Artist, Nanna Melland was part of the main Schmuck 2013 exhibition with her work, Swarm, the very first piece ever in Schmuck's history to be showcased OUTSIDE the plexi-glass case. This is a huge accomplishment, really, and after chatting briefly with the artist about how it came to be, it sounds like it was an up hill battle. If you've read previous posts of mine you should know that I tend to loathe work that is restricted behind display cases, and so let's hope Nanna's victory set a new precedent for future Schmuck exhibitions, acknowledging that some work deserves a little breathing room and a chance to really connect with its viewers like it's destined to.
As every year our Professor and artistic director Ruudt Peters is giving a workshop in the beautiful countryside of Southers Holland.
This year’s course is called New Roots
assistant Estela Saez
NOW ROOTS is a workshop where we will discover and explore the identity of the maker. We will tune you on your personal roots. Guide you on the way to dig deeper into your own language.
When we operate from the depth of our roots we generate strength and energy that leads to your form language. It is essential for an artist to draw from this inner force. Together we will search for your personal roots. This means that you will get in contact with yourself, and learn to focus on your personal roots, freedom and drive. We will guide you to your basic experience, teach you to formulate your own positions, and support you in translating this into making art and fine art jewellery.
NOW ROOTS is about taking another space at our contemporary experience of making, a statement about how you can relate to your own inner force. Artists and students are stimulated to produce work around this idea. By doing so, it is important that not only rational reflection, but also the subconscious enters into the work process. Ultimately, fine art jewellery remains a frame of reference.
NOW ROOTS is built on step-by-step education in which the end product is not the most important goal. “The goal is the means and the means is the goal” (M. Gandhi).
The emphasis lies on personal guidance and development.
The participants are given the tools with which to continue the process on their own. By means of direct action people learn to make steps.
NOW ROOTS is about living together, cooking together, discuss, develop and make.
Dates: 12–18 August, 2013. 9.00-20.00 hrs total 60 hrs teaching
The course starts: Monday 12th August 2013, 10.00 hrs.
The course ends: Sunday 18th August 2013, after breakfast.
Departure: Sunday 18th August 2013, 10.00 hrs.
Place: Summer studio, Ravenstein.
Accommodations: 2 / 4 person rooms, St. Laurenshoeve, Ravenstein.
Price: Including accommodation, meals and insurance.
Inclusive 21 % VAT Tax: € 2100,–
Registration: Please mail to: email@example.com
Max. Number of participants: 12
Language: English, German, Dutch,
Registration closes: July 12th , 2013
Participation: Registrations are processed in the order in which they arrive.
Deposit: Upon acceptance the participant will make a deposit of € 1100,-before 1st of April 2013
This sum confirms the participation and is not refundable.
Information and registration: Ruudt Peters, Berenstraat 17, 1016 GG Amsterdam, Netherlands firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone Ruudt Peters: +31-(0)20-6 25 74 75 mobile: +31-(0)6- 50 293 293
For more information about Ruudt Peters see: www.ruudtpeters.nl
For more than thirty years, the Gallery of Art in Legnica has specialised in promoting contemporary jewellery and artistic objects with a special focus on silver.
The most important event they organize is the “Legnica Silver Festival” with its core, the international competition.
It is one of the few competitions where participants have to send the actual pieces !!!!!!
On one hand this can be a problem for makers, because of sending expenses and the fact that the pieces will not be available for some time even if you are not chosen for the exhibition and the catalogue.
BUT on the other hand this system has the great advantage that the jury can see, touch and judge the REAL PIECE which is something quite different from a photo.
(Most jury sessions are just with photographs)
So we really recommend participation !!!!!
As every year the choice of the theme is connecting with the cultural situation in the world and this years theme “Revolt” is particularly challenging for us as jewelry makers.
It is better not to turn on the television today. We are being attacked by images of economic crises, stock market crashes, falling ratings, budget deficits, cost cutting programs and increasing unemployment from everywhere. As a reaction to the overwhelming impression of a lack of opportunities there are emerging movements such as “Occupy …”, helplessly protesting against banksters, corporations and governments. Doesn’t speaking in such circumstances about jewellery – the subject invariably associated with the demonstration of wealth and selfish hedonism – seem socially unacceptable and even ethically suspect? After all, the burning of ATMs and the broken glass of jeweller’s shops have become part of the frustration of all the Indignados.
