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Designed by Nature

Exhibition  /  04 Oct 2018  -  06 Oct 2018
Published: 23.10.2018
Exhibition venue, Eekhoorns Homme de Vries 1951..
Exhibition venue, Eekhoorns Homme de Vries 1951.

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Intro
For centuries, nature has been a source to artists and crafts people. A source of inspiration, both in form and material. So, too, for gold and silversmiths. Nature, in its endless variety, captured – sometimes literally- in gold and silver. Frozen, as it were, in time and space, in a capsule of precious metal. What if we were to return these animals, flowers and plants to nature? Touched by humans, enshrined in a glossy material, immobile. What would such an unexpected return of these frozen creatures–so powerful a contrast with the breathing, ever shifting environment that gave birth to them – look like?

Artist list

Maja Badnjevic, Rose Blokhuis, Martha Castaneda, Maja Houtman, Zita Jansen, Bas Janssen, Karen Klein, Ronald Kuijer, Marike Reinhard, Jacqueline Rodenburg, Anneke Schollaard, Kevin Timmermans, Karin Wichers, Monique de Broekert, Liv-Maritt Prins van Wijngaarden, Hans van der Leen
With the exhibition Design by Nature the Zilvermuseum has literally invited nature to its doorstep. Grouped in the theme areas earth, air and water, a habitat of nature-inspired silver art meets its organic counterpart in the most surprising of ways. Design by Nature features prized objects from the Rijksmuseum, Koninklijke Verzamelingen and the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, as well as never-before exhibited special silver objects from private collections.


Utrechtse Schatten is an informal group of gold- and silversmiths living and working in Utrecht, they provide the Silver Museum in Schoonhoven a choice of contemporary jewellery inspired by Nature. This group already organised six exhibitions in the old and the new Botanical Gardens of Utrecht.
Exhibition venue, Kikkerschaal by P J Heerens..
Exhibition venue, Kikkerschaal by P J Heerens.

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Maja Houtman. Object: Champignon du Monde, 2018. Contemporary silver filigree, copper leaves, lost wax insects.. 21 x 17 x 9 cm. Photo by: A10design Albertine Dijkema. Maja Houtman
Object: Champignon du Monde, 2018
Contemporary silver filigree, copper leaves, lost wax insects.
21 x 17 x 9 cm
Photo by: A10design Albertine Dijkema
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Maja Badjnevic. Brooch: Witch Circle, 2018. Fairtrade silver en 18 kt gold.. 6 x 6 x 1 cm. Photo by: Boris Schmidtfotografie. Maja Badjnevic
Brooch: Witch Circle, 2018
Fairtrade silver en 18 kt gold.
6 x 6 x 1 cm
Photo by: Boris Schmidtfotografie
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Hans van der Leen. Pendant: Safe, 2018. Silver, 14 kt gold.. 2 x  2 x 5 cm. Photo by: A10design Albertine Dijkema. Hans van der Leen
Pendant: Safe, 2018
Silver, 14 kt gold.
2 x 2 x 5 cm
Photo by: A10design Albertine Dijkema
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Maja Houtman. Brooch: Seedbombs IV, 2018. Silver filigree, lost wax birds.. 6.9 x 4.7 x 2.7 cm. Photo by: A10design Albertine Dijkema. Brooch and pendant.. Maja Houtman
Brooch: Seedbombs IV, 2018
Silver filigree, lost wax birds.
6.9 x 4.7 x 2.7 cm
Photo by: A10design Albertine Dijkema
Brooch and pendant.

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