Margo Nelissen is a contemporary jewelry designer currently based in the Netherlands. Patterns and structures play an important role throughout her collections, first by the use of textile techniques, now by surface treatments. During Margo’s three-year stay in the Caribbean, tropical (underwater) nature provided her with a treasury of new inspiration.
StatementAbout her Series Hidden
What interests me most is how we interact and how we show or hide our motivations, secrets, and scars. We wear masks to protect ourselves and not feel vulnerable. With our shields up and self-promoting masks, we appear in a full battle state, preventing ourselves to deeply connect. When we open up our hearts, we feel exposed. But it also makes us feel strong. We shine and attract attention.
The collection Hidden presents pieces of jewelry with a clear inside and outside. The outside is like a protective shield, like a spiny fruit that doesn’t give away easily the treasured inside. The wearer chooses how to wear the pieces and thus communicates his state of mind to the world.
On Margo Nelissen work
During her career Margo Nelissen has designed several collections. The first jewels from the 1980s are the result of studying and applying ancient textile techniques in metal wire. These applications prove to be inexhaustible. Margo constructs golden earrings from minuscule weaving and knitting work to robust yet airy iron and copper necklaces. The inspiration for the designs arises from her admiration of African ways of adornment and the symbolic meanings jewelry can have. Also historic motives are a great source of inspiration for her.
Over the years Margo experimented with new techniques to allow for her new forms of expression. She has created cast collections, collections consisting of natural material and for example a collection in which glass splinters are used. Since her stay in the Caribbean from 2010 to 2013, her interest shifted to nature. Her amazement about the Caribbean underwater world and tropical plants and seeds led to a whole new visual language in her jewelry.
A new environment has had a great impact on the art of Margo Nelissen. She moved from The Netherlands to another part of the world, the Caribbean. This three year stay in the tropics let to different collections; Secret Garden inspired by her tropical garden and the abundant rainforest of South America, Coral Flowering inspired by patterns and shapes of coral and Curaçao Memoriesinspired by the island itself, its rough nature in contrast to its sparkling culture.
Characteristic for all her work is the refinement and detail, even in robust big pieces.
Exhibition 30 Nov 2020 - 06 Jan 2021 Special Christmas sale at Joya Barcelona.
Exhibition 19 Sep 2020 - 29 Nov 2020 Selected Artists and Award Winners at JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2020.
Exhibition 19 Sep 2020 - 29 Nov 2020 JEWELS ON SALE at JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2020.
Fair 19 Sep 2020 - 29 Nov 2020 JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects Fair 2020.
Exhibition 11 Jul 2020 - 05 Sep 2020 20th Anniversary of Cecile van Eeden Jewellery.
Exhibition 20 Sep 2019 - 23 Oct 2019 The Strength of Textile, Jewelry in Madrid.
Exhibition 29 Jun 2019 - 31 Aug 2019 The Strength of Textile, Jewelry in Porto.
Exhibition 04 May 2019 - 01 Jun 2019 The Strength of Textile, Jewelry in Neuchâtel.
Exhibition 08 Mar 2019 - 12 Apr 2019 The Strength of Textile, Jewelry.
Exhibition 19 May 2018 - 03 Jun 2018 Hidden by Joyce Willemse and Margo Nelissen.
Exhibition 12 Nov 2017 - 06 Jan 2018 Binnenste buiten.
Cecile van Eeden, Eindhoven.
Cecile van Eeden, Eindhoven.
Exhibition 17 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017 Make a Statement with a Brooch.
Exhibition 15 Jul 2017 - 04 Nov 2017 Contrasts by U & I, Margo Nelissen, Marianne de Jong & Mieke Corvers.
Exhibition 15 Feb 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 Impressions 2017. The Permanent.
Exhibition 22 Apr 2016 - 27 May 2016 Más que Zuecos y Tulipanes.
Exhibition 18 Feb 2016 - 19 Mar 2016 Més que esclops i tulipes.
Exhibition 09 Jan 2016 - 24 Jan 2016 VER plaats. A tale of two countries by Margo Nelissen and Gera Woltjer.
Exhibition 12 Dec 2015 - 30 Jan 2016 A Dark Spark of Light.
Adriana RadulescuWashington, D.C., United States
Liana PattihisLondon, United Kingdom
Yukiko KakimotoKyoto, Japan
Julia deVilleMelbourne, Australia
Kim NogueiraSaint John, United States
Karin van PaassenHook of Holland, Netherlands
Lorena LazardMexico City, Mexico
Sílvia Serra AlbaladejoBarcelona, Spain
Fumiko GotôBasel, Switzerland
Maria KiialainenBerlin, Germany
Lydia HirteDresden, Germany
Jieyi SunLoughborough, United Kingdom
Helen Clara HemsleyCopenhagen, Denmark
Letizia MaggioFontanafredda, Italy
Vania RuizViña del Mar, Chile