Wiebke Pandikow is a German jewellery artist living and working in Helsinki, Finland. She completed vocational training as an artisan for goldsmithing before getting a BA in jewellery design from the Institute of Design in Lahti, Finland. She also spent 10 months of exchange at Toyama University, Takaoka campus in Japan, working with traditional Japanese lacquer. Her work is based in the traditions of craftsmanship but focused on unusual materials to invent these traditions anew.
StatementSince 2014 I have been working with plastic bags, developing a technique to turn used plastic bags into jewelry art. The time-consuming process involves a clothes iron and a soldering iron and happens by hand from start to finish, is very much grounded in the diligence and patience of traditional craftwork.
Without the ubiquitous plastic, our civilization could hardly have become what it is today, but at the same time, it is a burden on the environment with far-reaching consequences. Especially plastic bags are an obvious symbol of mindless consumerism and a throw-away society. This makes them so interesting for me to work with. I strive to transform this waste material into something beautiful. To draw attention to something visually and tactilely pleasing in order to then reveal the material and the ecological weight attached to it, all the while questioning what makes something precious.
I propose that this material is, in fact, precious. It is its potential to be so very harmful as a waste that makes it so. Also, there are many applications where simply no other material than plastic will do. In my own work, the malleability of plastics and their durability is a boon.
With the diligence and time it takes to craft this 'waste' into jewelry art I want to draw attention to the material in general, its positive and negative aspects, and question how it is so often thoughtlessly misused.
Exhibition 01 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021 Plastic Nature by Wiebke Pandikow.
Exhibition 03 Jun 2021 - 06 Jun 2021 Works by 18 Finnish Jewellery Artists and Designers on display at Design Shanghai.
Exhibition 13 Feb 2021 - 28 Mar 2021 Zoom In. Contemporary Finnish Art Jewelry Exhibition.
Exhibition 07 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020 Contemporary Jewelry Brazil - Finland. Polarities.
Exhibition 30 Sep 2020 - 15 Dec 2020 METALLOphone: Museum.
Exhibition 22 Sep 2020 - 07 Oct 2020 Selected Artists at Growth & Evolution International Jewellery Exhibition 2020.
Exhibition 27 Aug 2020 - 19 Sep 2020 By the Sea by Wiebke Pandikow.
Open call 17 Jan 2020 - 15 Mar 2020 Open Call for Land Jewelry 2020 Artist residency.
Exhibition 01 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 Precious Plastic: Jewelry Art from Plastic Bags by Wiebke Pandikow.
Exhibition 08 Oct 2019 - 11 Oct 2019 Lié.e.s in Barcelona.
Exhibition 09 Aug 2019 - 28 Sep 2019 Four Seasons, Emotional Jewelry.
Exhibition 05 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019 Lié.e.s.
Exhibition 14 Mar 2019 - 16 Mar 2019 Hatara Project. Time Perceptions 5.
Exhibition 09 Feb 2019 - 16 Jun 2019 Northern light. Jewellery from Finland.
Exhibition 09 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019 The European Prize for Applied Arts 2018. Monumentality - Fragility in Kilkenny.
Exhibition 21 Oct 2018 - 20 Jan 2019 The European Prize for Applied Arts 2018. Monumentality - Fragility.
Meeting 19 Oct 2018 - 06 Jan 2019 TRIPLE PARADE Biennale for Contemporary Jewellery. 4th Edition.
Exhibition 20 Sep 2018 - 23 Sep 2018 Selected Artists at Art Jewelry Night Budapest Competition 2018.
Exhibition 02 Aug 2018 - 01 Sep 2018 KORU+itä. Members of the Finnish Jewellery Art Association.
Exhibition 16 Jun 2018 - 15 Sep 2018 NOD: On Full Volume in Lille.
Exhibition 26 Apr 2018 - 28 Apr 2018 Chaos in Valencia.
Exhibition 07 Mar 2018 - 10 Mar 2018 Hatara Project. Time Perception Vol.4.
Exhibition 07 Mar 2018 - 10 Mar 2018 Chaos in Munich.
Exhibition 16 Dec 2017 - 24 Feb 2018 Chaos in Lille.
Exhibition 28 Oct 2017 - 31 Jan 2018 Pastel.
Exhibition 27 Oct 2017 - 31 Jan 2018 Cbijoux.
Fair 05 Oct 2017 - 07 Oct 2017 JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2017.
Exhibition 08 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017 Not Only Decoration.
Exhibition 08 Mar 2017 - 11 Mar 2017 Hatara Project. Time Perception Vol.3.
Exhibition 10 Dec 2016 - 21 Jan 2016 Lost Paradise.
Exhibition 24 Feb 2016 - 27 Feb 2016 Hatara Project. Time Perception VOL.2.
Exhibition 29 Jan 2016 - 01 Feb 2016 Artistar Jewels.
Book: Growth & Evolution International Jewellery Exhibition. Sun, Herman. China Modern Publishing House Limited: Hong Kong, 2020
Catalogue: JOYA 2017. Le Departement: Barcelona: 2017
Catalogue: Artistar Jewels 2016. Artistar: Milan: 2016
book: Who's Who in Visual Art, 74 Artisans, Craftspeople & Designers. Art Domain Whois Publisher: Quedlinburg, 2016
Magazine: Hedelmäpussin toinen elämä. Anna-Kaisa Huusko. TAITO handicraft magazine: Helsinki, 2015
6/2015 – 1/2016, Page 50-53.
6/2015 – 1/2016, Page 50-53.
Magazine: An Exchange Student's Research on Urushi. digital publication: 2012
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Yajing YaoSavannah, United States
Martin GrosmanJablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic
Anna WatsonBrighton, United Kingdom
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Felicia LiBeijing, China
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Linda van NiekerkTasmania, Australia
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