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Linnea Thuning Hjert. University for the Creative Arts. New Talents Award Nominee 2023

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Published: 01.01.2024
Linnea Thuning Hjert Linnea Thuning Hjert
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University for the Creative Arts
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Klimt02
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Intro
The 9th edition of the New Talents Award by Klimt02 aims to recognize the work of graduate students in our field by supporting their careers in the professional world. Nominated by our school members, one of the selected graduates will win the New Talents Award.

The core of my inspiration lies in the simplicity and functionality of a nail. A nail, in its essence, is a tool of utility – ‘If you want a hanger for your shed, you hammer a nail into the wall’.
This principle guided my design philosophy, emphasizing minimalistic elegance.

 
Name of graduation student: Linnea Thuning Hjert
Name of guiding teachers: Lina Peterson, Debra Allman and Grant McCaig


Nominated by University for the Creative Arts

Linnea’s project was the culmination of her time studying on the BA(Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing course at UCA Farnham, U.K.
As a project its success lies in both her innovative and thoughtful use of materials and a dedicated and investigative approach to casting as a process.

The visually blunt and dark immediacy of the old nails gathered from a building Linnea was renovating at the time, are contrasted with metal ‘ghosts’ of fabric, a material more ethereal and fragile. This contrast between the nails and the fabric becomes Linnea’s visual language which she uses to construct a range of objects. This is made possible by a process-led approach to making and a body of material research which uses casting in order to understand its technical possibilities. She then extends this knowledge to create a variety of settings, and she’s playful in her approach to this; a nail is held in place through the weave of a cloth, and a tourmaline is tied in place with a cotton string. These are innovative and immediate ways of creating settings that, at the same time, play with our associations of material value.
Working with what the house was offering up in terms of materials, this body of work echoes the domestic and balances notions of fragility and strength.

/ Lina Peterson, Senior Lecturer, UCA Farnham

Statement of the artist: 
Found Objects

In my collection, I've embraced the beauty of transformation, drawing inspiration from found objects I've discovered during a significant life event. In 2022, my husband and I embarked on a new chapter by purchasing our first home, a charming, three-bedroom brick house built in 1934, located in central Farnham, a town in the south of the U.K. This property, which required extensive refurbishment, came with objects left behind in four old sheds by its previous owners, an elderly couple.
 
My creative process for this collection was deeply influenced by these finds, particularly the rusty nails and other remnants from the house and sheds. This approach aligns with my passion for creating jewellery that not only tells a story but also breathes new life into what once was. The materials I worked with, such as these nails, were more than mere objects; they were fragments of the house's history and the lives of its former occupants.
 
The core of my inspiration lies in the simplicity and functionality of a nail. A nail, in its essence, is a tool of utility – ‘If you want a hanger for your shed, you hammer a nail into the wall’. This principle guided my design philosophy, emphasizing minimalistic elegance. Each piece, whether it is a nail bent into a ring shank or a brooch wrapped with a string, respects the inherent character of the nail. In this collection, the nail is not just a material; it becomes an integral part of the narrative, one that I am merely shaping, rather than creating anew.

Textiles, another key element in my designs, offer a delightful contrast to the rigidity of metal. Their malleability, ease of manipulation, and the rapid development they allow in design ideas brought a fresh dynamic to my work. I particularly enjoy the juxtaposition of textiles with the nails, creating pieces where the nail is both hidden and yet unmistakably present due to its distinctive form.
 
Additionally, I've incorporated raw tourmalines into some pieces. This interplay of everyday objects with precious stones highlights the unique qualities of each. Reflecting on the value I assign to these materials, I find myself drawn more to the nails, not just for their cost-free nature, but for their uniqueness and the stories they carry. Unlike the readily available tourmalines, these nails come with unpredictability in shape, size, and history, making them invaluable in my eyes.
 
This collection is more than just jewellery; it's a celebration of life's continuous journey, a tribute to the past, and a testament to the beauty of transformation. It's about giving new meaning to objects that have served their purpose, allowing them to shine yet again in a different form.



Contact:
Mail: linneathuning@icloud.com
Instagram: @inonesprime
Website: inonesprime.com

Find out more about University for the Creative Arts
Linnea Thuning Hjert. Ring: Found Objects Rings Fabric, 2023. Found nails, bronze. 4.6 x 4.7 x 0.7 cm. 3 x 2.8 x 0.6 cm and 5.3 x 3.1 x 0.6 cm. Linnea Thuning Hjert
Ring: Found Objects Rings Fabric, 2023
Found nails, bronze
4.6 x 4.7 x 0.7 cm. 3 x 2.8 x 0.6 cm and 5.3 x 3.1 x 0.6 cm
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Linnea Thuning Hjert. Ring: Found Objects Rings, 2023. Found nails, bronze. 2.4 x 2.6 x 1.5 cm. 3.2 x 2.5 x 1.7 cm and 2.6 x 2.2 x 1.2 cm. Linnea Thuning Hjert
Ring: Found Objects Rings, 2023
Found nails, bronze
2.4 x 2.6 x 1.5 cm. 3.2 x 2.5 x 1.7 cm and 2.6 x 2.2 x 1.2 cm
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Found Objects rings by Linnea Thuning Hjert, 2023.
Found Objects rings by Linnea Thuning Hjert, 2023

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Linnea Thuning Hjert. Pin: Found Objects Pin, 2023. Found nails, silver, tourmaline. 12.8 x 3 x 3 cm. Linnea Thuning Hjert
Pin: Found Objects Pin, 2023
Found nails, silver, tourmaline
12.8 x 3 x 3 cm
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Linnea Thuning Hjert. Bangle: Found Objects Bangle, 2023. Found nails, bronze. Linnea Thuning Hjert
Bangle: Found Objects Bangle, 2023
Found nails, bronze
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Linnea Thuning Hjert. Ring: Found Objects Rings, 2023. Found nails, bronze, tourmalines. 2.5 x 3 x 1.3 cm and 5.3 x 4 x 2.1 cm. Linnea Thuning Hjert
Ring: Found Objects Rings, 2023
Found nails, bronze, tourmalines
2.5 x 3 x 1.3 cm and 5.3 x 4 x 2.1 cm
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