young Eun Kim (San Diego State University, San Diego, USA):
Formation (3D printed alumide, brass and steel) 
Giedre Lisauskaite (Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
unfortunately I forgot the title of the pieces (necklaces and brooch, made from tape)
Yasuyo Hida (Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery, Tokyo, Japan):
Stop Motion (brooch made from balloon, polystyrene, sand, wood, iron and nickel silver)

Vera Aldejohann (FH Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany): 
Graffiti Chain (necklace made from steel, graffiti paint and textile)
One of the six award winners!
In my blog I just made a small selection of the 70 students who were on display, but there were much more interesting jewellery pieces to look a!!  I highly recommend to have a look at on Facebook at the page of Current Obsession, they published an album including allot of pictures of Marzee Graduation Show!
After a while people get overwhelmed by seeing so many jewellery pieces, so this is an excellent moment for a break with some home made soup and breath. 

I enjoyed the exhibition allot, so if you're interested in contemporary jewellery from freshly graduated students, have a look at Marzee Gallery in Nijmegen (Netherlands). The exhibition will be there till the 24th of october 2014.

zaterdag 16 augustus 2014

Sieraad Art Fair 2013

Alchimia Crop 13
After our graduation show at school, we presented our work at Joya Art Jewellery Fair in Barcelona and the final exhibition at Sieraad Art Fair in Amsterdam, which was a great success!

First of all thanks to Alchimia who made this fair possible and to Sam Hamilton, the curator of our stand. Her fantastic idea was to present our jewellery in a new funny way on top of flower pots, presenting the graduation work as the new crop of 2013!
Last but not least specially thanks to Doris Maninger for her great job building up the fair together with me and presenting the work of all the students during the fair with such enthusiasm!
Building up our stand took allot of time, but we were so happy with the result! Using the flower pots is funny, original and it is referring to Florence as well!

Enrica Prazzoli, Ioanna Natsikou, Koen Jacobs, Doris Maninger

A quickly picture moment of our great team who presented Alchimia Crop 13. Our stand was located directly at the beginning of the fair, so we attracted allot of interested people. For some of them it was quiet a challenge to have a closer look at the jewellery pieces, because they had to kneel down, but overall the people were very enthusiastic about this original presentation and that was giving us allot of satisfaction!

The fair was a fantastic experience to me! It was very interesting to explain the work of myself and my classmates to new people and to get their feedback. Throughout the year we were working at school on our projects in a kind of safe surrounding of people who know you, so it was great to hear the first impression of the visitors of the fair.
During the 4 days of the fair I met also a lot of interested Dutch students who wanted to know everything about Alchimia and contemporary jewellery and it was a pleasure to me to explain everything.
Overall the fair was a big success and it gave me allot of satisfaction!
Thanks to all the interested people who I met at the fair.

Koen Jacobs

Enrica Prazzoli
Hana Choi

Maria Sais Fluvia

Lavinia Rossetti
Ioanna Natsikou

donderdag 14 augustus 2014

Alchimia Graduation Show 2013


HUMANS WE ARE, graduation work of 11 third year students, headmaster Prof. Ruudt Peters
After a challenging year of hard working, difficulties and problems; my dear 10 classmates and I graduated with our contemporary jewellery!
Thursday 5 o clock was the grand opening of our graduation show HUMANS WE ARE in the Alchimia Gallery in frond of the school and we were proud to explain all the interested people about our work.

Humanwe are
What makes us human?We analyse, we process, we try, we fail, we try again, we develop, we change direction, we fail, we gather our strength again, we start all over.We look at things upside down gaining new perspectives.This is how we grow.Going through this cycle over an over makes us human.This is how we create, how we create jewellery.Using our experiences, thoughts, impressions, our life.

Many people does see a gap between themselves and the sometimes crazy ideas of artist!!!, but we wanted to show that artist are humans as well! In our exhibition we created a feeling of a home using furniture to display our jewellery, but we also gave it a twist to hang all upside down.

Before I will show all the graduation work I would like to say special thanks to Prof. Ruudt Peters, Doris Maninger and Lucia Massei who dedicated themselves to get the best out of everybody. Their great support during the year made our big progress possible!

In addition thanks to Prof. Doris Maninger who introduced everybody's work so nicely on the Alchimia Blog, which I used in my blog as well!
Let's have a look at everybody's work!

Koen Jacobs, dutch and the only boy in class had moved to Alchimia from the very technical and traditional school of Schonhooven. His work is a sign of his transformation as a maker and he has shown great  courage and has challenged his assumptions without holding back throughout the year.

Maria Sais Fluvia from Barcelona is the third student to participate in the exclusive dutch graduation show.
Her powerful work in leather and silver, product of the continuos stretching of the material shows her energy and dedication and the pieces are able to capture eye and  senses.

Chiara Cavallo, born in Rome, has also studied for three years in Alchimia after a BA in industrial design. She has produced a very poetical body of work deploying a wide range of materials and techniques.

Enrica Prazzoli was the fourth Italian in this class and also her graduation project as Lavinia’s is really difficult to present in its actual quality through the photos in our possession.
Several agendas were fighting for attention in her ambitious “Spoon” project: the concept of “ospite”,
the notion of imperfection and the link to social rituals. 
Her work is rich and well executed, but no actual jewellery resulted from it, her spoons plastic spoons with just very subtle interventions, cast in silver.

Hana Choi, from Corea worked on the notion of incommunicability, developing pieces with an extremely strong almost talismanic presence. Through painstaking effort she developed and refined both the objects in all their details and the technique required to make them. These groups, families or even genealogies of UFOs convince and attract in their rich colour palette and refined details.

The work of Anna Drexel is about borders (individual and social) which we all need to set and about their interference in the life of each individual. In this way her pieces are really interactive, she sets these borders and the owner can decide to break them or not. 
The pieces are wearable in their original state or in the broken one, and some pieces as a ring and a bracelet have to be broken in order to become wearable.

Francesca Urciuoli is from Perugia, italy and she has studied at Alchimia for three years. Her excellent work during this year was awarded with the Alchimia Prize.
Francesca’s work is based on her very personal history and her great achievement is to have put it in a wider context resulting in rich and evocative pieces.

The Austrian Lena Grabher worked on the concept of memory and data conservation. Her pieces made of audio tape and silver are abstract and elegant and she has reached a really high level of execution. She has also been chosen for the Marzee Graduation Show in Nijmegen.

Ioanna Natsikou from Athens has created a series of necklaces based on photographs of her own body. The result is seductive and sensual and she has been chosen for the Marzee graduation show in August in Holland.

Lavinia Rossetti – her project I-denti-ty is at the same time humorous and impactful. She did a great job in caring well about all aspects of her work from packaging to presentation and catalogue.
Unfortunately the photos do not show the actual quality of her presentation. Her delicate bracelets (but they can also be worn as brooches) are real bites and the smile of real people has been the source of each of them.

Nur Terun worked with cards (the usal pokercards in commerce everywhere) glueing them together in stacks and then slicing them again in thin layers.
The conceptual coherence of this project, resolved in all its different aspects – the material development, the presentation and the publication is all the more commendable because it led to a result which is not immediately visually appealing, but weaves a subtle charm once observed in its entity.