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Published: 05.10.2021

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3 new pieces made of reindeer skin are featured on the profile.
Karin Roy Andersson Karin Roy Andersson

Statement

The urge to repeat movements over and over again methodically and resolutely is something that is significant for both my personality and my work - multiplicity and recurrence attracts me. The variations between the details become important creating patterns and rhythms. My aim is to make jewellery where dynamic patterns form harmony and balance.
Like many others, I find a lot of inspiration in nature: fish, birds, plants, and landscapes. The shapes and patterns keep on appearing in my pieces but in a non-figurative way that gives space for my own interpretations.
 
For a long time, I have been working with plastics collected from garbage containers and ditch-banks. I keep my eyes open when I go to the hairdresser; I search in my friends’ bathrooms and fridges – you have to be observant if you are going to find that perfect jewellery material. The plastics still have traces from the consumer society, but in the finished pieces, the industrial image has gained a more organic impression. From the plastics, I make scales that I sew together by hand. The pieces turn more into fish, birds and other “scale covered” animals. In more recent pieces the scales are more irregular. Different colours give different associations and it’s often when I sew the pieces together and the material grows that it starts reminding me of something and that it gets a title and a background story. 
 
Two years ago I discovered a new material. It is also in one way a waste material that is not always taken care of - reindeer skin. I use the skin in a similar way as the plastic; I cut pieces and sew them together into larger shapes. The long tradition of leatherwork and the living material creates a feeling of connection with the root system of my family tree, to my heritage, and the knowledge that I hope to pass on from my ancestor to the future.  
 
To me jewellery is communication. The life of a piece starts with an idea or when experimenting with material. When the finished piece meets an audience another process starts. My experiences are mixed with the thoughts and associations of others and the object develops. The intimate connection to a wearer and a body makes the relation to the recipient very special.
 
Since 2010 I run a gallery in Göteborg - Four. Four shows exhibitions with artists from all over the world and it is a platform for discussions about art, jewellery, work, and inspiration. The aim is to communicate jewellery art to a broad audience. The gallery presents some of the highlights from the jewellery scene, showing both international and Swedish, well established and emerging artists. The ambition is to provide a diverse program interesting both for jewellery enthusiasts and visitors who are new to this art genre.

