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EXPO ’4 SOLOS – 4 SOULS’ – Gallery Hnoss/Konstepidemin, Göteborg (SE) – 2-21 Sept. 2014

« 4 SOLOS – 4 SOULS » , Opening night 2-9

4 solos, 4 souls is an exhibition curated by Hnoss Initiative and present four young, visually very strong international jewellery artists. The work of the chosen artists shows a wide perspective of what contemporary jewellery is about, within its format of four solo exhibitions in a common context.

"4 SOLOS - 4 SOULS", Opening night 2-9 Gallery Konstepidemin












Noon PassamNoon Passama

“Portraits” collection presents jewellery pieces as personalities. They are representations of characters through abstracted and constructed facial aspects opening for interpretation, identification, and imagination”.  Noon Passama

 Nhat vu DangNhat-Vu-DangNhat-Vu-Dang-Green-Fold-backing-beskuren Nhat-Vu-Dang

“My work has two appearances, at first it seems stark, strict, geometric and monochrome, but then through interaction of the wearer or the environment it reveals it’s colourful aspect. I like to surprise people, to make them realize that nothing is what it initially seems.“  Nhat-Vu Dang

 Despo SophocleousDespo Sophocleous

“While maps and the spaces they create have been sources of inspiration in the development of my work, it is also the physical and emotional elements associated with place that allow me to create pieces, which represent and document movement, change and transformation in time and space.” Despo Sophocleous

 Benedikt FischerBenedikt Fischer

I am interested in things that withstand the test of time, that are maintained in our culture without question and which are established in our lives as axioms. I choose to work with industrially made products in plastic as a research of esthetics in our time and because I can’t deprive myself from it.”
Benedikt Fischer



Hnoss / Konstepidemin Gallery
Konstepidemins väg 6,
413 14 Göteborg,


EXPO – Schlegelschmuck, Munich (DE) – 13-21 Mars 2014

 SCHMUCK 2014 – Munich – 12-18 Mars 2014

Schlegelschmuck Munich is participating in International Schmuck 2014 and is pleased to present the work of five distinguished, contemporary jewellers :
Barbara SchrobenhauserGrant McCaigNhat-vu Dang –  Rafael Hafner — Jie Sun

inauguration : 13. mars 2014,  17 – 19 uhr

schlegelschmuck during Schmuck 2014 Munich!


Barbara Schrobenhauser -  Barbara Schrobenhauser graduated about a year ago from the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, class of Otto Künzli.Barbara Schrobenhauser « Aluminum 3″, 2011, aluminum foil, leather string – She graduated about a year ago from the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, class of Otto Künzli.
Barbara Schrobenhauser -Barbara Schrobenhauser« The time on my side », brooch, newsprint, charcoal, glue, some with glass
Nhat-vu Dang green bracelet
Grant McCaig  rings 2012Grant McCaig  rings 2012
Grant McCaig, bangles !!Grant McCaig, bangles


nordendstr. 7a
ecke adalbertstraße
80799 münchen schwabing

tel: +49 (0)89 -2710071



EXPO ‘Paper Art 2013′ – Coda Museum, Apeldoorn (Netherlands) – 6 Juill.-27 Oct 2013

CODA Paper Art 2013 

Art and jewellery made of and on paper

 CODA Paper Art 2013 - Coda Museum  (Apeldoorn, Netherlands)
Paper is a fantastic material that has inspired artists and designers to create works of art for centuries. To follow up the successful Holland Papier Biënnale, which CODA Museum organised in cooperation with Museum Rijswijk, CODA Museum will exhibit the works of no less than 21 visual artists and 16 jewellery designers from both the Netherlands and abroad.
The artists whose work will be shown in CODA Paper Art do not limit themselves to working solely with paper. Visual artists and jewellery designers who have worked with paper occasionally or even just once will be included in the exhibition as well.
Reusing paper and cardboard often goes hand in hand with the development of new techniques. A unique example is KrantHout, produced by designer label Vij5 and Mieke Meijer. KrantHout is a material that turns old newspapers into wood again. The old newspapers undergo several processes that convert it into a hard, wood-like substance that has many similarities with unfinished wood and can be used and treated the same way.


