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!
I had a brilliant time helping Carina Chitsaz Shoshtary and Annamaria Leiste set up their exhibition ‘Microphilia’, which was part of Munich Jewellery Week. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn from these two talented ladies. The space they had for the exhibition was fairly small but their idea to fill it with white cardboard boxes made such good use of what space they had, creating an interesting backdrop for the work on display. The jewellery was hung and placed in nooks and crevices all over the installation, making it like a treasure hunt of beautiful objects. The placement of the work was much harder then I had anticipated, it’s really important for everything to be harmonious with one another, it was great practice for me to have some input into the display in this exhibition and also to learn from their ideas. They also had the brilliant idea to make display cabinets out of the card board boxes, which they were selling work from (all of which I wanted to buy!) Such a simple but clever idea, it really worked well with the rest of the exhibition, providing some warm light against the cold of the white. I had great fun helping with all the construction, and watching the whole thing come together.
I went to the opening of an exhibition of fourteen different artists at an amazing venue called Villa Stück a couple of nights ago. The exhibition was called GlAmour: Love of Jewellery and it included the work of two jewellery designers who I really love, Peter Chang and Karl Fritsch. Peter Chang makes surreal, fluorescent plastic jewellery which look like some kind of creature from a sci-fi film. Karl Fritsch makes unconventionally beautiful rings using gold, aluminium, diamonds and cubic zirconia amongst other materials , which challenge the idea of precious jewellery.
Attai Chen’s paper necklace
Attai’s work space
Barbara Schrobenhauser’s work
I had the opportunity to visit the studio of Attai Chen and Barbara Schrobenhauser the other day, they also share with two other artists who I did not get to meet unfortunately. They were both really busy getting everything organised to show next week at Schmuck so it was great to have a look around and get an insight into how they work. All of the jewellery artists here use such interesting and creative materials, it has really inspired me to be less restrictive when I’m working.
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.
The work of Carina Chitsaz Shoshtary, who I will be helping to set up an exhibition at Munich Jewellery Week
The work of Carina Chitsaz Shoshtary
Carina Chitsaz-Shoshtary is one of my favourite contemporary jewellery designers and so I am very excited to hopefully be doing a work placement with her in Munich in October! Her work is beautiful and she uses such interesting techniques, I really can’t wait to learn from her.
Schmuck Schmuck Schmuck!
Nadine Simone Kuffner
Helen Brittons ghost train installation at Galerie Spektrum
Masters students from Hasselt University in Belgium exhibiting their work in a very unique way
Steven Gordan Holman
Dialogue Collectives ‘Journey to Hell’ at Galerie Hell
I had a very exciting and full on few days in Munich last weekend, where I went to the international jewellery fair Schmuck and as many of the fringe exhibitions as I could cram in! I had the pleasure of seeing some truly incredible art jewellery, meeting some lovely people and also learning a lot about the industry. There were some fun and well thought out exhibitions, such as Helen Brittons ghost train, Dialogue Collective presenting their Jack the Ripper inspired jewellery to the viewer as if it were forensic evidence and the MAD faculty of Hasselt University displaying their work on their backs as a mobile exhibition. It’s hard to pick favourites as there was a wealth of beautiful, clever and inspiring work on display but above are a few of my highlights from the weekend.