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Agnieszka Knap

Agnieszka Knap obtained her MA degree in Metal Design from Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in 1999. Beside her jewellery practise she works as curator and co-organizer of arts and crafts-related events and exhibitions. She has initiated many projects within the Swedish arts and crafts field both as a freelance curator and through her position at The Swedish Craft Centre. Agnieszka exhibits regularly in Sweden and abroad, her work is represented at the National Museum in Stockholm and in numerous private collections. She works and lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

" The starting point my work is often a question or a story which occupy me at the moment. Through making I try to find answers, take a part or to raise new questions." -Agnieszka Knap

 


Photo: Mats Håkansson

Transition
2008 - 2010

Transition is a series of necklaces, which starts in a personal reflection about emigration. It is about memories, longing and changed perspectives - an attempt to understand identity and belonging. The resulting jewellery not necessarily has to expresses my particular story but the process is important for the development of my work. Transition started with a collaboration project between photographer Gaby Rehm and me. 2008 we travelled to Poland to document the places, which were dear to me. Some of the pictures became a starting point for the new pieces.
- Agnieszka Knap

 

 

Photo: Mats Håkansson

The grass is not greener on the other side of the fence
2010

This saying and like many others says something about life and sounds so definite, a truism, so simple to be banal.
From a global perspective for many people in the world the grass could be and still is a lot greener behind the fence. For us living in between borders of EU the picture is different. We are privileged, and we gain as time goes on more opportunities to develop ourselves, to find a better job, better love, better everything.
I made pieces consisting of layers, some black and some green and greener like life it self. The pieces was originally made for the WGA project, www.grayareasymposium.org/blog/

 

Photo: Magnus Odevik

Herbarium
2004

"When I was a child our biology teacher gave us an assignment during the summer holidays, and that was to make our own herbarium. We were to learn about the plants that surrounded us. The most common plants should be collected, dried and classified. After that it was time to attach them to a nice paper and write their names. My old herbarium is now missing like many other things from my childhood.
I se Herbarium beyond its' own purpose - to keep and classify flora - as a symbol for collecting. It is also an attempt to create an order to understand the world around one."

Se link till utställning/Link Exhibitions - Herbarium

 

Photo: Magnus Odevik

Between Beauty
2000

During the past few years I have been interested in beauty, decay and impermanence. I have made jewellery so brittle that is on the point of breaking. The thin sheet metal and the enamel can break at any time; all it needs is a wrong or hasty move. It reminds me of life itself: frail, beautiful and unpredictable; something to treasure.

 

Photo: Magnus Odevik

Summer memories

Solving the puzzle, how to make jewellery in serial production where each piece is unique. Agnieszka use a number of shapes and a number of colours to achieve an infinite number of possibilities. This makes every necklace in the Summer Memories collection special.


 

 
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