Elwy Schutten

Jeweller  /  MunichJewelleryWeek2019
Published: 06.05.2021
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Elwy Schutten (1990) lives and works in Nijmegen the Netherlands. She studied goldsmith at the Vakschool Schoonhoven followed by a study at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. In July 2016 she graduated from the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design.


In this text you could expect me to write about my identity. I can talk about my education as a goldsmith and my study at the Willem de Kooning Academy after which I continued further at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Maastricht. I was born in Lichtenvoorde, a village in the east of the Netherlands and now I live and work in Maastricht. But is this my identity? Now you know the basic data about me, but not who I am.
If I would show you a picture of me, you would know more about me. Because clothing and jewellery say something about who you are. When you see a particular piece of jewellery it speaks to you, it gives you information. But how does that work? How can a piece of jewellery talk about identity?
Look closer at my face, at my hair and skin. I have blonde hair and a Western European appearance. You don’t see any wrinkles yet, but sometimes a bit of acne. Now you could maybe tell my age and cultural background. But how can you read this from my face? Is it the skin that tells you this? Does your face also provide some basic information like jewellery does? How can a face talk about identity?
Your identity is something from within that manifests itself. Your own thoughts and feelings are private, protected by your skin. The outside is visible and understandable for people, but some thoughts and feelings still appear on the skin. The skin as a border of your private perspective and the public world… and a mirror of your private perspective. The skin is a place where your private perspective becomes your identity.
This is what my work is about. I want to ask questions about identity and show that identity is what makes us individual. Are our identities more similar than we assume? What is identity and how does it manifest itself?

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Exhibition  06 Jul 2022 - 10 Jul 2022  Buckle up. Galerie Door guest at Seidlvilla.
Exhibition  09 Oct 2021 - 07 Nov 2021  Preziosa Young 2020 in Padova.
Exhibition  08 May 2021 - 01 Aug 2021  Zooming in or Zooming out? by Elwy Schutten.
Exhibition  09 Mar 2021 - 01 May 2021  ProChaine.
Exhibition  13 Jan 2021 - 03 Feb 2021  Preziosa Young 2020 in Barcelona.
Meeting  28 May 2020 - 04 Jun 2020  CANCELED / Firenze Preziosa 2020.
Fair  11 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020  Schmuck 2020.
Award giving  15 Jan 2020 - 15 Jan 2020  Winners of the Preziosa Young Design Competition 2020.
Award  15 Jan 2020 - 15 Jan 2020  Preziosa Young Design Competition 2020.
Exhibition  18 Oct 2019 - 28 Oct 2019  Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition 2019.
Exhibition  27 Sep 2019 - 17 Nov 2019  Enjoia't Awards 2019 selected jewellers.
Exhibition  31 Aug 2019 - 05 Oct 2019  Fabric or Skin? by Elwy Schutten.
Award giving  16 Mar 2019 - 16 Mar 2019  Talente Competition 2019 Winners.
Open call  20 Sep 2018 - 15 Nov 2018  Open Call for Designers in Residence in Pforzheim 2018.
Exhibition  05 Mar 2018 - 12 Mar 2018  Perfect Strangers 2018.
Exhibition  05 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018  Perfect Strangers 2018.
Exhibition  03 Feb 2018 - 17 Mar 2018  Culture and Identity by Elwy Schutten.
Exhibition  09 Mar 2017 - 13 Mar 2017  Built-in by Elwy Schutten & Dovile Bernadisiute.
Exhibition  21 Aug 2016 - 29 Oct 2016  Marzee International Graduate Show 2016.
Gallery Marzee, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

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Book:  Schmuck 2020 Catalogue. Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern:  Munich,  2020
Book:  Preziosa Young 2020. Le Arti OrafeLe Arti Orafe:  Florence,  2020
Magazine:  Elwy und die Fallhammer. Art Aurea, Reinhold Ludwig:  2017
Edition 31, page 64-67.
Catalogue:  PJFT.2016. Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design:  2016
Graduation publication MAFAD