In her work as a curator Karin van Paassen works on exhibitions with contemporary jewellery designers. She always had great interest in jewellery and she has always been a collector of ethnic jewellery. She is fascinated by the design and especially the meaning of jewellery in all kinds of cultures. In 2015 she took the step to design jewelley (unica) and objects herself with the name TiNiK.
The exhibition ‘OriGin’ featuring porcelain neck ornaments designed and made by Karin at Galerie Guthschmidt in The Hague from 25th of March to 12th of May 2018.
In 2017 Karin travelled to Jingdezhen, China’s porcelain capital, and worked alongside local craftsmen to make black porcelain charms. The unique neck ornaments have been crafted using black porcelain elements and old charms originating from various cultures. Karin found inspiration in the rich symbolism jewellery and decorative objects hold in traditional Chinese and other Asian cultures. Besides incorporating old beads into her designs, she has used shapes, even cast models, of objects such as vertebrae and bones as well as well as volcanic stone, horse hair and other distinctive natural materials. The result is a singular collection that reveals the significance both her own coastal environment and old, exotic cultures play in her life and work. Past and present merge in the stories waiting to be told in dozens unique neck ornaments. www.galerieguthschmidt.nl
Photographer: Adriaan Backer
Model: Roos Bahasuan
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Exhibition 10 tegen 1, 2015
Participation in the exhibition ’10 against 1’ in the Zeetoren in Hoek van Holland, together with 9 artists, designers and photographers. Two torso’s, covered with amulets with suspected influences and forces, charms, bones and other natural materials.
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Participation in an exhibition at the Galerie pARTners (Rotterdam) in 2016. The installations with rich, exuberant and simple geometrical patterns are a result of the fascination for skindecoration of African and Asian tribes. Karin analysed and abstracted patterns and placed them on organically shaped natural objects, in combination with bones, vulcanic stones, charms, shells and horsehair, etc.
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