Exhibiting jewellery designers:   Attai ChenAna HagopianLydia HirteMari Ishikawa — Tia Kramer — Nel Linssen — Hannah van Lith — Jorge Manilla — Alix Manon — Maureen Ngoc — Shari PierceMette SaabyeFlora VagiNhat Vu Dang — Bronia Sawyer — Tatiana Warenichova.

Lydia Hirte Pendant: Wearable sculpture 2013 Fine drawing card, coloured with calligraphic ink, glazed (with UV absorber), pearl silk]Lydia Hirte Pendant: Wearable sculpture 2013 Fine drawing card, coloured with calligraphic ink, glazed (with UV absorber), pearl silkLydia Hirte PendantLydia Hirte Pendant
The pendants created by the German jewellery designer Lydia Hirte (1960) look deceptively simple. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. Hirte works with thin paperboard from which she cuts flat strips. Moving the strips a certain way with her hands creates a tension. Nothing is stapled or glued together.

Hirte: “With my hands I guide the power and the resistance of the material so I can shape it, creating new shapes and movements.”
The cardboard basic shapes of these pendants are cut out by hand. Angles and sides are coloured with ink. A layer of varnish gives a special shine.
Lydia Hirte studied at the University of Pforzheim.

The jewellery is surprisingly light when handled, and every jewel has its own surprise element. A pendant releases a stream of confetti when you pull a handle, or a coloured segment of a bracelet lights up when you put it on. Nhat-Vu Dang hopes to bring people closer together with this playful element.

Attai Chen - cardboardAttai Chen – cardboard
Attai Chen (1979) works with cardboard, which he tears or cuts into small pieces and then turns into a three-dimensional jewel. The work Chen creates this way can be completely different from the initial drawing he made for that particular design.
The shape of the object is not planned. Chen does know what he wants to make; a brooch, necklace or ring, and he pays a lot of attention to how the jewel will be attached, and to its wearability. The collection compounding fractions is a series made of recycled paper.
Chen: “I am fascinated by nature and the cyclical motion of growth, decay and new beginnings. Recycling is simply a matter of repeating that process. From decay – waste – I make a new object. I try to capture the beauty of the waste material in a new form.”
Attai Chen attended the Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. He graduated as ‘Meisterschüler’ under the supervision of Otto Künzli in Munich.

Ana HagopianAna Hagopian
Ana Hagopian has been making paper jewellery since 1994. Her jewels are inspired by the shapes and colours of exotic fruits and special plants she has encountered on her travels. Hagopian plays with the texture and qualities of both the original fruits or plants and those of paper. She cuts and pastes until a new shape emerges.
Hagopian: “Paper is tricky, sometimes even provoking, because it is not everlasting. On the other hand it is a simple and straightforward material. This makes it very interesting.”
Ana Hagopian attended the University of Buenos Aires (fine arts and interior design). She has been living in Spain since 1982. 

Tia Kramer (USA)Tia Kramer (USA)  
Tia Kramer describes herself as an ‘installation, sound, and jewellery artist’. Her jewellery designs are made of handcrafted paper that Kramer makes from the Philippine banana plant.
She makes wire constructions, without soldering, and covers them with this paper. The wearer’s movements create lively sculptures. Kramer’s jewellery resulted from a request to create a three-dimensional miniature model of a large sculpture that was to be placed on the campus of Macalester College in 2003.

