Elin Flognman

Published: 04.11.2021


I am an art jewellery maker, with my studio in Trollhättan, Sweden. I earned my masters degree in art jewellery at the School of Craft and Design in Gothenburg (HDK).


In Sweden craft is taught in primary school. Usually, the very first thing you make is a wooden butter knife. I use this as a starting point in my work thinking about what it does to me, being able to make a butter knife. Carving into the core of the shapes and the movements of my hands are in my work and my everyday life.

I twist and turn everyday objects. Through mind hand collaboration I wish to emphasize the magic in the mundane. Every day and the ordinary are parts of life often put in the shadow of parties and extravaganza. 
Potato is a great part of my work. Potato as a culture crop shares a human history and can through this illustrate many of our endeavors. As an example in our future plans on the colonization of other planets, one of the first questions to arise is Can we grow potatoes?
I have a manifesto on material use, where I declare my materials to be the ones surrounding me. I try not to buy any materials but to have them given to me, harvested, or found. For inspiration, I walk.

Elin Flognman celebrates the humble potato in Everyday Matter, a surreal series featuring golden potatoes strung around the neck or clustered on the body as brooches - delightfully drawing attention to the politics of food, a celebration of the precious importance of this humble vegetable. / Kath Libbert, 2015

Il Giardino dei Potatis or Welcome to Löffelwald
I received an artist travel grant to go from Sweden, where I live, to Italy in 2020 and visit the sculpture garden created by artist Niki de Saint Phalles. The name of the garden is Giardino dei Tarocchi, the Tarot Garden, and consists of 22 gigantic sculptures showing the artist's interpretation of the mysteries of Tarot inspired by among other Antoni Gaudís Parc Güell in Barcelona and Palais Idéal in Hauterives, France by the postman Ferdinand Cheval.
There was no journey for me because of the pandemic of course. I then decided to make my own garden. A garden with wool potatoes, amber teeth, and brass spoons that is imagining the garden where I never went. This garden is mine. It can be anything I want it to be. Fearless. Beautiful. Grotesque. Fun.

During the pandemic, I studied my own family history and came to discover my grandmother's grandmother's father that lived in the province of Dalsland in a village called Åsnebyn (Donkey village) in the 1800s. Around 1880 a writer traveled the province looking for folklore storytellers. This was quite an in fashion at the time. The writer visited my ancestor and he wrote down 10 of his stories, one more fantastic than the other, in the book Historiegubbar på Dal (Storytellers in Dalsland). These stories have been inspirational seeds to my garden together with the description of him and his tiny cottage surrounded by woods and prickly gooseberry bushes.

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Exhibition  06 Nov 2021 - 09 Jan 2022  Il Giardino dei Potatis by Elin Flognman.
Exhibition  22 Sep 2021 - 24 Oct 2021  Enjoia't Awards 2021 shortlisted pieces.
Exhibition  08 Sep 2021 - 26 Nov 2021  JEWELS ON SALE JOYA 2021.
Exhibition  17 Oct 2020 - 29 Nov 2020  Solanum by Elin Flognman and Sara Erkers.
Exhibition  05 Jun 2020 - 30 Aug 2020  Contemporary Jewellery. Thoughts, Materials and Techniques.
Exhibition  23 Nov 2019 - 22 Dec 2019  Influences in Asolo.
Exhibition  15 Oct 2019 - 03 Nov 2019  WERT/voll (VALU/able) in Leipzig.
Exhibition  12 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019  WERT/voll (VALU/able).
Exhibition  13 Mar 2019 - 16 Mar 2019  Influences in Munich.
Exhibition  03 Oct 2018 - 30 Oct 2018  Influences in Barcelona.
Exhibition  20 Sep 2018 - 11 Nov 2018  Gioielli in Fermento in Padua.
Exhibition  07 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018  Gioielli in Fermento: Un bel Panorama.
Exhibition  09 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018  Influences in Florence.
Award  13 May 2018 - 28 May 2018  Gioielli in Fermento Award 2018 8th edition.
Exhibition  13 May 2018 - 27 May 2018  Gioielli in Fermento 2018 Exhibition.
Exhibition  05 May 2018 - 01 Jun 2018  Influences in Livorno.
Meeting  26 Apr 2018 - 29 Apr 2018  Melting Point 2018.
Exhibition  07 Mar 2018 - 10 Mar 2018  Influences.
Exhibition  20 Sep 2017 - 30 Oct 2017  Jewels & Chocolate.
Exhibition  18 May 2017 - 06 Jun 2017  The After Joya Effect IV.
Exhibition  21 Apr 2017 - 15 Jun 2017  Incommun by Elin Flognman and Carmen López.
Fair  08 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017  Schmuck 2017.
Exhibition  08 Mar 2017 - 11 Mar 2017  Hatara Project. Time Perception Vol.3.
Exhibition  14 Dec 2016 - 27 Feb 2017  Magical tale in grandfather's beard.
Exhibition  29 Sep 2016 - 01 Oct 2016  Selected Artists JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2016.
Exhibition  21 Apr 2016 - 24 Apr 2016  The Legacy Collection at The Melting Point 2016.
Exhibition  20 Oct 2015 - 12 Dec 2015  Transmission.
Award  08 Oct 2015 - 10 Oct 2015  The Legacy Award.
Exhibition  24 Apr 2015 - 31 Dec 2015  Impressions.
Fair  09 Oct 2014 - 11 Oct 2014  JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2014.
Meeting  09 Sep 2011 - 09 Sep 2011  The Ring – jewel forever.

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Book:  New Brooches: 400+ Contemporary Jewellery Designs. Estrada, NicolasPromopress:  Barcelona,  2018
Book:  Ausgezeichnet! most excellent!. Bruhn, InesArnoldsche Art Publishers:  Germany,  2016
Book:  JOYA 2016 Catalogue. Le DepartementLe Departement:  Barcelona,  2016
Magazine:  Susanne Hammer, FAULT LINES. 2012
Schmuckmagazin online
Catalogue:  Fria Tidningen, Alla skall ha medalj. 2012
Magazine:  Ketten. Susanne Hammer. 2011
Nevertheless, Vienna, S.124 - 131
Magazine:  Konsthantverk. 2009
2/09, Ung svensk smyckekonst på Nääs, 17 självporträtt
Magazine:  Göteborgs Posten. 2009
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