Unconscious #1 brooch- cable ties

Unconscious #1 brooch- cable ties


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Tomorrow sees the presentation of the TALENTE awards in Munich, prizes given for the best work in show from 96 young craft designers from 28 countries, chosen from over 500 students and graduates from leading colleges around the world.

The show highlights work in 14 different crafts, such as woodworking, textiles, metalworking, ceramics, paper and glass. A key criteria in the choice of the pieces on show is how closely the designers are concerned with both tradition and modern production processes, with an emphasis on exploring new materials, looking for sustainability and being inspired by nature.

Younghee Hong is one of many jewellers who are using natural elements, found objets and humble materials. Younghee Hong (USA/South Korea) creates pieces, such as the brooch above made from old cable ties.

Young hee Hong

Necklace: Connection 2010 Steel, enamel, ground rock
93 x 45 x 10 cm Photograph: Jim Escalante

Necklace: Connection 2010 Steel, enamel, ground rock
42 x 26 x 8 cm Photograph: Jim Escalante

Pendant: Connection 2010 Steel, enamel, ground rock
12.5 x 7 x 5 cm (L), 11.5 x 5 x 6 cm (R) Photograph: Jim Escalante

My recent work comprises sculptural units in which steel wire is used as basic material. As the basic structure is needed to construct a building, numerous layers consist of a form in my works. As I discovered another layer of personality which I had not been aware of, I began to be interested in the figures of the layer and induce them to my works. When a unit or multiple units complete a perfect structure or form, my jewelry becomes powerful and comes to life.

Human body is the perfect space to install my jewelry on. Only when my works, the body ornaments, get perfectly installed on the wearer, emotional and structural rapport starts with the wearer.  As in architecture, the site and scale of my work play an important role as well. As people imagine building an ideal house of their own, I also pursue building my house of jewelry on human body, too.

Hee jin Hwang

Brooch Morning Glory - Silk, Thread, Sterling silver, Lacquer 6x3x3 inch

Brooch Her Story - Ramie, Thread, Sterling silver, Lacquer 3.2x3.6x1.4 inch

Brooch Farewell- Cotton, Oriental ink, Thread, Sterling silver, Lacquer 3.75x3.25x1.25 inch

Necklace Transformation - Cotton, Loofah, Freshwater Pearl, Thread, Silk, Sterling silver, Lacquer 9 x 8 x 3.5 cm

My artistic imagination transforms itself from life and nature. Painterly and sculptural jewelry forms convey personal stories and memories from life. The forms rendered through collaboration between metal and fiber reflects my interest for abstracting from nature. I challenge myself to emphasize the special characteristics and beauty of materials while expanding the boundaries in creating an original identity for my jewelry art forms.

Myung Urso

Wear It! Feel It! 14 x 5.0 x 3.0 cm 2007 Wool, Cactus, Copper

Segmented Life brooch

Growth Series
Fine silver, Wool, Wood, Horse hair 42 x 14.5 x 6.5 cm 2009

Growth Series

Mushroom Series

Wood, Copper, Plastic, Sterling silver, Sand, Natural pigment 10 x 12.5 x 4.5 cm

Wood, Plastic, Copper, Sterling silver, Natural pigment 13 x 11.5 x 6 cm

Seashell from Miyazaki, Copper, Sterling Silver, Plastic, Natural Pigment, Stainless steel
8.5 x 12.5 x 6.5 cm

Natural forms, processes and movement inspire me to make jewelry.  When a natural form emerges from its environment, it follows no exact model as it becomes visible.  Forms from nature have mysterious origins which are incomprehensible to the human mind.  

We try to understand how and under which circumstances they acquire a life yet the creation of these forms remain invisible to the human eye.  My jewelry investigates the mystery of creation, capturing the moment in which the void and fragment become substance.

Eun Yeong Jeong



5.Folding necklace


Seung-Hea Lee received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1998. She was awarded the RISD Award of Excellence upon graduation. Before having her first solo exhibition at Sienna Gallery in 2002 her work was featured in group exhibitions around the world including Marzee Gallery,

The Netherlands; the Museum of Art and Design, New York; and The Hand and Mind Gallery, Seoul, Korea. She currently lives in Providence where she is a faculty at Rhode Island School of Design. Seung-Hea Lee's work has been featured in American Craft, Metalsmith Exhibition in Print and Jewelers Quarterly and included in Lark Books jewelry series.

Lidded Jars

Beakers, stoneware

Clare ConradMy work is focused on a range of functional ware where I explore traditional and contemporary aesthetics. I use porcelain and also stoneware as the main material to produce my work. The making process is a continual challenge for me, also a personal investigation into form, shape and volume.

Sun Kim

Jangpan 1,2 / 2010 / 925 Silver, Jangpan

Linear Concerto 3 / 2010 / 925 Silver, Gold Leaf, Jangpan

Roll and Bend are themes and techniques that I use on my simple formed jewellery pieces. To give vitality I use painting effect on silver with Keumboo (Korean overlay technique) and gold leaf. I want my jewellery to be a small sculpture on your body.

Myung Joo Lee

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