PEACE AND PROTECTION
OPENING THURSDAY 5TH OF MAY 17.00-21.200
RUNS UNTIL 18TH OF JUNE, 2022
- Jewellery is my medium, form and material are my language. At the moment I am in an ambivalent mood of despair and hope, trying to keep the balance.
Julia Walter works with condensed form for complex matters where intuitive drawings create her motifs. In the exhibition Peace and Protection there are shapes such as blades and birds, symbols of tools and weapons, peace, and freedom. Can a piece of jewellery combine these attributes, a golden dagger in humble wood or a childish toy-sword worn as protection?
Julia Walter is a jeweler based in the Netherlands, with European and Polynesian family roots. She studied jewellery & design of everyday objects in Portugal and Germany and graduated from the University of Applied Arts in Pforzheim, Germany in 2007. Julia has her studio in Amsterdam, where she often collaborates on projects with artists from different backgrounds. The studio is a place where she organizes social happenings with the focus on crossing disciplines between applied art and fine art, showing work of anthropologic and cultural value by makers who are occupied in the fields of visual art, jewellery, fashion, and craft.
“I dedicate the black stabbed onyx heart to tears fallen.”
The last piece for the exhibition, were finished when then world was dragged into the horror of the war so close. Endless sorrow, disappointment of politics and lots of tears. Reading news is like getting the heart stabbed.
In the Estonian based artist Tanel Veenre’s exhibition Paincor there are black hearts, dark hearts, hearts filled with sadness. There are hearts that speak through archetypes rather than physicality; the heart as an image imbued with its endless representation.
“The core of this exhibition is the series of carved black hearts exhibited on wooden organ pipes. When I started with this series, the war was not here so it wasn’t about it, even if it may seem so. My father was diagnosed with fatal cancer. He has always been a great support and inspiration for my art, so this series started to grow around him. I decided to exhibit sad hearts on the organ pipes which I received from him. He is a great musician and also renovating old woodwork, this organ from a small Estonian village church is the one he didn´t finish. I have given a new life to this instrument.
In the exhibition there are also nipple-shaped jewellery that refers to the issues of freedom of body exposure and works where the two series meet with a surreal narrative figurative language as flames and lustful tongues. The exhibition Paincor by Tanel Veenre is a powerful stopover in terms of experience in both pain and sexual identity.
1ST - 23D OF APRIL 2022
DECLARATION OF SENTIMENTS
CURATED BY CO+LAB
5TH – 26TH OF MARCH 2022
OPENING 5TH OF MARCH 12.00-16.00
The exhibition Declaration of Sentiments is curated by Co + Lab from Turkey and includs works from 20 international artists who have used jewellery as a medium.
The curators have brought together women artists within the framework of gender-based women's struggle in the art environment, artists who have not been reluctant to hard work, have continued their art practices in their own way, to have acquired high positions at art academies, to have organized international events, to start their own galleries or exhibition spaces and much more.
This exhibition is named after the Declaration of Sentiments at the Seneca Falls Congress, which was held in 1848 under the leadership of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The Declaration was signed by 100 men and women, and this was the first organized women's rights record in history and advocacy for equal rights for women.
In this window exhibition, we will see works by Aviva Scheiman, Karin Larsson Ryden and Ulrika Ohlèn.
2021 the crafts collective 21 gram, received the Märta Måås-Fjetterström grant to work on a project that celebrates women's craftsmanship throughout history. Behind the grant is Stockholms Hantverksförening who sold a giant carpet at a design auction in London. The money the carpet brought in laid the foundation for the grant.
The title Femmes soles - The weight of justice refers to a term that originates at a time when a woman was only allowed to practice a craft profession as a widow of a craftsman, when she was given the right to take over her husband's business and manage his craft heritage so that the workshop could survive. The inspiration for the project begins 1846 when women started being allowed to run craft business and finally got the right to vote in 1921.
21 Gram is a jewellery studio and a female crafts-collective of gold- and silversmiths situated in the heart of Stockholm. Aviva Scheiman has run the workshop and studio since 2004 and went over to form the collective together with Karin Larsson Ryden in 2018. Today they are 8. With co-labs, projects, and exhibitions, they strive to raise awareness of genuine craftsmanship and empowering women.
FEMMES SOLES - THE WEIGHT OF JUSTICE
5TH – 26TH OF MARCH 2022
OPENING 5TH OF MARCH 12.00-16.00
A MATTER OF TIME
JULIA MARIA KÜNNAP
3D – 26TH OF FEBRUARY 2022
Julia Maria Künnap is a jewellery artist known for her contemporary approach to gem cutting and stone carving. For more than ten years she has used natural stones in her artwork, shaping them into touching pieces of jewellery that speak of time. The conceptual core of Künnap's artistic practice lies in the contradiction between the persistence of a stone and the disappearance of a moment.
On a human level, we are all connected by living the same life, including everyday joys and worries, love and loneliness. Sometimes the joy emerges from good weather, a specific moment of time when the shadows of clouds are sliding above the ground, a slight gust of wind in the branches of a tree behind your window, a moment of lightness. When I succeed to include some of these moments of lightness in my artwork, then perhaps they will also touch other souls.
Julia Maria Künnap lives and works in Tallinn. In 2004 she received her MA degree from the department of jewellery art at the Estonian Academy of Arts. In addition, she has taken courses in Stockholm and Florence. Julia Maria Künnap has exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. Her work can be found in many private collections as well as in the collections of the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the MAD Museum of Arts and Design in New York. She has also been awarded with such prestigious prizes as the Herbert Hoffmann Prize in Munich.
When Claudia Milić makes her jewellery, she does so with the distinct desire that each piece will fully engage the senses of her customers. Creating flowing rivers of chains within chains; cascades of gold and silver that glitter and shine, yet remain constrained within a design so elegant it merely caresses the wearer.
- My customer‘s sensory experience begins with the visually striking sparkle, says Claudia. It continues with the surprisingly weight and versatility of the chain, when touched. This becomes almost sensual when the chain is worn around the neck - subtle, elegant, and wonderfully tactile.
Claudia Milić’s meticulous manufacturing process creates chains from chains; each one comprised of thousands of identical elements. This time-consuming and repetitive process, which Claudia describes as being “near meditative”, is carried out using traditional methods. From simple, traditionally machine-tooled chains, Claudia Milić creates the most exceptional and sophisticated pieces of jewellery, each one individually handcrafted and unique.
Claudia Milić lives and works in Pforzheim in Germany. She has received her Diploma from Pforzheim College of Higher Education for Design (Jewellery Design). 2002 she went to Sweden for exchange studies at Arts and Crafts school in Gothenburg.