Mari Ishikawa

Mari Ishikawa’s (1964) draws inspiration from the traditions and customs of her native country for the design of her jewellery. Relationships, ‘en’ in Japanese, are a recurring theme. It can be the relationship between form and material, but also the relationship between thoughts and surroundings or between emotions and material. In addition, Ishikawa-Vetter often uses the colour red.
In Japanese culture, red refers to the sunset, temples and holy places, ceremonies and the bond between two people. When the Japanese describe people in love they often use the expression ‘they are connected by a red ribbon’.
The use of paper as a basic material is also a clear reference  to Japan. Ishikawa-Vetter uses Japanese kozo paper and Japanese lacquer combined with silver and pearls. When the work is finished, it often looks like jewellery with lace, buttons and wire constructions.
Mari Ishikawa
Hannah van Lith (BE)Hannah van Lith (BE)
. “I aim to find a balance between simplicity and dynamics in my designs.” Mémoires des vacances (2010) is an example of said simplicity and dynamics. The folding technique and materials Van Lith used in this work reflect the journeys she has made and the map that guided her. This way, the inside of the brooch becomes a globe.
Hannah van Lith is currently taking her master’s degree at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
Tatiana Warenichová | SlovakiaTatiana Warenichová | Slovakia
Tatiana Warenichová brooch  SlovakiaTatiana Warenichová  - In the collection ‘Fairy Teller’, Warenichová tries to combine the right colour combinations of the fashion season in a brooch, thereby giving the spirit of that season its due.
Warenichová sets herself the challenge of combining techniques; joining together layers of paper, glued to wood or board and finished with silver. The motifs of her brooches are derived from well-known Slovakian fairy tales. Warenichová tries to capture the highlights of each of these stories in her objects.Tatiana Warenichová studied at the Academy for Fine Arts in Antwerp, where she gained her master’s degree in 2010. She lives and works in Bratislava.
Flora VagiFlóra Vági’s (1978) main sources of inspiration are organic shapes and materials. She worked with exotic types of wood for a long time but finally decided to focus on paper as her basic material. Paper’s unlimited potential gave her work a new dimension.
Vági: “The material I use says something about how I see the world. Once I have shaped the paper into a jewel, it can be returned to the world but just a bit different from the material that came to me originally.”
The brooch Ala Pervinca combines the pages of a book in a new shape with gold leaf and acrylic paint. Vági won the World Craft Council Award with this brooch in 2012.
Flóra Vági graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2008 but had already won the Marzee Prize in 2004, awarded by the Marzee gallery in Nijmegen. Vági’s work has been exhibited throughout Europe. She also gives (guest) lectures
Mette Saabye | DenmarkMette Saabye | Denmark
Mette Saabye (1969) is known in Denmark and abroad as one of the most innovative and experimental jewellery designers. Although she puts together collections sporadically, she usually creates one-offs that may or may not be tailored to specific people.
Saabye uses both expensive and cheap (waste) materials but mostly allows herself to be inspired by whatever is available. Gold rings decorated with buttons from grandmother’s button box are not an unusual combination. Paper is also a material she likes to incorporate in her jewellery.
Saabye feels it is important that the object is interesting on multiple levels. In addition to a sound theoretical basis, the jewel should have decorative qualities.Mette Saabye has won several prizes, including the St. Loye Prisen, a prize awarded by Copenhagen’s Goldsmith Guild to support young talent. She opened her own gallery and studio in Copenhagen in 2005.

Alix manon (BE) brooch - For the brooch and pendant that will be shown during CODA Paper Art 2013, Manon used recycled paperAlix Manon (BE) brooch – For the brooch and pendant that will be shown during CODA Paper Art 2013, Manon used recycled paper, which she treated with paint and ink. By piling up shapes, she creates a new image. Alix Manon attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. She also studied at the Academy SAIMAA University of Applied Sciences in Imatra (Finland) for a year in order to familiarise herself with the use of various techniques & the simplicity of Northern European design.
Shari Pierce Shari Pierce (1973) is mainly inspired by the objects she encounters on the street in everyday life. She takes photos of everything she sees. This can result in seemingly random images of piles of cardboard boxes by the side of the road, protest marches or dilapidated sheds.
She takes the material she finds on the street with her and incorporates it into her jewellery designs. These pieces of jewellery are either fragile or monumental compared to the photographic images, which capture the material in a broader context.
Pierce combines the materials she finds on the street with precious metals, giving her jewellery a new shape and meaning.
Nel LinssenNel Linssen (1935) has been creating jewellery and objects made of paper for over thirty years. Her work can be found in museum collections all over the world.
Linssen’s work has its very own imagery, which is very distinct. Linssen: “My work develops intuitively and based on an empirical approach. I am on a continual search for logical constructions that are inspired by rhythms and structures in the botanical world. Paper as a basic material was an obvious choice for me because it possesses many qualities that are very useful to me.”
Maureen Ngoc | VietnamMaureen Ngoc | Vietnam
Maureen Ngoc (1989) recently graduated from the London College of Fashion with My Ngoc; a collection of jewellery and fashion accessories made of paper. This exceptional collection shows that contemporary jewellery is often a fusion of ancient traditions and modern techniques.
Ngoc based the collection on three-dimensional patterns and traditional origami techniques. The result is a collection of conceptual jewellery that is not only designed to be decorative but can also be seen as body armour.
Ngoc drew inspiration from the shape of bird feathers when designing My Ngoc. The jewels are made of thousands of folded sheets of paper and follow the wearer’s movements. These movements constantly result in new shapes and three-dimensional patterns. The collection was photographed in black and white by Tho Vu.


