Today a good friend litterally dragged me to a lecture about Swedish jewellery design. The lecture was in conjunction with a show at Gallery Loupe in Montclair, NJ. Three of the artists were at the lecture as well which was held at 92nd Street Y. The show at Gallery Loupe was curated by Tracy Steepy, whom also held the lecture this evening.
All of this to say that, the work we were shown was great, not so great, beautiful, not so beautiful. A mix of a lot of different thoughts went through my mind when i saw the work. But all in all enjoyed it very much to see and hear a lot about each piece and the thoughts behind the pieces. Even if the way they were made or the final choices might not have been mine, the thoughts that people had, the themes were all very compelling.
At the end of the lecture there was a Q & A with 3 of the designers. Auli Laitinen, Helena Lindholm and Pia Aleborg. Pia Aleborg’s work was the most compelling to me, however Helena’s aethetic, use of colour and materials made me very happy and Auli’s sense of creating conversation pieces as well as great craftmanship was also great, Pia’s work seemed like something I would remember and research a bit. Another thing that I very much enjoyed is the way she cuts to the chase, and it is something that is missed in American culture in my opinion. This is why I do miss Holland often. When the designers were asked what they felt was the difference between the US and Sweden or differences they had noticed. Auli mentioned that Americans had mostly spoken to her about technique and materials rather than content of the work. She didn’t know why. However Pia thought it might be since Americans wanted to keep a conversation going and Swedes wouldn’t. A very nice observation.
After going to Pia’s site I found many beautiful pieces, one of the collections Take Your Seat! is absolutely phenomenal. Also her A P A R T F O R M collection is wonderful. The way she uses colour and organises her thoughts through the set, costume and props as well as her pieces is nice to see.