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Connecting Nature and Jewellery Together Really Fascinated Me. Interview with Helga Mogensen by Klimt02

Interview
Published: 09.04.2021
Helga Mogensen Helga Mogensen
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2021
Helga Mogensen. Object: Miniature Chairs. Spring Collection 2021, 2021. Driftwood, panel, copper, brass.. Height: 8 cm. Helga Mogensen
Object: Miniature Chairs. Spring Collection 2021, 2021
Driftwood, panel, copper, brass.
Height: 8 cm
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Intro
Being an artist is not something you can teach, but I feel it's more like guidance from the universe that creates the urge to be creative. Contemporary jewellery almost has no limits in the sense that it's such a big language that the maker has access to, material possibilities are endless but you still need to know where you are coming from when making. 
Tell us about your background. What were your first influences to be creative and become an artist and what has drawn you to contemporary jewellery?
I dreamt about being a jeweller since I was a kid. The dream kind of faded when I went to high school but around 20 I started to dream about it again and went full-on in figuring out my possibilities in getting an education in jewellery. What drew me in was the close connection jewellery has with the body and endless possibilities with materials. Also connecting nature and jewellery together was something that really fascinated me and the creative aspect kind of came naturally with it. Being an artist is not something you can teach, but I feel it's more like guidance from the universe that creates the urge to be creative. Contemporary jewellery almost has no limits in the sense that it's such a big language that the maker has access to, material possibilities are endless but you still need to know where you are coming from when making. 

 
How important is networking for you in your professional practice and what are your preferred tools for this?

In relation to meeting other makers in person, networking can be quite hard at times because where I live there are not many makers in contemporary jewellery. Saying that with social media the landscape has changed so much. I do attend fairs and meet customers and other makers there which is always an amazing experience. The internet has changed a lot in the past years, with Instagram and Facebook it's so much easier to meet others. 
 

What are your general thoughts on the contemporary jewellery world, (education, market, development...), where do you see chances and where are dead ends? 
I tend not to think about this too much because I feel that right now my role is to be a maker and everything kind of gets presented to me as I start opening myself up for my different roles. It might sound unresponsible but right now I am here to make what the universe shows me and I am learning my ways in this communication. 


How has your work changed over the past few years and what are you excited about these days? 
Over the years I have become more understanding of the purpose of the artist. This has manifested for me in realising how each piece I make has a purpose for the wearer and viewer, the energy I give out into each piece is there for the wearer and that purpose makes a piece of jewellery so much more important. This has become very important to me and this spiritual part that I'm very excited to explore these days. In this context I am very excited about new ways of working with materials, especially combinations of wood and metal, I think it’s a matter of developing myself every day so that I don’t become complaisant with my work. 
 
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