CODA Museum
Vosselmanstraat 299
(Museumingang: hoek Vosselmanstraat/Roggestraat)
7311 CL Apeldoorn
tel.: (055) 5268400
fax: (055) 5268499


EXPO ‘Nhat-Vu Dang: Activate!’ – Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam (NL) – 12 Janv.-23 Fevr. 2013

Nhat-Vu Dang: Activate !Nhat-Vu Dang: Activate! Amsterdam Netherlands exhibitions - Galerie Rob Koudijs  (Amsterdam, Netherlands)  12-Jan-2013 - 23-Feb-2013

A platinum brooch covered in diamonds needs little explanation. The sparkle is bound to seduce, the social position of the owner is obvious; what’s left to talk about? Nhat-Vu Dang wants to make jewellery that is likely to start a conversation. He feels that it is a shame that in daily life people have become more and more introvert and self absorbed. What is wrong with smiling in the queue at the cashier or an unexpected talk on a bus ride, every now and then surprises, here and there some excitement?
One and a half year ago, at the occasion of his graduation at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Dang presented big sculptural pieces of jewellery. They were made of straightforward grey cardboard. Only when being used did the pieces reveal their secrets. In putting on the bracelets, unexpectedly colours flashed into sight. While walking, the brooches briefly exposed a brightly coloured tongue with every step you made.
The new work that Nhat-Vu Dang will present at his first-ever solo exhibition, once again shows his awareness of the interaction between the wearer of jewellery and the people he or she will meet. Likewise the surprise of things hidden plays a vital role again: elements of his necklaces fit into each other and due to the clever structure the owner has the possibility to make a choice about the final appearance of a piece. In fact, you can switch them either ‘on’ or ‘off’. His new brooches look like simple combinations of geometric, white shapes, yet you perceive the glow of invisible colours. The overview picture unveils both the effect and the secret of these pieces, as well as their perfect construction.
Nhat-Vu Dang lives up to the high expectations he created with his exam display. While using traditional models like the brooch and the necklace he manages to come up with new solutions which combine unconventional shapes and materials with a playful freedom. As before, the surprising results will undoubtedly start many a conversation; they will be like drops of oil in the social machine.
Ward Schrijver (© Galerie Rob Koudijs)

  Nhat-Vu Dang  Necklace: Hidden Pink 2012  Glass, wood, paint, high density foam, epoxy  Photo by Adrian Parvulescu Nhat-Vu Dang  Necklace: Hidden Pink 2012  Glass, wood, paint, high density foam, epoxy  Photo by Adrian Parvulescu

The new pieces, on view at the Amsterdam jewelry gallery Rob Koudijs through the end of February, are an extension of Dang’s graduation project (at Rietveld Academy) : sculptural pieces of jewelry made from gray cardboard, which revealed hidden flashes of color when worn. The new pieces, says curator Ward Schrijver, are even more conceptual but no less covetable: “Elements of his necklaces fit into each other and due to the clever structure the owner has the possibility to make a choice about the final appearance of a piece. In fact, you can switch them either ‘on’ or ‘off’. His new brooches look like simple combinations of geometric, white shapes, yet you perceive the glow of invisible colors. A platinum brooch covered in diamonds needs little explanation. The sparkle is bound to seduce, the social position of the owner is obvious; what’s left to talk about? Nhat-Vu Dang wants to make jewelry that starts a conversation.”

