Jewel.Rotterdam presented 30 Rotterdam based jewellery designers and students, specialized in jewellery design at the Ad Arts & Crafts Hogeschool Rotterdam, during the Art Rotterdam Week from 20 – 22 May, 2022: an exhibition at OBJECT in the HAKA-building; lectures at Phoebus.Rotterdam; a film, projected on a building; and a mini symposium. I was initiator, curator and coordinator. www.jewelrotterdam.com
The book MyJewel with stories and photos of 100 people about a jewel that is special to them. All over the world jewellery conveys and connects traditions and stories, memories and customs. Jewellery carries special, extraordinary and communicative meaning and tells a unique story. Even in a globalised world we still feel it is important to express ourselves through clothes and jewellery, as a way of confirming or reinforcing our own ethnicity, nationality or identity, or mark birth, death, initiation, weddings or religious ceremonies.
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Gris Gris explores the origins, value and meaning of jewellery in various cultures.
In 2014 and 2015 workshops, interviews and shows were organized in Rotterdam Zuid en Maastricht. Designers of jewellery and students of the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design met with inhabitants of Rotterdam with a migration background about their jewellery and on that basis designed contemporary jewellery.
In 2016 filmmaker Afra Jonker invited 3 jewelley designers to design contemporary jewellery, inspired by stories of 4 women from Rotterdam. She made three short movies about this process for the television channel OPEN Rotterdam. The GRIS GRIS movie is still available: www.boaproducties.nl
In 2017 the exhibition Gris Gris was shown CODA museum, Apeldoorn. With their research and designs, twelve jewellery artists and five students of the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design translated traditional jewellery to the present. A selection of jewellery from the Wereldmuseum was included in the exhibition.
Have a look at the film: https://vimeo.com/234699674/449d36345a
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An exhibition of jewelley and small objects in Gallery Lous Martin (Delft), in 2006. An intercultural exchange, in which western and non-western designers and artisans worked together. The designers were fascinated by traditions, the use of materials and the authentic language of shapes. In the end result religious, spiritual and traditional influences could be detected. Cross-over brought different worlds together: the women’s group Xhenoga (S.A.) & Karin Kortenhorst, the women’s group AVE (Brasil) & Annemiek van Es, Maria Hees & a blacksmith from Mali, Arnout Visser & glassblowers from Kenia, Machteld van Joolingen and Chequita Nahar.
The Stichting Vormlust realised a couple of intimate, special jewelleryshows in the watertower in the dunes (Monster, ZH) in 1997. Gallery Ademloos , Gallery Guthschmidt (the Hague) and Karin van Paassen invited a group of 25 (inter)national jewellery designers to design jewellery, based on the theme of water. The jewellery were shown in clothes/ garments of 3 fashion designers. A special arrangement of images and sound enhanced the ambiance of the watertower, it created an impressive synergy.