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.

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