 Nhat-Vu Dang bracelet - Gerrit Rietveld Academie graduation Nhat-Vu Dang bracelet

Nhat-Vu Dang Nhat-Vu Dang bracelet
Nhat-Vu Dang  Brooch: Green Fold 2012  High density foam, remanium steel  Photo by Adrian ParvulescuNhat-Vu Dang  Brooch: Green Fold 2012  High density foam, remanium steel  Back side  Photo by Adrian Parvulescu
Nhat-Vu Dang  Brooch (front & back): Green Fold 2012  High density foam, remanium steel  Photo by Adrian Parvulescu

  Nhat-Vu Dang - small-pull-release-confetti necklace Nhat-Vu Dang – small-pull-release-confetti necklace


Galerie Rob Koudijs
Elandsgracht 12
1016 TV – Amsterdam
Telephone: +31 (0)20 331 87 96
Fax: +31 (0)6 139 05 554


EXPO ‘Below Sea Level’ – Galleri Format, Oslo (Norway) – 17 Janv.-17 Mars 2013

Below Sea Level – Jewellery from the Netherlands

(Manon van Kouswijk « Pearl Walk » Amsterdam)

Artists:  Ruudt Peters Ted NotenLucy SarneelManon van KouswijkEvert NijlandJantje FleischhutGésine HackenbergIris NieuwenburgNhat-Vu Dang


Today jewellery in the Netherlands is versatile; many different sources of inspiration, approaches and styles co-exist. Yet there is a mentality and an engagement that goes much further than just aesthetics. One can identify certain key notions that touch the chore of this approach: questioning, experimenting, abstraction, consistency, and the tendency to do things well but with a playful touch, to investigate profoundly and to work with a qualifying concept or narrative. The selected artists are all different and unique in their approach, but share the same inquiring mentality. The selection includes an iconoclast, an entertaining conceptualist, a joyous zinc smith, a chain artist, a romanticist, a designer in synthetic materials, a still life pictorialist, a storyteller and a playful abstractionist – together they present Dutch jewellery in all its broadness.
The exhibition will also present the renowned project “Wanna Swap Your Ring” by Atelier Ted Noten. The installation consist of 500 Miss Piggy-rings in shocking pink mounted on the wall of the exhibition space, all placed within the imaginary contours of a handgun. Spectators can obtain a ring made by the master by replacing it with an old one of theirs. What counts is not the value. Noten is equally happy to receive precious rings or cheap ones. What counts is the exchange of old stories and new ones. All the stories together will gradually fill the pistol-shape, changing the symbol of aggression into a charming and multi-faceted scene. A shift in meaning occurs, as is often the case in work by Noten, who has a penchant for combining opposing symbols. For the attentive viewer, the interactive installation holds countless different meanings.

  EXPO 'Below Sea Level' - Galleri Format, Oslo (Norway) - 17 Janv.-17 Mars 2013 dans Evert NIJLAND (NL) WANNA_SWAP_YOUR_RING

Atelier Ted Noten / Wanna Swap your ring / Museum of Contemporary Art

3JinglingRoofsSarneeljpg dans Exposition/ExhibitionLucy Sarneel « Jingling Roofs » necklace

Yellow_Bracelet_by_KYLE_small dans Gal. Format (NO)Nhat-Vu Dang « Yellow Bracelet »


Galleri Format Oslo
Rådhusgaten 24
0151 – Oslo
Telephone: +47 22 41 45 40


The Graduation Show 2011 – Gerrit Rietveld academie, Amsterdam (NL) – 6-11 Juill 2011

Over 200 students from the departments Architectural Design, Fine Arts, VAV, Fashion, Textile, Ceramics, designLAB, Image&Language, Jewellery, Dogtime, Graphic Design and Photography will present their works to the public.

On Saturday July 9th the winners of the GRA Awards will be made public. An external jury will announce which students are the most remarkable ones of 2011.

From Jewellery department :
Benedikt Fischer
Morgane de Klerk

Morgane de Klerk

Marina Elenskaya – graduation work 2011
Marina ElenskayaLook: I’m Engaged! – bracelets -2009 – wood, spray paint

Boris de Beijer
Atsuno Takase

Catherine Doyle

Nhat-Vu Dang (voir VIDEO)

Willemijn van der Sloot


Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Frederik Roeskestraat 96
Amsterdam, Netherlands


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