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2022:
Fair  09 Mar 2022 - 13 Mar 2022  Schmuck 2022.
2021:
Exhibition  08 Oct 2021 - 05 Nov 2021  Microcosm's elegant structures by Junmin Bae.
Exhibition  11 Sep 2021 - 30 Oct 2021  Exhibition by Karin Roy Andersson and Ruudt Peters.
Exhibition  02 Sep 2021 - 02 Oct 2021  Jewellery by Daniel Kruger.
Exhibition  02 Jun 2021 - 26 Sep 2021  Iigo lea / Eller hur by Karin Roy Andersson and Monica Blind Påve.
Exhibition  23 Apr 2021 - 22 May 2021  Benedikt Fischer at Four Gallery.
Exhibition  19 Mar 2021 - 17 Apr 2021  Volker Atrops at Four Gallery.
Fair  10 Mar 2021 - 14 Mar 2021  CANCELED / Schmuck 2021.
Exhibition  04 Feb 2021 - 06 Mar 2021  Dad Lennart and I by Tove Knuts.
2020:
Exhibition  04 Dec 2020 - 23 Dec 2020  Zoom Jewellery Exhibition.
Exhibition  27 Nov 2020 - 24 Dec 2020  Alluring.
Exhibition  20 Nov 2020 - 19 Dec 2020  Sanna Wallgren at Four.
Exhibition  16 Oct 2020 - 14 Nov 2020  Subtlety by Michihiro Sato.
Exhibition  16 Oct 2020 - 14 Nov 2020  Souvenirs from Paris.
Exhibition  09 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020  Ocean 2050.
Exhibition  04 Sep 2020 - 03 Oct 2020  Wild Galloping Marionettes by Koen Jacobs.
Exhibition  08 May 2020 - 06 Jun 2020  Framed Textile Memories by Rodrigo Acosta.
Exhibition  30 Apr 2020 -   One World: 40 Artists Respond To Covid-19.
Exhibition  10 Mar 2020 - 17 Mar 2020  Galerie Spektrum at Gallery Klaus Lea.
Meeting  07 Mar 2020 - 07 Mar 2020  Angry Koalas. Printing Action with Helen Britton.
Exhibition  07 Feb 2020 - 07 Mar 2020  The Quality of Material by Manami Aoki.
2019:
Exhibition  14 Dec 2019 - 31 Jan 2020  Winter's Tales.
Exhibition  01 Dec 2019 - 31 Dec 2019  Christmas Exhibition 2019.
Exhibition  15 Nov 2019 - 21 Dec 2019  Jahresend.
Exhibition  08 Nov 2019 - 07 Dec 2019  Näver by Emma Dahlqvist, Catarina Hällzon and Sofia Björkman.
Exhibition  09 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019  Variants by Xiaodai Huang.
Exhibition  03 Oct 2019 - 26 Oct 2019  Scissors and Cuts by Hanna Liljenberg and Karin Roy Andersson.
Exhibition  05 Sep 2019 - 28 Sep 2019  CAKE by Matt Lambert and Edward Cabral.
Exhibition  14 Jun 2019 - 31 Jul 2019  3K.
Exhibition  26 Apr 2019 - 25 May 2019  A vibrant collage of materials, colours and symbols by Coco Sung.
Exhibition  22 Mar 2019 - 18 Apr 2019  Craquelure by Sara Gackowska.
Exhibition  13 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2019  Galerie Spektrum at Frame 2019.
Exhibition  13 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2019  BKV at Frame.
IHM Internationale Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany.
Exhibition  08 Feb 2019 - 09 Mar 2019  Editor's cut by Shachar Cohen.
Fair  06 Feb 2019 - 10 Feb 2019  Zona Maco.
Trece sin 3, Mexico City, Mexico.
2018:
Exhibition  09 Nov 2018 - 08 Dec 2018  It is What You See by Agnieszka Knap.
Exhibition  20 Oct 2018 - 27 Oct 2018  Apple of My Eye.
Exhibition  10 Oct 2018 - 03 Nov 2018  Never Ending Story by Tamara Grüner.
Award  25 Aug 2018 - 07 Oct 2018  Cominelli Foundation Award 2018.
Exhibition  15 Aug 2018 - 15 Sep 2018  Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition 2018.
Award  14 Aug 2018 - 15 Sep 2018  Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery 2018.
Exhibition  08 Jun 2018 - 07 Jul 2018  2<>4<>4 by Marianne Schliwinski and Jürgen Eickhoff.
