All I want for Christmas

Blog post
Published: 10.12.2010

It is cold and snowy in Sweden now, it takes about 15 minutes just to put on all the clothes you need before you get out. However, this is not an insurmountable obstacle for the big crowds that are right now getting ready for this year’s Christmas hunt.


When we see the eyes of the people sweating in the shops dressed in their gigantic winter jackets or partly walking partly running on the slippery snowy streets on our way to the next boutique, we cannot help thinking – this is absurd! What are we doing? Trying to buy happiness? Everyone knows this is impossible. Or…

Karin: When I was about seven years old I was with my grandmother and her sister in a supermarket. When we got to the fruit area I got my eyes on something wonderful. It was a big furry kiwi (not a person). Somehow I understood that it was not meant as a cuddly toy, more like decoration, and it was certainly not for sale. The notion that it could never be mine made it, if possible, even more attractive. I still do not know how she did it but when we got home my grandmother had got her hand on the kiwi, and she gave it to me. I would say this was a moment of pure happiness.

We sometimes fall in love with objects and we admire the impact some things have – their attraction. It is impressive that some people can make objects charged with this kind of magnetism. Maybe we are being subjective, but we think jewellers in particular seem to have this skill. It is hard to point out exactly what makes a certain object almost irresistible. When it is not made of precious materials, the value is in some thing else – the shape, the story, the thought, the time, the concept, the hands that made it. Trying to put our fingers on why might be impossible - as we all know love is not logical. Suddenly it is just there.

At this time of the year this these emotions has many opportunities to arise. A visit to one of the many Christmas fairs makes our hearts beat faster. So many talented craftsmen and woman and so many wonderful objects.

We also experience something that could be described as being on the other side. Selling something that you have made to someone who is drawn so strongly to one of your pieces that they are prepared to pay the price for the work you have put into it, is also a magic feeling.

We know that we are a part of the Christmas hysteria and that we are trying to make a living of luxurious consumption but we hope that we can slow down the shopping pace and make our customers buy one well selected item instead of ten last-minute-gifts. It is enough.

Our wish list Christmas 2010:

Gésine Hackenberg, Neckpiece

Sanna: This neckpiece by Gésine Hackenberg blew me away the first time I saw it. It was one of those moments thinking, “Oh my god, I wish I had made this”. I love the combination of the plate and the necklace, the holes and the irregulare shapes of the beads, when the material underneath the glaze becomes visible.

David Huang, Luminous Relic 768
Vessel; copper, sterling silver, and 23-karat gold leaf,

Karin: I saw an image of this vessel on Internet. I have never got the chance to touch it but ever since I first learned about it’s existence I have been fantasizing about what it would be like to hold it, caress the beautifully worked brown surface and put my fingertips into the golden interior.

We are not sure if we have been good enough this year to deserve these gifts - but we are still hoping!

- Karin & Sanna


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Sanna Svedestedt, Klimt02 Forum Editor & jewellery artist

Karin Roy Andersson, Manager gallery Four, Gothenburg & jewellery artist


About this blog

Diagonal is a collaboration between Karin Roy Andersson & Sanna Svedestedt. Our focus is to promote contemporary art jewellery. With this blog we share our views & thoughts to take you with us through the ups & downs of our jewellery adventures.