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Amberif Design Award 2017

Award  /  22 Mar 2017  -  25 Mar 2017
Published: 28.11.2016
Amberif Design Award 2017.
Gdansk International Fair Co.
Curator:
Barbara Schmidt
Management:
Ewa Rachon
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Intro
For more than 20 years the Amberif Fair invites artists and designers from all over the world to contribute their interpretations on the given subjects. An impressive group of international renowned artists has taken part so far and surprised and convinced with their work by using amber in an unseen way.
The goal and the objective of the Competition is to promote amber as a source of artistic expression. The competition's aim is the design of an original, artistic piece of jewellery with amber, inspired by the topic of the year. This Years Topic is Periphery.


Jury of the 21. International Design Contest for the Amber Jewellery Amberif Design Award:
Stephen Bottomley, jewellery artist, designer and maker, senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.
Ramon Puig Cuyas, jewellery artist, lecturer at the Escola Massana, Barcelona.
Aleksandra Mokw, blogger, Gdansk.
Inger Wastberg, art historian, curator, author of the book Contemporary Swedish Art Jewellery, Stockholm.
Arek Wolski, jewellery designer, Warsaw.

About the Jury:
Stephen Bottomley
- senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. His main role is as Programme Director 
of the Masters and BA Hons Jewellery and Silversmithing courses at Edinburgh College of Art within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. 
Stephen’s practice is a jewellery artist, designer and maker who explores the overlapping terrain between traditional handcraft v contemporary digital technology and material innovation. His particular studio interests include etching, printing, embossing metal and working with vitreous enamel to affect surface and colour. Research interests include exhibitions, workshops and various published contributions in collaboration with industrial and museum partners in the UK and abroad. Stephen currently leads the Adorned Afterlife research network (est 2015) in collaboration with the National Museums Scotland. The network brings together researchers from across Design, Archaeology, Forensic Anthropology, History, Philosophy and Museum Studies 
to examine and interpret objects of adornment through a range of technologies Stephen has supervised PhD students whose projects have explored cultural, historical and material influences on practice for individual makers or the wider industry and contemporary craft culture.
His work is internationally exhibited and is held in collections at the British Museum, National Museums of Scotland, Royal College of Art and South East Arts Collection.

Ramon Puig Cuyas - born 1953 in Matarò, Barcelona. living and working in Vilanova i la Geltrú where the sea and the mythology of the Mediterranean world influenced his life and work. 1969-1974 studied at the Escola Massana, jewellery design, Barcelona. Since 1977 until 2016 Professor at the Escola Massana as a head of the jewellery department. Most of his jewels are connected to the Mediterranean world, to the sea, to rituals, myths, and beliefs, to Atlantis. He states: “my work’s central aim is for the object produced by my hands to be more than just a form of expression, rather that it be a way of sharing with others the experience lived through my working process, of all that I’ve found, discovered and made visible”.
His works are included in the permanent collections of prestigious museums in Pforzheim, Copenhagen, Vienna, Munich, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Houston, Barcelona, Köln, London, Trondheim. He took part to exhibitions in Europe, Asia, United States and Canada. 

Aleksandra Mokwa - graduate of marketing at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Gdańsk. Works at the Department of Promotion, Information and Social Communication at the City Hall of Gdańsk. Responsible for the City's social media and the most prestigious polish conference of on line authors - Blog Forum Gdańsk. of marketing in social media at hers home faculty at the University of Gdańsk. Passionate about new media and tech. Also interested in art, fashion and literature. 

Inger Wästberg - an art historian with a master's degree in contemporary jewellery. She has worked with information and ad- vocacy in a variety of roles, including as a member of Stockholm city council, vice chairman of Stockholm University, senior advisor to the minister of Social Affairs and Director General for the Office of the Disability Ombudsman. She is a member of The Global Leadership Council at The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and a member of the advisory board at Ädellab, Konstfack, University College of Arts, Craft and Design, Stockholm. Inger Wästberg has also written books about  disability  legislation  and  about  the city of New York and Contemporary Swedish Art Jewellery. 

Arek Wolski - designer, jeweller, maker of gold, silver and brass jewellery, as well as jewellery made of volcanic lava, sea glass and recycled materials. He designs and makes functional items, jewellery and larger forms: furniture, lamps and pottery.
He has a background in oceanography, with a 1998 master’s degree from the University of Gdańsk. 
He has been practising jewellery art since his graduation, in his own studio, having learned his skills by trial and error. At his final year at university, he found employment with an amber polisher. Two months later, he was already working on his own. He won the prestigious Innovation Award at Inhorgenta Europe and is the first artist from Poland to have received an award at the Munich Fair.  It is one of the world’s most important jewellery design distinctions. Wolski was singled out from among 161 artists. “His work has a profound message. It is an ironic interpretation of the modern world expressed through the language of jewellery,” emphasised the jury. He was also the first Polish artist to exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, in autumn 2013. The LOOT exhibition of artist-made jewellery gathered pieces from 53 jewellers from almost all over the world. Wolski presented his collection made of silver, steel, gilded silver and gemstones.