Exhibition  23 May 2018 - 07 Jun 2018  The enchanted moment.
Exhibition  21 May 2018 - 05 Jun 2018  The After Joya Effect V.
Exhibition  09 May 2018 - 02 Jun 2018  Christian Hoedl at Four.
Meeting  26 Apr 2018 - 29 Apr 2018  Melting Point 2018.
Exhibition  26 Apr 2018 - 07 May 2018  Platina for Pleasure at Melting Point 2018.
Exhibition  08 Apr 2018 - 11 May 2018  Relics Of Nature.
Exhibition  24 Mar 2018 - 17 Jun 2018  Give it time.
Exhibition  17 Mar 2018 - 28 Mar 2018  AJF, Art Jewelery Forum 2018 Artist Award.
Exhibition  16 Mar 2018 - 14 Apr 2018  Coloured by the aesthetics of science by Åsa Christensson.
Award giving  10 Mar 2018 - 10 Mar 2018  BKV Prize 2018 Winners.
Exhibition  07 Mar 2018 - 13 Mar 2018  Gallery Spektrum at Frame 2018.
Exhibition  07 Mar 2018 - 13 Mar 2018  Galerie Platina at Frame 2018.
Exhibition  07 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018  Heroes.
Exhibition  17 Feb 2018 - 18 May 2018  The European Triennial for Contemporary Jewellery 2017 in Sweden.
Exhibition  02 Feb 2018 - 03 Mar 2018  The Witness by Steven Gordon Holman.
2017:
Exhibition  10 Dec 2017 - 15 Feb 2018  Finest Selection X.
Exhibition  17 Nov 2017 - 16 Dec 2017  Not My Hands by Ammeli Engström.
Exhibition  28 Oct 2017 - 04 Feb 2018  The European Triennial for Contemporary Jewellery 2017.
Exhibition  13 Oct 2017 - 04 Nov 2017  Crux by Tanel Veenre.
Award  06 Oct 2017 - 06 Oct 2017  Enjoia't Awards 2017.
Exhibition  05 Oct 2017 - 07 Oct 2017  Winners of various International Awards exhibiting at Joya 2017.
Exhibition  04 Oct 2017 - 20 Oct 2017  SMACK.
Exhibition  05 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017  Bedtime Stories by Mia Maljojoki.
Exhibition  02 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017  Impact by Hanna Liljenberg, Linnéa Eriksson & Karin Roy Andersson.
Open call  11 Jul 2017 - 23 Jul 2017  Open Call: Enjoia't Awards 2017.
Exhibition  31 May 2017 - 05 Jun 2017  Galerie Beyond at KunstRAI Art Amsterdam 2017.
Exhibition  25 May 2017 - 27 May 2017  In Hot Water.
Exhibition  12 Apr 2017 - 06 May 2017  Fragments.
Exhibition  17 Mar 2017 - 08 Apr 2017  Oh Boy by Benjamin Lignel.
Exhibition  03 Feb 2017 - 04 Mar 2017  Flóra Vági at Four.
Exhibition  29 Jan 2017 - 12 Mar 2017  Belgian & Swedes.
2016:
Meeting  19 Oct 2016 - 19 Oct 2016  Gallery Four granted with the 2016 Dynamo Scholarship.
Lectures  29 Sep 2016 - 01 Oct 2016  Lectures at JOYA 2016.
Exhibition  02 Sep 2016 - 01 Oct 2016  Swedes and Belgian Blues.
Exhibition  25 Aug 2016 - 29 Aug 2016  Everyone and Everywhere is an Island.
Exhibition  13 May 2016 - 11 Jun 2016  True Lies by Federica Sala.
Exhibition  08 Apr 2016 - 07 May 2016  The Good Old Boys by Kevin Hughes.
Exhibition  12 Mar 2016 - 20 Mar 2016  21st century jewels at Hallwylska Palatset.
Exhibition  12 Mar 2016 - 03 Apr 2016  Art Jewellery at Svenskt Tenn.
2015:
Exhibition  03 Dec 2015 - 23 Jan 2016  Fifteen Years of Jewelry.
Exhibition  09 Nov 2015 - 27 Nov 2015  Junk: rubbish to gold.
2014:
Exhibition  13 Dec 2014 - 17 Dec 2014  The Parallel Worlds.
Exhibition  09 Oct 2014 - 12 Oct 2014  Shanghai Design Week: Metalsmithing & Jewelry Art Exhibition.
Exhibition  07 Oct 2014 - 29 Oct 2014  Distant Relations: Jewelry between East and West.
Exhibition  30 Aug 2014 - 05 Oct 2014  Cominelli Foundation Award for Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition.
