Eva Van Kempen

Jeweller  /  MunichJewelleryWeek2020
Published: 01.07.2024


2 new pieces have been added to the artist's profile. Recent publications about artist's work are available to check in the publication list.
Eva Van Kempen, photo: Museum de Fundatie. Eva Van Kempen, photo: Museum de Fundatie.


Eva van Kempen (1976) is an experienced goldsmith and jewelry artivist. With a BA in HRM, Van Kempen received her MA from Sandberg Institute, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam in 2020. Her work is exhibited internationally in shows in Europe, Asia, and the US and is part of several private and public collections.

Her work evolved drastically when she was confronted with serious health issues. Van Kempen’s collections reflect her fascination with human potential, specifically related to achievements in the medical and specialized goldsmithing fields.

In 2015 the artist presented her LifeLines jewellery line, made from safely recycled hospital waste. With these works, she demonstrated the inherent exquisiteness and value of a range of medical equipment and implements. A solo exhibition was presented at Amsterdam Medical Centre (AMC), where she used to be a patient. A solo exhibition Ready-To-Bear in Museum de Fundatie followed (2017-2018). 

One part of Van Kempen’s eclectic practice focuses on craft heritage and filigree, a roughly 4,600-year-old ornamental jewelry specialization, of which she has been a practitioner since 2010. For her master's thesis, she conducted field research into filigree in both the Netherlands and China, during an artist's residency at San W in Shanghai. In collaboration with Traditionow, Van Kempen was part of a residency program concerned with Royal Chinese Filigree Inlay at the Filigree Museum in Shantou, Guangdong Province.

In response to the impending extinction in the Netherlands of this time-consuming technique, in 2020 Van Kempen launched the Instagram page The Filigree Ambassador. It was later renamed The Filigree Embassy. Instead of mourning the loss of tradition in the face of technological change, the designer chooses to socialize basic filigree knowledge production and emphasize its meditative aspects. Practicing an intangible cultural heritage while engaging in a new form of self-care in today’s fast-paced society, she argues, can provide people with a sense of place and purpose, which can be beneficial to their well-being.

In August 2022, with the support of Creative Industries Fund NL, Van Kempen launched The Filigree Embassy, an online, open-source filigree knowledge platform in Dutch. Aiming to repopularise filigree in the Netherlands, she innovates, safeguards, and shares filigree knowledge in collaboration with designers, practitioners, teachers, art historians, and enthusiasts.


The inspiration for the series "LifeLines" (2015), "Scents of Life" (2017), "Ready-To-Bear" (2017), “Planned Parenthood" (2018-2020) and "Freedom as Luxury” (2020) finds its origin in medical materials and medicine. I am fascinated by what manmade medical materials and medicine can mean for a human life and for humanity as a whole. Designed for the human body, I feel that these materials have the perfect scale to become jewels. Driven by an urge to reanimate safe hospital waste - expired intravenous systems, syringes and medicine - I aim to honour and restore these materials to what they could have meant. The works invite the viewer to look with new eyes and rethink prevailing notions on medical materials, societal or even humanitarian issues.

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Exhibition  05 Mar 2022 - 26 Mar 2022  Declaration of Sentiments in Stockholm.
Exhibition  06 Sep 2020 - 03 Oct 2020  Declaration of Sentiments.
Exhibition  19 Mar 2020 - 24 Mar 2020  Tincal lab Challenge 2019: Jewelry and Anatomy at ROJW2020.
Exhibition  30 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019  Dear Shanghai by Challenging Jewellery.
Meeting  20 Nov 2019 - 06 Dec 2019  The Slow Reveal: The Lottery.
Exhibition  09 Nov 2019 - 31 Dec 2019  Tincal lab Challenge 2019: Jewelry and Anatomy.
Exhibition  08 Oct 2019 - 11 Oct 2019  Lié.e.s in Barcelona.
Exhibition  04 Jul 2019 - 06 Oct 2019  NOD: Wearing Change.
Exhibition  05 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019  ...LIÉ.E.S....
Curated by Sébastien Carré, Galerie Art Course, Strasbourg, France.
Exhibition  05 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019  Lié.e.s.
Exhibition  08 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018  Initiation: Kallichoron.
Exhibition  20 Sep 2017 - 30 Oct 2017  Jewels & Chocolate.
Exhibition  08 Sep 2017 - 11 Feb 2018  Ready to Bear by Eva van Kempen.
Exhibition  20 May 2017 - 19 Aug 2017  LifeLines, an ode to hospital materials.
duo-exhibition with photos of Hugo Rompa, Reade, Amsterdam, Holland.
Exhibition  20 May 2017 - 18 Jun 2017  Scents of Life.
AME Gallery X PIN sstudio, Taiwan
Exhibition  20 May 2017 - 28 May 2017  Becoming More Porous. Becoming More Craft-oriented.
Exhibition  25 Mar 2017 - 29 Apr 2017  Zu zweit und nicht allein.
Handwerkskammer Hannover, Germany
Exhibition  18 Mar 2017 - 29 Apr 2017  Scents of Life.
Exhibition  06 May 2016 - 05 Jun 2016  Plastic is Forever.
Exhibition  22 Apr 2016 - 27 May 2016  Más que Zuecos y Tulipanes.
Exhibition  07 Mar 2016 - 29 May 2016  LifeLines, an ode to hospital materials.
Antonius Pharmacy, St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, Holland
Exhibition  18 Feb 2016 - 31 Mar 2016  Més que esclops i tulipes.
Curator Luis Acosta