But there is also another aspect of the design and use of jewellery – which – like no other product of the imagination – can be an effective message, manifesting the point of view of the user – a voice of protest, being anti-or pro-, attitudes of rebellion, rebellion and guerrilla warfare. Can a standard set of slogans written out on banners, T-shirts and slap tags be complemented with another more sophisticated message? Are jewellery designers able to demonstrate their own opinion and join the discussion concerning anaesthetic issues? Is the tradition of exclusive gold jewellery going to be our irreversible remorse? And will the chorus “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” always sound as infantile as the recent testimony before the European Court of Justice in The Hague of the famous model Naomi Campbell, who at one time accepted an embarrassing gift from the dictator of Liberia, tried for war crimes, so evocatively reconstructed in the movie “Blood Diamond” with Leo DiCaprio as a ruthless mercenary?
Looking forward to your reply. Join the culture jamming!
- Sławomir Fijałkowski
Here the conditions of participation and don’t forget : There must be some silver in the piece
Conditions and terms of participation
1. The competition is open to all artists from Poland and abroad.
2. There are no restrictions as to the number of works submitted by a participant, provided that:
– the copyright is with the artist,
– the works are submitted under the artist’s name,
– all the works submitted by the artist can be contained within a case measuring 40 x 40 x 35 cm; by the Organizer’s earlier permission, the arrangements can be made to accept objects of dimensions exceeding those specified above.
3. The artist declaring his or her participation in the competition is obliged to:
– submit the objects, accompanied by a properly filled-in invoice and application form, sent or otherwise delivered (at the artist’s own expense) to the Gallery by the deadline of 29th March 2013 (the deadline concerns the actual arrival of the work, not the postmark).
– send the submitted works in an appropriate and secure packaging that will protect the objects from damage and can be re-used for returning them to the artist.
4. The packages will be opened by a commission.
5. The works not qualified for the exhibition will be returned by the end of August 2013 according to the instructions provided by the artist on the application form.
6. Since the aim of the exhibition is to be exposed in other cities, the selected works will remain under the Organizers disposal till July 2014, and then they will be sent back to the participants till the end of July 2014 together with documentation of the work`s presentation.
under the patronage of The Minister of Culture and National Heritage 22nd Legnica International Jewellery Competition in the framework of The Legnica Jewellery Festival Silver
1. The works will be assessed by the international jury.
2. The Jury will meet on 4 – 5 April 2013. The Organizers invited to the jury: Galit Gaon (Israel), Jiro Kamata (Japan/Germany), Hans Stofer (Switzerland/Great Britain) and from Poland: Aneta Lis-Marcinkiewicz and Sławomir Fijałkowski.
3. The artist’s interpretation of the theme of the competition and using silver will be the basic criterion for the Jury to qualify works for the exhibition and award prizes. The submitted works may be accompanied by a commentary (one sentence) which will be included in the catalogue.
4. The Jury’s decisions are final and cannot be challenged in the court of law.
5. The list of the classified persons will be published on the Gallery’s site: www.galeria.legnica.pl and Festival’s site www.silver.legnica. pl till 16th April 2013.
Awards and prizes in the competence of the Jury
I. Grand Prix 10.000 PLN (c.a 2440 euro)* + 1 kg of silver
II. 2nd Award 5.000 PLN (c.a 1220 euro)* + 1 kg of silver
III. Award of the Mayor of the City of Legnica 3.000 PLN (c.a 730 euro)* + 1 kg of silver
IV. Award of the Gallery of Art in Legnica solo exhibition with catalogue worth 1000 euro
V. The Organizers’ Special Award for creative courage, uncompromising attitude, innovation or sense of humour statuette “Silver Spur” + 1 kg of silver
Prizes beyond the competence of the Jury
INHORGENTA MUNICH Award free stand at INHORGENTA MUNICH in 2014 worth 2000 euro
The Joachim Sokólski Award established by the Polish Modern Art Foundation 1 kg of silver
Polish Jewellery Award free stand at Summer Trade Fair JUBINALE in Cracow in 2014
Polish Jewellery Award advertisement in Polish Jewellery in 2014
Award of Six Group statuette “SIX ounces”
Honorable mention of the Goldsmithing Artists` Association statuette and diploma
Honorable mention of the Director of the Gallery of Art in Legnica diploma
In this category the choice of the prize-winner is made by the founders of the award or upon their permission by the Jury.
