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|From east to west, from here all the way over there, from exclusive jewellery to everyday stories.
With this blog will share our views and wisdom and take you with us through the ups and downs of our jewellery adventures.
|Sanna Svedestedt and
Karin Roy Andersson
- Swedes making jewellery in Gothenburg and working from a distance with the Klimt02-team in Barcelona.
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|05.08.2010 / 22:38 hrs.|
I think it smells like gold
As we told you in our last post, we are now back in Sweden. At the moment super busy getting started with our new workshops, making plans for future projects and – in the meantime we are making a living from another part of the jewellery world. Karin is a seller in a fancy jewellery store and Sanna is a valuer in a pawnshop - miles away from the contemporary. But you get a lot of experiences, some good some that you wish you would have been without.
Piece: Io ce l'ho d'oro (yeah...but mine's gold) 2007
Fine gold 6,5 x 3,4 x 3,4 cm Beak extension for pigeon
photo: Enrico Bartolucci, Paris
- The boutique where I work was robbed today, for the second time in one year. Fortunately no one was injured, but of course we all got scared and upset. I guess precious objects can provoke strong feelings. Often desire or some other strong emotion is something the creator aims to awake in the viewer. In the commercial jewellery industry gold, precious stones and an exclusive brand gives a product high value. This value can create a connection between the salesperson and the customer or between the person behind the register and the robber.
Piece: Langue 2006
Fine gold 4 x 5 x 1 cm
Photo by Andreas Licht
These relations to the object might seem superficial but they are real and they cause serious effects. In this case, probably the catch was meant to be sold on the black market, but the money it would generate – what would it be used for? A Porsche, a Rolex, an expensive phone? These are symbols of status and richness, and yes, probably the desire is very superficial. But I cannot help being fascinated by the power of desire and of these objects.
- I was very surprised the first times that I was selling jewellery in the pawnshop, when I realised that the most common question from the costumers was “how much does it weigh?” Not who made it, what was the thought behind this necklace or simply announcing that “I really like this piece”. No, the essential seems to be in the grams. And in the carats of course. I know I know, maybe it’s not to be compared to the things we try to achieve with jewellery art. But it is very interesting to see this side of the “gem”, a far distant facet – which’s shine probably affects our working conditions as artists making jewellery more than we want to think about.
Ring: Foundry 2008
800 gold, 999 gold, 18 mm
We have been thinking a lot about what it is that puts the value into an object. Working on a piece and putting time and energy into materials often develops a relation between us and the new piece. We might end up hating each other, but sometimes we fall in love. Not necessarily because it is a brilliant piece but because of the experience we have - and all the time we have spent together.
Ellen Holvik Jacobsen
Ring: Stone Golden
But the notion that something is rare or hard to get possession of can also add value. We find this curious, if it was the other way around life could have been easier. But on the other hand, for us as “limited jewellery art editions-producers” it is a fact that we can and will use.
- Sanna & Karin
|19.08.2010 / 17:33 hrs.|
I agree, the time you spend on a piece does not always add value. Sometimes it is the other way around. A piece that I have been working on for a long time and that does not turn out the way I want it to becomes painfully worthless because it reminds me of \"spoiled time\". Even though I try to tell myself that I have \"gained experience\" I must admit that deep down I am always hunting for increased value of some sort. This is a powerful force to keep on working but it can also bee quite an obstacle, narrowing my perspective. However I believe and hope is that work and engagement through time sooner or later will create some kind of evolution, adding some kind of value.
|12.08.2010 / 14:10 hrs.|
S and K,
|Anthony Tammaro |
I too have been thinking of the intrinsic value in jewelry and my work especially. Some things I have come to realize are... I don\'t believe I can measure or add value to my work by the amount of time I spend in the creation of said work. I think it\'s difficult to express value through time to the general public. By no fault of their own, the public (at least in the States) have been robbed of their ability to recognize \"craftsmanship\" in the products they consume. This may be the reason for relying on \"the gold standard\" to assign value. We as a whole are far removed from the creation of the products we posses, and we rely on marketing and media to tell us what is valuable.
Since I don\'t use precious materials, I attempt to create value in my work through curiosity, and the possibility of creating a \"story\" around the object. This is one of my biggest challenges as it takes a certain amount of education on the viewer\'s part to participate in this dialog.
Well I\'d like to thank you for this post and the opportunity to comment. Be well.