Published: 26.09.2012
Sanna Svedestedt, Karin Roy Andersson Sanna Svedestedt, Karin Roy Andersson
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 Summer season and holidays are over for most in Europe and we are back in business. This year we took a well deserved vacation. Having a little free time in our hands, we have been thinking a lot about how inspiration is generated. As firm believers that progress is something that comes out of hard work and sweat, just chilling can be hard. How do you go on vacation when you work with something that is your core, passion, hobby - something that is more or less part of your blood system?

Sanna “I spent part of my holiday in a very low-tech place for some kind of “24-hour-connectedness-detox”. At first, it was very hard to relax - I just constantly wanted to check my email. But after one week my heart rate was down to normal. Walking on the beach nearby was soothing, but as an artist, it is never just a walk on the beach. My walks were filled with beautiful patterns that I had to bring with me home.

The second part my holiday was a completely different story - it was time for another visit to Italy for the Cominelli foundation award! A scholarship from The Swedish Arts Grants Committeé made it possible to travel to the opening and prize ceremony of the show.

This year 43 artists were selected for the show at the beautiful Palazzo overlooking the Garda lake. We came to the exhibition a bit early in hope of a sneak peek but the doors were firmly shut. It seemed like the jury had a very hard job this year selecting a winner and they debated up to the very last minute before the opening. And it was understandable, this year’s show was of a very high standard, and it is fun to see that more and more internationally acclaimed artists apply. But one of the impressive parts of the Cominelli award is that they dare to show a large variety of expressions and a mix of well-known artists as well as new comers. It offers a refreshing mix while still being firmly connected to history.

This year quite a few of the participating artists were present at the opening, which is also very important for Cominelli’s position as a meeting point and place of networking. I was thrilled to meet colleagues, such as Barbara Uderzo, “mother” of the Blob rings.

Discussing with Barbara Uderzo

Sanna Svedestedt Covered#2, (Cuir Bouilli, silver, lacquer) selected for Cominelli 2012.

Many thanks to the Cominelli crew, the jury, AGC members & board for a great experience and fall kickoff. With support by The Swedish Arts Grants Committeé 2012.

Karin: “I went in the opposite direction taking a trip to the north of Sweden, Umeå. This is the place where I was born and where the major part of my family lives. In the last years I have been there during Christmas, when my sister got her doctor’s degree and when we arranged the exhibition A Pieceful Swedish Smörgåsbord - in other words; quite hectic occasions. This was something completely different. I spent most of my week there at my parents summer house just taking long walks, picking raspberries, discussing sickness, health, flowers, and clouds.
Some of my walks lead me to my uncle Bertil Strömberg’s house ( I wrote about him in our last post). On the third try, I actually got to meet him. For a while now I have been collecting pictures of clouds. I don’t have a clear view of how to use them but I am absolutely fascinated by all their different shapes and patterns. It turned out that Bertil once worked as a lighthouse-keeper, that he knows a lot about clouds and that he is a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society

I was just about to write that I haven’t started on my “Cloud-project” yet, but maybe I have. Some of my projects seem to grow slowly in some distant nerve path and all of a sudden something like this meeting with my uncle make them come awake. Now it is just a matter of getting these clouds to get out of my head and into my hands.

Going on a vacation like ours, or to an art show that you are also taking part of - we can not think of a more inspiring way to spend summer. Or let us just put it like this, we were on inspocation - now we are back in business.

About the author

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.