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A Sense of Place: New Jewellery from Northern Lands

Exhibition  /  18 May 2012  -  16 Sep 2012
Published: 01.05.2012
The National Museum of Scotland
Management:
Beth Legg
Tobias Alm. Brooch: Response, 2011. Anter, wood, thread, paper and silver. Tobias Alm
Brooch: Response, 2011
Anter, wood, thread, paper and silver
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Intro
(...) This exhibition explores the relationship contemporary jewellers have with their environment. Six nations are involved in the project, each at the northern edge of European jewellery practice, and each with their own individual cultural histories and heritage. (...)

Artist list

Tobias Alm (Sweden), Rut-Malin Barklund (Sweden), Sara Borgegård Älgå (Sweden), Grace Girvan (Scotland), Ingjerd Hanevold (Norway) Caroline Holt (Scotland), Hildur ýr Jónsdóttir (Iceland), Jenny Klemming (Sweden), Agnes Larsson (Sweden), Beth Legg (Scotland), Helena Lehtinen (Finland), Helga Mogensen (Iceland), Eija Mustonen (Finland), Per Suntum (Denmark), Nelli Tanner (Finland), Tarja Tuupanen (Finland).
This exhibition explores the relationship contemporary jewellers have with their environment. Six nations are involved in the project, each at the northern edge of European jewellery practice, and each with their own individual cultural histories and heritage. 

As part of a doctorate research project, sixteen emerging, and established, jewellers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Scotland were asked to make two new works. The first piece was informed by a box of collected objects and materials that each artist gathered from an environment which is significant to them. This collection became a research process towards their tangible interpretation of place. 

These 'Topophilia' (love of a place) boxes were then swapped, anonymously and at random, for another artist’s box that formed the stimuli for the second piece of jewellery. The work is displayed in pairs alongside the corresponding box of source materials illustrating the different approaches taken by artists with the same stimuli. Visitors can compare how the artist’s work is affected by working from the objects they have chosen and from objects that have been selected by someone else. 

The collections in the boxes and the finished work are poetic responses to feelings of belonging through the language of making. This project is a celebration of our cultural links through our lived experience of our environment; cementing the bonds of cultural identity through collected and crafted material objects and forming new connections to our place in the world.
Rut-Malin Barklund. Necklace: Response, 2011. Wood, leather, paint and copper. Rut-Malin Barklund
Necklace: Response, 2011
Wood, leather, paint and copper
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Grace Girvan. Brooch: Response, 2011. Wood, Steel, Shell. Grace Girvan
Brooch: Response, 2011
Wood, Steel, Shell
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Sara Borgegård Älgå. Necklace: Furillen, 2011. Painted wood, iron and thread. Sara Borgegård Älgå
Necklace: Furillen, 2011
Painted wood, iron and thread
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Beth Legg. Brooch: Collection Triptych, 2011. Copper, Silver, steel, wood, enamel paint. Beth Legg
Brooch: Collection Triptych, 2011
Copper, Silver, steel, wood, enamel paint
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Helena Lehtinen. Brooch: Untitled, 2011. Glass beads, silver, reconstructed ivory (plastic), textile. Helena Lehtinen
Brooch: Untitled, 2011
Glass beads, silver, reconstructed ivory (plastic), textile
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Nelli Tanner. Object: Response, 2011. Stone, artificial wood, metal. Nelli Tanner
Object: Response, 2011
Stone, artificial wood, metal
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Per Suntum. Brooch: Song of Two, 2011. Silver, fine silver, enamel, gold. Per Suntum
Brooch: Song of Two, 2011
Silver, fine silver, enamel, gold
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