I think this has to be one of my favourite pieces from all the exhibitions I saw. It was made my Adam Grinovich and I was told that it was made by some kind of 3D printing with steel. I absolutely love the texture and the sci-fi feel to it, like an engagement ring of the future
This was part of a great show called Hang which was a group of jewellery artists; Heejoo Kim, Hyorim Lee, Nora Rochel, Julia Walter and Adam Grinovich.
This is from a great show called This is So Contemporary, it was an exhibition of three artists from the Acadamy of Fine Arts Munich; Shachar Cohen, Naama Bergman and JooHee Han
An amazing salt crystal necklace by Naama Bergman. The salt is really sparkly making it look like semi precious stones adorning a chain, I love the rust seeping through, giving the piece an industrial feel.
One of the main shows, Talente at the Messestadt
This cool necklace won the Talente Prize this year, its called Ich Bin Keine Vase and its by Jing Yang. The Vase can be taken apart to form many different forms
Ich Bin Keine Vase by Jing Yang
Love the unusual form of this necklace by Tala Yuan
I like the ghostly delicateness of these pieces by Amy Pierce Buzzard and it was really nice to see some British jewellery artists included in this years Talente
Another British artist Kota Okuda made this cool tongue in cheek necklace from the Queens head
I like the mechanical look of this necklace by Katie Collins
My partner Paul trying his luck at winning a piece of jewellery for me at the Bowling For Success exhibition at a tiny little underground bowling alley
Another great and interesting exhibition called Salto Mortale which was three artists: Barbara Schrobenhauser, Nicola Scholz and Judith Pschibl. Barbara makes amazing paper objects which look like porcelain and she uses really interesting pigments to colour them including whole Cochineal beetles. Judith’s pieces are really cool, geometric forms made from clear plastic with tine slivers of colour on some edges which I really loved.
From an exhibition called Falling Into Place by Despo Sophocleous. Her work is amazing to look at but ever better to feel and move, they are articulated wood and copper and they make such amazing sounds when they move.
This is a piece by Nicole Beck from her solo show Beloved Strangers. She uses enamel in such an unusual beautiful way. I spoke to her about her work and she explained to me that she uses old photographs as her inspiration, addressing the idea that we have no idea about these people lives but they had full lives as we do, one day someone will be looking at a photograph of us thinking the same thing. I like how eerie her work is.
The very fun exhibition from the Dialogue Collective. Last year they were looking at Dark Things, taking inspiration from Jack the Ripper. This year they focused on the Light, so they used Comedy as their starting point. It was in a tiny little cinema, in the dark with the artists dressed as ushers who led us around with torches on our head.
The Light Side from the Dialogue Collective
Petra Bishai decided to focus the comedy aspect on her display with this brilliant jelly hand.
These are necklaces by Samira Goetz made from clothes labels, they were part of the exhibition Winner Winner Vertical Dinner (great name) Janina Stubler and Nadine Simone Keffner were also exhibiting.
Necklaces by Nadine Simone Kuffner, brooches by Janina Stubler.
Nadine’s amazing bronze necklace which have amazing texture and colour, I love that you woulld not neccesarliy guess that the material is bronze
Detail of necklace by Nadine Simone Kuffner
This is the amazing work of Volker Atrops in his exhibition Yesterday’s Papers which was at a great antique bookshop.
Volker made a little zine type book to go along with his jewellery that I really loved.
amazing gold and silver rings cast from toilet paper by Volker Atrops
This was a really great looking exhibition called Paper Plastic Metal Stone which was the work of four artists who each made a series out of one of the materials. The work was really interesting and the display was amazing.
The artists showing were Emi Fukuda, Clementine Edwards, Gillian Campbell Deery and Kate Jayne Britchford
So another amazing year at Schmuck. I didn’t get to see nearly as many shows as I would have liked, but with there being 80 exhibitions as well as the main show at the Messestadt, it’s no easy task! I didn’t take photographs of everything but here are some of my highlights from what I saw. I have put names and descriptions on the photographs so if you like what you see, make sure you check out the jewellery artists!
The Academy of Fine Arts
Although the building looks quite grand from the exterior, the interior is covered in graffiti, very befitting of an art school!
Helping to make display stands for earrings
I am currently doing a work placement with the super lovely and talented jewellery artist Carina Chitsaz-Shoshtary. Carina has an exhibition starting next week as part of Schmuck week in Munich and I am helping out with the setting up of her show. The experience has been really great so far, I have had the opportunity to look around The Academy of Fine Arts whilst Carina was having work photographed, which was amazing. I also went to her house in the Bavarian countryside, where I got the chance to see her work up close and talk about her processes and practice. As a relative newcomer to art jewellery it has been incredible for me to gain an insight into how Carina works. Her time at the academy has given her a free, intuitive way of working which I feel is very inspiring.
Whilst researching all things African in the UK I came across this little place in Dulwich. The museum is full of curiosities collected in the Victorian age. There were some interesting pieces on display in the Africa collection. I was particularly inspired by the amazing textures and by how strange and quite scary most of the objects were.
I’ve had some research ideas for my final major project floating around my head for sometime now but I finally decided to concentrate on Africa, a broad subject I realise! I am particularly interested in Sub-Saharan Africa, the contrasts of rural and city life and the changing culture. It is near impossibly not to be drawn in and inspired by the amazing adornment which has existed in their culture for hundreds of years. For me, it is really important that I find my own voice within this theme, to express an alternative viewpoint. Unfortunately I can’t afford to go do any primary research in Africa! So I’m doing as much as I can from the UK. I’m really excited about this project so far, hopefully it will lead me to something interesting!
Busy filing, scoring and folding metal to create my final pieces. Its very precise work, which is highly frustrating but I’m learning so much along the way. Hopefully I will get everything finished in time!
back of the necklace
So I finally got at least one necklace finished off in time!! I’m not 100% happy with it as I struggled to get it constructed in time as I was using many processes which are new to me. I have put so much energy and hard work into this, it’s always a little disappointing when the end result doesn’t look as good as you would like, however I’m happy I got it finished and it does look like my original designs. I’m now ready to take all that I have learnt onto the next exciting jewellery project!