Award  30 Aug 2014 - 05 Oct 2014  Cominelli Foundation Award 2014.
Exhibition  10 May 2014 - 09 Nov 2014  New Adventures in Jewellery.
2013:
Exhibition  04 Nov 2013 - 15 Nov 2013  Pushing Boundaries & Chasing Challenges.
Exhibition  03 Aug 2013 - 26 Aug 2013  Four: Shadows.
Open call  26 Jun 2013 - 30 Jun 2013  Open Call: Play for Display.
Open call  26 Jun 2013 - 01 Sep 2013  Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial 2013.
Meeting  30 May 2013 - 02 Jun 2013  Zimmerhof 2013 Jewellery Symposium: Mind Your Language.
Award  16 May 2013 - 16 Dec 2013  Preziosa Young Design Competition 2013.
Exhibition  30 Apr 2013 - 06 Jun 2013  Preziosa Young 2013 at Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER.
Exhibition  25 Apr 2013 - 22 Jun 2013  Karin Roy Andersson: Catching Big Fish.
Exhibition  07 Mar 2013 - 11 Mar 2013  Suspend.ed in Pink.
Exhibition  07 Mar 2013 - 10 Mar 2013  ignoble.
Fair  06 Mar 2013 - 12 Mar 2013  Schmuck 2013.
Exhibition  07 Jan 2013 - 28 Jan 2013  Suspend.ed in Pink.
2012:
Exhibition  08 Dec 2012 - 09 Dec 2012  Corpus Container + Christmas Jewellery Fair.
Exhibition  02 Oct 2012 - 09 Dec 2012  ALLA.
Exhibition  05 Jun 2012 - 07 Jul 2012  Just Rings #1.
Exhibition  01 Jun 2012 - 03 Jun 2012  A Matter of Act - Sustainability in Contemporary Jewellery.
Exhibition  06 May 2012 - 30 Sep 2012  We Make Our Own in Sliperiet's Collection 2012.
Exhibition  15 Mar 2012 - 18 Mar 2012  In the Forest.
Exhibition  14 Mar 2012 - 20 Mar 2012  Suspended.
Fair  14 Mar 2012 - 20 Mar 2012  Schmuck 2012.
Exhibition  14 Jan 2012 - 14 Feb 2012  Four at Sintra.
2011:
Exhibition  27 Oct 2011 - 30 Oct 2011  A Pieceful Swedish Smörgåsbord, episode II.
Exhibition  03 Sep 2011 - 18 Sep 2011  Four: One of a Kind.
Exhibition  02 Jul 2011 - 03 Jul 2011  Four Escapes.
Exhibition  12 May 2011 - 21 May 2011  Sensibelt.
Exhibition  17 Mar 2011 - 20 Mar 2011  A Pieceful Swedish Smörgåsbord.
2010:
Award  12 Sep 2010 - 03 Oct 2010  Cominelli Foundation Award 2010.
Exhibition  04 Sep 2010 - 05 Sep 2010  Four Opening.
Exhibition  03 Mar 2010 - 09 Mar 2010  Sanna and Karin: Memories from Schmuck 2010.
Exhibition  12 Feb 2010 - 02 Mar 2010  4 jewellery artists from Sweden.
2009:
Exhibition  05 Dec 2009 - 16 Jan 2010  For Long And Faithful Duty - 10 Years Of Beauty.

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Book:  New Bracelets: 400+ Contemporary Jewelry Designs. Estrada, NicolasPromopress:  Barcelona,  2021
Book:  New Brooches: 400+ Contemporary Jewellery Designs. Estrada, NicolasPromopress:  Barcelona,  2018
Book:  Art Jewellery Today Europe. Schiffer Publishing:  Atglen,  2014
Book:  Suspended In Pink. Laura Bradshaw- Heap:  Dublin,  2013
Book:  Noovo Paper Editions vol 5. The Pepin Press:  Amsterdam,  2013
Book:  Jewelbook. International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art 12/13. Van Damme, JaakStichting Kunstboek:  Oostkamp,  2012
Book:  Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry. Photographs of Beautiful Contemporary Beadwork (500 Series). Hemachandra, RayLark Books:  Asheville,  2012
Book:  Humor in Craft. Martin, BrigitteSchiffer Publishing, Ltd:  Pennsylvania,  2012
Book:  Contemporary Jewellery Year Book 2011. Grupo Duplex:  Barcelona, 
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