There will be also a lot of interesting side-events this year in Legnica, the most important one is Schmuck 2013 but there will be others that might make it really worth while to go to Poland.
Details later on!!
Finally the programme for the weekend courses spring/summer is ready.It has taken some time but here we are with some great new ones in addition to the ones we have already been running for a while.
Textile Techniques for Jewellery: Experimentation with Crochet and Interlacing
Teacher: Doris Maninger
Dates: 1/2/3 February, 31/1/2 May/June
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax
for information on the teacher: dorismaninger.me
Introduction to free interlacing (technique developed in Alchimia), creation of 3D forms with interlaced wire, finishing techniques;
Introduction to crochet, basic stitches, working in three dimensions, free experimentation, inventing your own stitches, finishing techniques
Pigments on Metal: Experimentation in Mixed Media
Teacher: Lucia Massei
Dates: 8/9/10 February, 28/29/30 June
cost: 350€ + VAT Tax
for information on the teacher: luciamassei.com
Introduction to colours/pigments and demonstration of various colouring techniques on metal:
hot acrylics, pigments and their application, resins, (mixed media), chemical thinners and adhesives. rolling mill stamping, flame gilding.
Realization of one or more coloured jewels using silver/copper/brass
Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school .
Nunome Zogane: Antique Japanese Inlay Technique
Teacher: Elisa Deval
Dates: 12/13/14 April, 19/20/21July
Cost: 380€+ VAT Tax
Creation of the base texture on metal using Mekiri-Tagane
Execution of a silver (or gold) inlay on the metal sheet based on ones individual design.
Polishing of the metal sheet with sand paper and stone.
Introduction to the use of the Rokusho coloring technique.
The special toolkit provided can be bought after the course.
Molds and Casts: Professional Casts in Silicon Rubbers and Urethanes
Teacher: Doris Maninger
Date: 19/20/21 April
Cost: 380€ + VAT Tax
for information on the teacher: dorismaninger.me
To make effective and long lasting molds for the reproduction of objects in plastic, resin, ceramic, concrete and wax is the goal of this course. Experiments and trials will lead to a profound knowledge about the characteristics and qualities of the different materials and the myriad of possible application for jewellery and sculpture.
In three days we will explore the various aspects of molding and casting, from the preparation of the model, the choice of the right molding material, the options for release to the casting itself and its numerous variations.
Acrylic Glass: Methods for Application in Jewellery
Teacher: Marzia Rossi
Date: 26/ 27/ 28 April
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax
for information on the teacher: marziarossi.it
Introduction to the techniques of working with acrilyc glass: sawing, mat polishing, shiny polishing, bending with heat, application of colour, joining with glue. Realization of one or more jewels combining metal and acrilyc. This course is both for beginners and those who have experience in jewelry making.
Creating Jewellery in Resin: Free Experimentation with Cast Epoxy Resin
Teacher: Yoko Shimizu
Dates: 17/18/19 May, 5/6/7 July
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax
for information on the teacher: yokoshimizu.it
In this course students will learn to work with epoxy resin and will be able to experience the multiple possibilities of this material. The focus of the course will be on the use of resin in combination with metal, the casting (silicon molds), the incorporation of diverse materials (paper, wood, colour, sand..) during the polimerization process,
the possibilities of surface effects and finishings
Painting with Enamels: Limoges Paintings on Jewellery
Teacher: Prof.Jamie Bennett
Date: 24/25/26 May
Cost: 400€ + VAT Tax
for information on the teacher visit: Sienna Gallery
With paint, pencil, and enamel, Jamie Bennett achieves uncommonly poetic effects using floral and patterned imagery, and he creates surface interest with a sensuous touch. In a career that now spans more than thirty years, Bennett has evolved into an internationally acclaimed artist and innovator in the world of contemporary jewelry and enamel.
This workshop will concentrate on painting processes using enamel overglazes. Historically called Limoges enamel students will use both traditional and non-conventional methods. Means of setting and applying enamel with jewelry will be covered.
Japanese traditional copper alloys and coloring
Teacher. Prof Kimiake Kageyama
Date: 22/23/24/25/26 July
Cost: 700€ + VAT Tax
for information on the teacher visit: Galerie SO
Kimiaki Kageyama one of the most important Japanese Master Goldsmiths will introduce Japanese copper alloys and their coloring. In Japan, coloring metals has been experimented since 4th~5th century. Direct coloring began around the end of the Heian period (794-1185) but it is during the Muromachi period (1330-1568) that the development of various kinds of copper alloys suitable for coloring flourished.
