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Superfly Caddis Fly Larvae

French artist Hubert Duprat has made many types of sculptures over the past few decades, but these gilded caddisfly casings are my favorites. I love these tiny gilt insect homes.

Caddisflies live in streams and ponds and protect themselves by spinning silk with debris found along lake bottoms. They use any small bits available to make their sheaths, be it sand, bone bits, shell, plant material, etc.

French artist Hubert Duprat moved some of the caddisfly larvae into a home aquarium, and provided them with only gold, jewels, and semi-precious stones to build their sheaths. The materials used includes gold spangles, diamonds, sapphires, rubies, pearls, opals, lapis lazuli, turquoise, and coral.


Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam

This post is late… but, I still wanted to take the time to share some of the images and impressions of Galerie Rob Koudijs from my recent trip to Amsterdam. Galerie Rob Koudijs is located on the beautiful Elandsgracht canal, in the historic gallery district.


A small exhibition space, the gallery is laid out smartly, presenting the mostly european jewelry in a variety of manners, from conservatively placed in class cases to curating open air custom pedestals. There is also a smaller gallery section in the front of Rob Koudijs which features rotating solo shows.

From the website: The gallery specialises in contemporary art jewellery which communicates ideas, has sculptural qualities and an innovative use of materials. The gallery represents a very motivated group of jewellery artists who produce work challenging the borders of the applied and the fine arts.

As these artists come

from all corners of the globe, the latest international developments are
on display in regular solo shows and in the stock presentation of the gallery.

On display in the front gallery were some playful pieces by Felieke Van Der Leest (The End brooch pictured at right), that featured brooches, necklaces, and figures made of seed beads and repurposed plastic toys. I thought that the gallery used the color of the works that they had on display very well; the jewelry was like candies on display. I also appreciated the selection of works, as they utilized unique materials and were quite playful and experimental.

Finally, the owner/manager of Rob Koudijs was very helpful and knowledgable. I wish that I lived closer, because the upcoming shows look amazing. the Galerie will soon be showing Karen Pontoppidan, Ruudt Peters, and Mia Maljojoki: all artists that I adore!


Ruudt Peters, Lapis Prima Materia, gold, silver, copper.

Jantje Fleischhut, Thunbergia Grandfloria, gold, tourmaline, cork, resin, plastic.

Karen Pontoppidan, Boy Looking Down, silver, niello.

COLLECT

This show looks amazing!


COLLECT is an international exhibition hosted by the British Crafts Council which features European Contemporary craft and object makers. Hosted by the Saatchi Gallery in London, COLLECT runs from May 6th through the 9th. This show looks to be the UK’s compliment to our SOFA exhibitions, and the line-up on the website makes it look like a pretty phenomenal event. Although I’ll miss COLLECT, I plan to visit Saatchi Gallery after the show is over and see if the catalogue is still available.

Here is a blurb from the website: COLLECT champions craft makers from across the world and presents their talents, enterprise and innovation under one roof over four days. It provides important new opportunities for makers, as well as giving members of the public a chance to see and own something unique, beautiful and perfectly crafted. We know that a thriving contemporary arts and cultural offer is critical to London’s success as a world city. Events such as COLLECT are an important contributor to this and we are delighted to support the event.

Image:Monsieur Gaston neckpiece, 2010, by Eugenia Ingegno, Alternatives Gallery

New Traditional Jewellery: True Colours

Though I don’t think that I’ll be able to make this exhibition, I wanted to share the information for this years New Traditional Jewellery showcase. The show is a biannual show which is hosted at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem in the Netherlands. This years theme is True Colours, which is more than welcome as we exit the drab season of winter and begin to look for the colorful signs of spring.

Some of my favorites are pictured here:
The top image is a necklace by Tamara Gruner. I appreciate her monochromatic palate, and how the uniformity of the composition transforms the recycled materials into decorative objects that seem much more opulent than they are. The middle image is a necklace titled Show Me Colours 2010, by Denise Julia Reytan, and again features a composition of repurposed materials. The hyper saturation of the colors create a vibrancy that just makes my mouth water! Finally, the bottom image of the multi‐coloured Urban Tribal Necklace of Amanda Caines uses rejected telephone and computer wires made of plastic in bright colors, winding wool around them, fastens vintage fabrics to them and subsequently decorates them with beads.

Gah, I cannot wait for the catologue for this exhibition to come out!
Here is the mission statement for the show:

New Traditional Jewellery is a bi-annual international design competition in the field of contemporary jewellery. Historical or ethnographical carriers of meaning are taken as an incentive to generate new forms. In addition to this general framework there is also a specific theme. After traditional costume, faith and intimacy, this year’s theme is ‘True Colours’. Literally this refers to colour, for example in relation to materials and pigments. Throughout the ages colours and materials, such as gold and silver, often determined the meaning and value of pieces of jewellery. In the 1970’s and ‘80s other materials, such as textiles and Perspex, were also used.

As a result there emerged a new ‘language of colours’. This was an important step in the emancipation of contemporary jewellery. Therefore, ‘True Colours’ is about the history, meaning, value, magic and power of colour. Figuratively speaking, ‘True Colours’ could also mean “showing your true colours” or ‘to unveil your true self’. In this sense the theme could be approached from a social point of view, in which today’s multicoloured society is the main focus of attention. Colour contains information about status and social position. Colour can shout, curse, emancipate, help, judge and segregate.

Colours is a statement.