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Amberif Design Award 2018

Award  /  21 Mar 2018  -  24 Mar 2018
Published: 15.12.2017
Amberif Design Award 2018.
Gdansk International Fair Co.
Curator:
Barbara Schmidt
Management:
Ewa Szpiek
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Intro
On 21 March, the 25th-anniversary edition of AMBERIF, the International Fair of Amber, Jewellery, and Gemstones, will begin at the AMBEREXPO Exhibition & Convention Centre Gdańsk. In this frame, the 22.international competition for the amber jewellery design will be awarded. 
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 Serendipity. 


Jury of the 22. International Design Contest for the Amber Jewellery Amberif Design Award:
Prof. Stephen Bottomley, Prof. Sophie Hanagarth, Marcin Tymiński, Dr.Petra Hölscher, Eija Mustonen, Barbara Schmidt


About the Jury:
Prof. Stephen Bottomley MPhil RCA Professor Stephen Bottomley is Head of School of Jewellery at Birmingham CityUniversity and was previously senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh / Edinburgh College of Art (2008-17). Trained at the Royal College of Art (MPhil 2001), the University of Brighton (1998 MA), West Surrey College of Art and Design (1986-89) he was a previous chair of the UK Association for Contemporary Jewellery (2005-07). He founded of the Adorned Afterlife network (2015), with researchers from across Design, Archaeology, Forensic Anthropology, History, and Museum Studies to examine and interpret less visible, ephemeral or hidden objects of adornment.  His jewellery is in collections at the National Museums Scotland, British Museum, South East Arts Collection and Royal College of Art.

Prof. Sophie Hanagarth Sophie Hanagarth (1968) lives and works in Paris and teaches at the jewellery workshop of the HEAR (High School of Arts of the Rhine) in Strasbourg since 2002. Trained in jewellery and graduate of the High School of Applied Arts in Geneva in 1995. Sophie Hanagarth creates an ambiguous object directory (ornaments), where the shaping of materials and their relation to the body engender nature-related questions of the jewel as attribute. The originality of her research lies in its approach to both the carnal and the corrosive that unfolds through an expertise specific to the metal. She received the Herbert-Hoffmann prize in Munich in 2011 and the Foundation van den Bosch prize 2014 in Amsterdam for her work. Her works are in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Museo Internazionale delle Arti Applicate Oggi Turin, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Mint Museum in Charlotte, CODA Museum of Appeldorn Schmuckmuseum in Pforzheim, MUDAC Lausanne, Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris and Montreal.
 
Dr. Petra HölscherDr. Petra Hölscher (born 1962) studied Art History, Romance Languages, German Literature and Industrial Anthropology at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel. In 1999 she initially worked at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (State Art Collections Dresden), before moving to Munich to join the Bayerische Verwaltung der staatlichen Schlösser Gärten und Seen (State Department for Bavaria’s castles, parks and lakes). In Dresden she was responsible for the main exhibition ”Jugendstil in Dresden. Aufbruch in die Moderne“ at the Castle in 1999 and in Munich for the exhibition ”Pracht und Zeremoniell. Die Möbel der Residenz München“ at the Munich Residence in 2002. In November 2002 she assumed her current position as a curator, since 2007 senior curator, at Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum (website: www.die-neue-sammlung.de). In this position she did and still does exhibitions about international Industrial Design and studio jewelry – accompanied by a publication as well she has written and co-authored numerous articles and books. She is also responsible for the museum’s acquisitions in both fields. In 2005 she was invited to give lectures on design history at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, which is still going on; and between 2009–2011 she was also asked by the Georg-Simon-Ohm-Hochschule in Nuremberg to teach. Recently she worked in design and design history in South Korea, accompanied by a presentation during the Munich Creative Business Week 2017 (MCBW), has organized an exhibition about the studio jewelry artist Tone Vigeland – both exhibitions at the Pinakothek der Moderne in 2017. At the moment she is preparing the exhibition “Jablonec ’68 – The 50th anniversary of the first meeting of western and eastern studio jewelry artists.” 
 