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Video:  Reproducing Filigree (ENG). Robbie van Zoggel.  2024
Magazine:  Let's get Radical!. Frank ColisimoSTUNNIN' Magazin:  2023
Issue #4
Article:  De laatste Nederlandse filigreinmeester en de eerste Nederlandse filigrein ambassadeur. Eva van KempenHedendaagse sieraden:  2023
Magazine:  СТРАШЕННО ГОЛОСНО і неймовірно близько. Daria KibetsMarie Claire Ukraine:  2022
Reaserch:  Infinity Filigree by Eva van Kempen and Ming Design Studio. Crafts Council:  2022
 New Crafts by Crafts Council
Podcast:  How protest art aims to "comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. Jessica Severin de Martinez and Chion WolfConnecticut Public Radio:  2022
Book:  New Bracelets: 400+ Contemporary Jewelry Designs. Estrada, NicolasPromopress:  Barcelona,  2021
Online Article:  Meet the Maker. Crafts Council Nederland:  2021
Research:  The Filigree Ambassador: A Strategy to Revive an Intangible Cultural Heritage and A Preliminary New Theory on the Origin of Filigree. Eva van KempenJournal of Jewellery Research:  2021
Vol. 4, p. 92-121
Online Article:  Instagram has banned a pro-choice filter featuring abortion pills. Dawson, BritDAZED:  London,  2020
Online Article:  Instagram Rejected a Pro-Choice Face Filter. Solis, MarieVice:  New York,  2020
Republished in the UK and Australia.
Online Article:  Eva van Kempen. Doornbosch, EstherHedendaagse sieraden:  Amsterdam,  2020
Video:  Abortion: life-saving packages. Arte:  Strasbourg,  2020
Online Article:  Instagram verbannt Pro-Schwangerschaftsabbruch-Filter. Ayaydinli, TuanaNOIZZ:  2020
Online Article:  POLITICAL WAVES. POLITICAL BODIES. Ruggiero, IlariaNot Just A Label:  2020
Online Article:  THE ARTIVIST, Ethics And Aesthetics In Eva Van Kempen’s Artistic Practice. Ruggiero, IlariaArt Jewelry Forum:  2020
Online Article:  Challenging Jewellery – een samenwerking. Saskia van  2020
Article:  Bijoutiers ou plasticiens?. DNA:  2019
June 18, 2019, P.16
Catalogue:  LIÉ.E.S / LINKED Exhibition of Art Jewelry. Strasbourg,  2019
June 2019, P.5, 38
Article:  Ready-To-Bear. Inside-Outside Jewellery by Eva Van Kempen. Delfos, Martine FranceKlimt02:  Barcelona,  2018
Magazine:  Klaar om te dragen, levensreddende broosheid. Boukje Mulder.  2018
p.55-59 and coverphoto Metier Magazine, Spring 2018.
Magazine:  Opzij, Klaar om te dragen. 2018
Newspaper:  Kunst im Doppelpack. Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung:  Germany,  2017
March 24
Magazine:  LifeLines, een ode aan ziekenhuismaterialen. Korsse, S..  2017
De jonge Specialist
Newspaper:  Een spiraaltje om je hals. Amsterdam,  2017
Telegraaf /VROUW, M. v. Es, 23 Aug. 2017
Newspaper:  Sieraden van de wetenschap. Groenewoud, M.Stentor:  2017

Book:  Sieraden van ziekenhuismaterialen. R. Keja, UtrechtOlijfschrift:  2016
April, p.11
Magazine:  Levensreddende schoonheid. R. Keja.  2016
Utrecht, Olijfschrift: December, p.14-15.
Catalogue:  Torenkamer Festival, 70 talentvolle kunstenaars. 2015
F. de Boeck, Amsterdam, p. 30
Magazine:  Juweel van een Infuus. 2015
PS Het Parool, L. Hekman, Amsterdam, May 19
Catalogue:  LifeLines, De Vitrines AMC. E. van Kempen.  2015
Magazine:  Ode aan ziekenhuismaterialen. J. Sants.  2015
Edelmetaal: Voorburg, July-Aug, p.28, 29
Magazine:  Infuusslangen krijgen tweede leven. S. Smets.  2015
Amsterdam, July p.3
Catalogue:  Torenkamer Festival, 70 talentvolle kunstenaars. F. de Boeck.  2015
Amsterdam, June, p. 30
Newspaper:  Juweel van een Infuus. L. Hekman.  2015
PS Het Parool, Amsterdam, May 19
Magazine:  Goudsmid Eva van Kempen na tegenslag weer aan de slag. J. Sants.  2013
Voorburg, Edelmetaal: November, p. 47-49
Magazine:  Vijftig jaar dans gesmeed tot een uniek halssieraad. S. van Vugt.  2011
Dansen met de blik naar binnen, 50 jaar Internationaal Danstheater: December, Amsterdam, p. 82,83
Book:  Alchemie van de liefde. L.Thooft.  2008
Scriptum, Schiedam p.143