Barbara Schmidt - Curator of the Competition
Graduate of the Department of Design at Zeichenakademie Hanau and Design Management at the University of Central England, Birmingham. For more than 20 years, she has specialised in design, especially in the area of conceptualisation, management and education. As a recognised expert, Barbara Schmidt provides consulting services, organises workshops and seminars and gives lectures in English and German. She initiates and coordinates diverse exhibition and competition projects, including the Inhorgenta Innovation Prize. Since 2005, Barbara Schmidt has been the head of the Design Academy (Akademie für Gestaltung und Design der Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern) in Munich, where she lives and works. From 2015 edition she has become the curator of Amberif Design Award. Her tasks  includes recommending topics, advising on jury selection and supporting ADA-promoting activities. 


The Prizes:
The Main Prize: awarded by the Mayor of Gdańsk: PLN10,000 gross exchange rate approx. PLN 4.2 / 1 €.
The Amber Prize awarded by the International Amber Association - 1 kg of amber.
The Silver Prize - 1 kg of silver.

About the International Fair of Amber, Jewellery and Gemstones AMBERIF:
Amberif is a trade-only event which covers a wide range of Baltic amber jewellery, silver and gold jewellery with gemstones, diamonds and pearls, designer jewellery, silverware, jewellery technologies, machines, tools and packaging. More than 450 exhibitors from Poland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Germany, India, Italy, Lithuania and the UK are expected, as well as 6,000 trade visitors from over 50 countries.

Amberif ’s agenda is developed in partnership with our long-standing partners, including the SRJ Polish Association of Jewellery Experts, HRD Antwerp, the Pomeranian Skilled Crafts Chamber of SMEs, the Polish Chamber of Amber Commerce, the International Amber Association and the STFZ Goldsmithing Artists’ Association.

Among Amberif ’s side events, it is the Amber Look Gala Evening that plays the leading role, with jewellery and fashion designers presenting their latest collections.
Award Ceremony of Amberif 2016.
Award Ceremony of Amberif 2016

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Jolanta Kupniewska. Object: Untitled. Amber, gold plated silver. Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2016. Awarded with the Grand Prize.
. A reversal of materials, where gold is set in amber. A clash of a raw amber nugget with a rough-hewn gilded piece of silver.
. Characteristic transition from the transparent to the opaque in combination with an interesting architectural form.. Jolanta Kupniewska
Object: Untitled
Amber, gold plated silver
Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2016
Awarded with the Grand Prize.
A reversal of materials, where gold is set in amber. A clash of a raw amber nugget with a rough-hewn gilded piece of silver.
Characteristic transition from the transparent to the opaque in combination with an interesting architectural form.
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Jelizaveta Suska. Ring: Transition, 2016. Row baltic amber, copper. 2 x 4 x 3 cm. Photo by: Jelizaveta Suska. Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2016. Awarded with the Amber Prize.
. The jury liked how the patinas transition into amber and the copper holds the amber.
. The texture of the crust of the copper melts into the texture of the crust of the amber.. Jelizaveta Suska
Ring: Transition, 2016
Row baltic amber, copper
2 x 4 x 3 cm
Photo by: Jelizaveta Suska
Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2016
Awarded with the Amber Prize.
The jury liked how the patinas transition into amber and the copper holds the amber.
The texture of the crust of the copper melts into the texture of the crust of the amber.
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Kinga Sulej. Object: Untitled. Amber, textile. Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2016. The Silver Prize:
. 1kg of Silver sponsored by the KGHM Polska Miedź S.A
. Kinga Sulej, Dłutów, Polska
. Very organic, like a lichen. There is a transition of the blue into yellow-green amber. From soft texture into harsh, broken, aggressive edges.. Kinga Sulej
Object: Untitled
Amber, textile
Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2016
The Silver Prize:
1kg of Silver sponsored by the KGHM Polska Miedź S.A
Kinga Sulej, Dłutów, Polska
Very organic, like a lichen. There is a transition of the blue into yellow-green amber. From soft texture into harsh, broken, aggressive edges.
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Kim Ji Young. Object: Untitled. Amber. Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2016. Honorary mention.
. Excellent creative process as transition.. Kim Ji Young
Object: Untitled
Amber
Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2016
Honorary mention.
Excellent creative process as transition.
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Emilia Kohut-Jeż. Object: Untitled. Amber, resin. Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2016. Honorary mention.
. Colours, form, material and amber fixed in a harmonious way. Artificial resin transitions into natural amber.. Emilia Kohut-Jeż
Object: Untitled
Amber, resin
Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2016
Honorary mention.
Colours, form, material and amber fixed in a harmonious way. Artificial resin transitions into natural amber.
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