Eija MustonenEija Mustonen is a teacher in the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences; she lives and works in Ylämaa, Finland. Born in Polvijärvi, Finalnd in 1961, she has studied stonesmithing and silversmithing and received a degree of Master of Fine Arts at the University of Industrial Arts of Helsinki in 2005. Since 1987 she has taken part in several individual and collective exhibitions in Europe and the USA. In addition to her artistic career, Mustonen has worked as a teacher in jewellery art and in 2010 she started working as the manager of Fine Arts in the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences. Mustonen has taught in many institutions abroad. She has coordinated and organised international jewellery events, such as Alchemy in 1997 and after that the KORU1234 events, which are jewellery triennials. 
 
Marcin Tymiński
Marcin Tymiński was born in 1972 in Warsaw, Poland.
He has been a designer of jewellery since 1997, studied at Lodz Academy of Fine Arts at Prof. Andrzej Szadkowski class. Co-founder ( 2001) and member of “Group 6.” 
Since 2010 he is the President of the Goldsmithing Artists’ Association. His works are on permanent exhibition at the Amber Museum in Gdansk, Amber Museum in Kaliningrad, Museum of the Gold Art in Kazimierz Dolny, at the Museum of Geology in Warsaw, the Gallery of Art in Legnica and in Poland’s largest private contemporary jewellery collection of Mrs. Magdalena Kwiatkiewicz. Achievements: 2001 Grand Prix in Mercurius Gedanensis competition for amber necklace, Amberif Fair, Gdansk, Poland; 2017 Grand Prize at Amberif Design Award, Gdansk, Poland; 2017 Participation at Joya 2017 in Barcelona, Spain

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.
Marcin Tymiński. Ring: Evolution, 2017. Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2017. A sophisticated combination of Baltic amber, polymer and steel. The Jury unanimously  agreed the piece should be awarded the grand prize for elegant and simple contemporary piece of jewellery. The way the piece channels and diffuses the light through its facets and surfaces creates a glowing beacon of design.. Marcin Tymiński
Ring: Evolution, 2017
Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2017
A sophisticated combination of Baltic amber, polymer and steel. The Jury unanimously  agreed the piece should be awarded the grand prize for elegant and simple contemporary piece of jewellery. The way the piece channels and diffuses the light through its facets and surfaces creates a glowing beacon of design.
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Annelisa Mercier. Ring: Untitled, 2017. Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2017. A direct honesty in the carving of the faces with a rough sculptural quality. The piece demonstrates an intuitive and sensitive handling of this special media.. Annelisa Mercier
Ring: Untitled, 2017
Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2017
A direct honesty in the carving of the faces with a rough sculptural quality. The piece demonstrates an intuitive and sensitive handling of this special media.
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Susanne Elstner. Necklace: Untitled, 2017. Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2017. The jury especially appreciated the contrast between the organic charcoal and amber elements, and the colour difference between the design’s dark density and light transparency. The working of the material suggests an interesting movement which will be augmented when worn on the body.. Susanne Elstner
Necklace: Untitled, 2017
Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2017
The jury especially appreciated the contrast between the organic charcoal and amber elements, and the colour difference between the design’s dark density and light transparency. The working of the material suggests an interesting movement which will be augmented when worn on the body.
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Miron Kutarba. Ring: Untitled, 2017. Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2017. The Jury appreciated this crisp modern design which references the changing state of amber from liquid to solid.. Miron Kutarba
Ring: Untitled, 2017
Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2017
The Jury appreciated this crisp modern design which references the changing state of amber from liquid to solid.
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Maren Giloy. Piece: Untitled, 2017. Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2017. The Jury agreed this design exemplified the versatility and understanding of amber as a rough or polished material.. Maren Giloy
Piece: Untitled, 2017
Awarded at: Amberif Design Award 2017
The Jury agreed this design exemplified the versatility and understanding of amber as a rough or polished material.
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The Award giving ceremony​.
The Award giving ceremony​

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The Award giving ceremony.
The Award giving ceremony

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