The alloys will be produced in traditional way and students can select different alloys to develop their personal concepts. Special technical issues and tools will be introduced during various stages of the working process. Special focus will be set on finishings, as polishing with particular charcoals and coloring.
Anticlastic Metalsmithing with Argentium
Teacher: Ronda Coryell
Date: 22/23/24/25/26 July
Cost: 700€ + VAT Tax
for information on the teacher: rondacoryell.com
Anticlastic raising employs a specialized set of stakes and hammers to move a sheet of metal lightweight, yet strong, flexible structures. Combine the innovative raising technique of Anticlastic with Argentium, a revolutionary sterling alloy and the results are fantastic. The increased malleability of Argentium™ sterling makes it ideal for use in anticlastic forming. And the material’s ability to be fused without solder adds to its appeal. Master Goldsmith, Ronda Coryell, will provide expert demonstrations, followed by hands-on experience to making earrings, a cuff bracelet, and sophisticated metalsmithing forms. Students will work in Copper or have the opportunity to purchase Argentium from instructor.
Marriage Metals and Mixing Metal Techniques
Teacher: Daniela Boieri
Dates:10/11/12 May 5/6/7 July
Cost:350€ + VAT Tax
for information on the teacher: Klimt
Introduction and demostration of mixing metal . Experimentation of different kind of mixing using silver, copper and brass with and without soldering. Creation of one or more jewels using the results obtained.
Tools and materials are supplied by the school.
Teacher: Daniela Boieri
Dates: 8/9/10/11/12 July
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax
Introduction to engraving: tool setting, hand engraving texture on metal, silky technique, grain technique, engraving a chosen name or drawing using copper or brass.
Its been a while since our last post. Too much all at once and time is never enough.
But today some important news.
Alchimia has three selected students at the 2013 Schmuck Expo in Munich:
Giulia Savino at Schmuck, Juror was Bernhard Schobinger
Andrea Coderch-Valor and Weronika Marek at Talente
Congratulations to all of them !!!!!!!
and of course also to Ruudt Peters their teacher, and to Alchimia their school!!!!!!!!!!!
Last year was the first Alchimia encounter with Sieraad (Dutch word for jewellery) fair in Amsterdam, an appointment we believe has already become a must for all those interested in jewellery.
With great pleasure this year the school was invited to participate with an exhibition of the 2012 graduates.
The fair is located in the Westergasfabriek, a beautiful and charming industrial building of the turn of last century that transforms the usual aseptic environment of fairs in a much more staged and theatrical setting, indeed stimulating more creative approaches to booths and facilitating the viewers’ immersion (and attention to) in the visit.
85 jewelers were participating, mostly from Europe but not only, with very recent creations. And we can say we were indeed extremely happy to see such a numerous public.
Besides the graduates work in the school booth, three of Alchimia graduates were showing their professional independent work, and we are very proud of them: Catalina Brenes, Carissa Hsu and Camilla Teglio
Exhibiting at a fair is an important experience for students and young professionals. It is vital to see comparatively the work and approach of colleagues, analyze the work of galleries and so the related paths different institutions are taking, see clients and their different tastes and customs due to lifestyle and climate. It is also a unique opportunity to encounter a big number of other professionals and so possibly engage in discussions as well as try out the ‘going public’ within an ‘experts’ environment.
We found particularly interesting the work of Tzuri Gueta www.tzurigueta.com, designer and artist based in Paris and the colourful fimo and resin creations of Jilian Moore, who was just in time because of the hurricane Sandy.
A reflection on the preservation of worldwide cultural heritage, on the reassessment of symbol bearers, on the creation of new traditions and on the simultaneous revival of old ones in a new form, was the purpose of this year’s” New Traditional Jewellery” contest with the title “New Nomads”.
The Jury was composed of: Isabella van den Bos, verzamelaar sieraadkunst, voorzitter Foundation Art in Business Els van der Plas, directeur, Premsela, Dutch Platform for Design and Fashion, Herman Hermsen; sieraadkunstenaar en Professor f r Schmuck- und Produktdesign Fachhochschule D sseldorf University of Applied Sciences. Marjan Unger, art historian and publicist ; Theo Smeets, University of Applied Sciences Trier – Dept. Gemstone & Jewellery Design – Campus Idar- Oberstein; AZIZ, fashion designer/artistEveline Holsappel, Curator applied art and design, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem.Chequita Nahar; jewellery designer, Coordinator Department Jewellery & Product Design, Academie Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht.
