The love of tools

Published: 20.07.2012
Sanna Svedestedt, Karin Roy Andersson Sanna Svedestedt, Karin Roy Andersson
Sanna Svedestedt Carboo, Karin Roy Andersson
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We humans like to label animals that use tools to open shells, catch food or for purely recreational purposes, as intelligent. And sure, finding ways to compensate for too large fingers, too weak legs or too few arms is a great skill.
Quite often our own body just isn’t enough. We need an accessory. Sometimes it’s difficult to find the right one – but when you do – what a divine feeling of pleasure! In our last article we asked for images showing your favourite tool. Here are a few of the creative tool lovers that answered.

Andrea Mannberg is a political economist, but she also has a passion for bikes. She owns four bikes and she spends most of her spare time in the saddle, a few decimetres above, or sometimes even under it.

We are not really sure what this is, but it looks cool...

And the hazardous result...

Märta Mattsson is a jeweller living and working in Stockholm. Her beautiful jewellery is shown worldwide, just recently she had a solo exhibition at Sienna Gallery. Her most recent work consists of insects covered in pyrite dust. Pyrite is an iron sulfide with a golden luster. To give her pieces the magical glow that makes her dead insects come alive, she has to have the right tool, the mortar:

Necklace by Märta Mattsson

Jonas Carboo is design strategist, who is madly hooked on watches. In his spare time, he likes to pick them apart, fix an (optional) problem and then put all the pieces back in place. For watchmakers and those alike, there are many fun tools to get jiggy with. Here is one used to remove the glass from wristwatches:

And a tool can be almost anything. For Sanna and her leather work, she is constantly searching for interesting new shapes that can endure boiling water and are sturdy enough for the leather fixing progress. And the most important “tool” for her current pieces is something as simple as pure boiling water.

It is hot!

Karin’s favourite tool right now is a very traditional one – the needle. She uses it in many different ways during the day. Repairing clothes, puncturing blizzards, making embroideries with different kinds of seeds and pips, or why not putting it into a toothbrush and works perfectly as a tool for stone setting.

But is revealing the tool behind a piece of jewellery just a way to ruin the magic? Or is the magic partly in knowing how something has been made? As makers, we love to get these details. And while working in materials of low economic status, the story of the making becomes highly important.

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.