Johanna Törnqvist

Published: 24.11.2023
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Johanna Törnqvist graduated from Studio Bercot in Paris in 1990 and is also educated in New York, Japan and Sockholm and has been working with fashion, textile handicraft and ceramics, as well as education.


With one foot rooted in craft and folk art and the other firmly in the criticism of consumption, Johanna Törnqvist assembles traditional and contemporary expressions, but also raises questions about how we value today´s materials. In the borderland between art, craft and fashion, she flirts with the traditions and finds in her work the specks of gold in the trash and superfluous materials. With her craft skills, she transforms trash into something refined and beautiful which does not leave the viewer unaffected.

In her latest project, Project Precious Trash, she takes a step that enables her to take part in the contemporary debate about what we consume and how we look 
upon our assets. Even though crafts have traditionally been based on an original material: wool, clay and wood, there is something else today that our contemporaries have an inexhaustible supply of -  trash. In an incisive way, she creates a provocative contrast between the transience of the trash and the durability of the craft.
/ Text by Frida Arnqvist Engström

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Exhibition  15 Jun 2023 - 27 Aug 2023  XXL International exhibition of jewellery and adornments.
Workshop  10 Jun 2023 - 11 Jun 2023  Recycling. A workshop by Johanna Törnqvist.
Exhibition  17 Feb 2018 - 18 May 2018  The European Triennial for Contemporary Jewellery 2017 in Sweden.
Exhibition  28 Oct 2017 - 04 Feb 2018  The European Triennial for Contemporary Jewellery 2017.
Exhibition  28 May 2016 - 23 Oct 2016  Project Precious Trash by Johanna Törnqvist.
Exhibition  04 Sep 2014 - 16 Oct 2014  Wear It Loud.
Exhibition  03 May 2014 - 21 May 2014  Smycka Halsen.
Exhibition  17 Oct 2012 - 17 Nov 2012  Nadelwerke.
Exhibition  06 May 2012 - 02 May 2012  Swedish Handicraft.
Exhibition  22 Jun 2011 - 14 Aug 2011  Signed.
Exhibition  24 Apr 2010 - 29 May 2010  Mr Peter and Paradise.

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Book:  New Bracelets: 400+ Contemporary Jewelry Designs. Estrada, NicolasPromopress:  Barcelona,  2021
Catalogue:  European Triennial for for Contemporary Jewellery. 2017
Book:  New Necklaces: 400+ Contemporary Designs. Nicolas EstradaPromopress:  United Kingdom,  2016
Book:  Jewel Book - International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art. Stichting Kunstboek:  2012