These were the chose winners, within 3 categories:
Heester Popma-van de Kolk (NL)
Title: Wearable home ( two-sided necklace) material: chips from sim cards, credit cards, telephone cards, yarn
The chips are woven together with yarn to form a flexible square mat. One side is decorated, the other is gold. The yarn remains visible as a reference to the contacts that are made using chips. “This necklace is only done justice when it is worn” says the jury. “In several, playful ways things are hidden and things are made visible, and at all times only one side of the necklace is visible.The decorated side refers to the issues of the day: time, communication, money. The golden side calls up associations of illustrious civilizations, like the Egypt of the pharaohs and the Mayas. At the same time the chips contain information not visible to the naked eye. This necklace is a bridge in time”.
Sang-Hee Park (ROK)
Title: To have a dream-To pursue a dream (brooch) Material: goldplated copper, acrylic
Category students: Maryvonne Wellen (NL), Juliane Keßler (D), Patricia Correia Domingues (P)
Title: Traffic sign (brooch) Material: aluminium, steel
Juliane Keßler: ” Some animals roam the world, using the currents of the wind and the sea for transport. We, the new nomads, consume a lot of fossil energy for our fast progress. Overall, economic efficiency dominates. I oppose this by recycling old traffic signs made of aluminum. Traffic signs regulate movements of people. It takes a lot of energy to transform this aluminum into jewellery with guilloches.”
Title: Portrait of a clan member (necklace) Material: Plaster, Z-corp 3D print, paint, onyx
Maryvonne Wellen:” After collecting and archiving pictures of ethnography, I categorized them into a Western, an Oceanic, an African, an Asian and an American group. I decided to bring those different traditions and cultures together in collages using one piece of jewelry of each group to create a mask-like composition. I chose to use a mask form not only because it’s an ancient form known all over the world, but also because it covers the face and makes it possible for the wearer to take on another identity. This piece represents the melting pot of cultures, dominating not only today’s big cities but the internet as well.”
Title: Reflections on landscape 3 (brooch) Material: reconstructed ivory, foam, steel, silver
Patricia Correia Domingues: ” We have always been related to space. The places we traversed were the places where human evolution developed. They are crossings, places of reflection, shaped by human hand. Mankind is walking, moving, displacing and generating movements. Being nomadic means not only moving or being displaced, but also finding a place to rest, like a rhythm. Periods of reflection alternate with times of accelerated development. I believe my jewellery is about this timeless rhythm, where the past belongs to the future and the future relates to the past. the old and new became the expression of my imagination. This is my luggage; these are the tools that enrich my perception. My material.”
Interesting works, for different reasons, and indeed completed by in depth (from more personal to more sociological) research.
We look definitely forward to next year!
We are very happy to announce the up-coming show of esteemed Portuguese jeweller Manuel Vilhena at Gallery SO in London, titled MISS AMELIA & 1001 RINGS, going on from November 2 to December 2 2012.
“Miss Amelia comes from a poem I wrote sometime ago. The poem turned into a story, which served as a ground to produce the brooches. Likewise the brooches fed forward into the story making it change, and so on and vice-versa, until in the end the story and the objects created each other.”
Manuel Vilhena, 2012
Find more information at: http://www.galerieso.com/
Not just for the struggling artist, NYU now offers a certificate in the highly competitive field of art handling. Classes such as "Object Care and Display for Collections Managers" and "Exhibition Design: Practices Workshop" teach fledgling installers how to use a measuring tape and a level.
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with Lucia Massei
Alchimia’s most popular weekend course is on programme from December 7 to 9.
Lucia Massei will be introducing to colours and pigments in general and will demonstrate their application on metal.
The course will begin on Friday 7 December at 5 p.m. and will end Sunday afternoon.
The students will work with a variety of media from natural substances as garlic and lemon to resins, hot acrylics, chemical thinners and adhesives and they will also learn about posibilities of stamping and flame gilding.
For the complete programme and prices please contact the school office: email@example.com or visit the web site: www.alchimia.it