Saturday, October 31, 2009

a fika with a friend...

My last day in Gothenburg before I go to Finland.
Nice to sit down and take a coffee with my friend and talk about life and what’s coming up.

I absolutely love my friends and I’m so grateful over them all!

Take care and keep in touch.

Kent Karlsson...

Kent Karlssons show was a contrast to Jiro Kamata, even if the subject was a little bite dark, I really really get happy and for me this was something unexpected. Can absolutely recommend this exhibition, it’s open till 15 November.
I absolutely like the sizes of his art pieces.

At gallery Konstepidemin.

Jiro Kamata...

Today I was up at Konstepidemin, looking at Jiro Kamatas exhibition, really interesting and nice.
It was a short visit up there, I have to go back home and pack my belongings for my trip to Finland tomorrow.

Klara Brynge...

At galleri Hnoss...

Friday, October 30, 2009

coming up...

Constanze Schreiber will be the workshop keeper and inspiration artist for my days in Imatra.

Unfortunately Terhi Tolvanen has got sick, and she was the one that I sign up for.

But I look forward to work with Constanze Schreiber, always nice to work with others for some days.

The subject fits me very well;

Read My Jewellery,
Jewellery can be used as communication device.
In this workshop we will work on ways how to communicate visually by thoughts or by personal or political statements.


Here are all the participants of the 3 parallel workshops.

Imatra, Finland

Workshop by Iris Eichenberg


Nanna Melland
Jorge Manilla
Sofia Björkman
Gwen Oulman-Brennan
Kaori Juzu
Jurgita Erminaite
Dana Hakim
Anette Dam
Julia Henscheid
Veera Metso
Krista Ruohonen
Saija Koskialho
Elo Uibokand

Assistant: Tiina Rajakallio

Workshop by Constance Schreiber


Antje Stolz
Paula Lindblom
Alejandra Solar Villalva
Noémie Doge
Maaike Ebbinge
Märta Mattsson
Lisa Björke
Emma Pyykkönen
Ugne Blazyte
Alison Baxter
Sidney Deaghlan
Marika Jalkanen
Heta Hyvönen
Sara Gackowaska
Assistant: Jenni Sokura

Workshop by Ute Eitzenhöfer


Mette Klarskov
Gemma Draper
Ulrike Kampfert-Chuard
Yvonne Ruiz
Mari Keto
Egle Cejauskaite
Ashley Kratzke
Emilia Eskelinen
Hanna Aav
Salla-Mari Lukkarinen
Madoka Yasui
Marek Mrowinski
Gaston Rois
Assistant: Tarja Tuupanen

NOW it’s finally time for…

KORU3 Exhibition, Imatra art museum, 9. - 28.11.2009

KORU 3 exhibition participants were selected by Marie-José van den Hout, director of the Marzee gallery from The Netherlands, Eija Mustonen, principal lecturer, Saimaa University for Applied Sciences and Antonio Altarriba, coordinator for design of the Arts Council of Southeast Finland acting as secretary of the jury.

KORU3 exhibition organised an open call addressed to artists living and working in countries around the Baltic Sea (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Russia). The jury studied carefully over 1700 images from 145 entries projected anonymously on a screen and finally selected 46 artists for the exhibition.

Kirsten Bak, Mette Klarskov, Per Suntum, Kaori Juzu, Annette Dam.

Kaire Rannik, Ketli Tiitsar, Kristi Paap, Kristiina Laurits, Eve Margus-Villems, Maria Valdma, Berit Teeäär (photography)

Sari Liimatta, Helena Lehtinen, Maria Vuorinen, Nelli Tanner, Anna Rikkinen, Tarja Tuupanen, Maria Nuutinen.

Karin Seufert, Iris Bodemer, Susan Pietzsch, Constanze Schreiber, Ute Eitzenhöfer, Tabea Reulecke, Stefan Heuser, Karen Pontoppidan, Antje Stolz, Christine Matthias, Jutta Kallfelz, Valentina Seidel (photography)

Anna Fanigina

Ugne Blazyte, Egle Cejauskaite, Jurgita Erminaite

Ingrid Nilsen, Nanna Melland, Sigurd Bronger

Aneta Marcinkiewicz; Malgosia Kalinska

Paula Lindblom, Sofia Björkman, Mirjam Norinder, Auli Laitinen, Mona Wallström, Karin Johansson


This week we have prepare for Halloween at my work… The one at the top is a painting of a pumpkin from one of the once I work with, the other two have I done…

I’m can’t say that I’m so found of Halloween, for me it’s mostly a commercial, USA copy event.
I like that we light candles at the graves and thinking about our beloved once who has past away, but this pumpkin thing, nooooooo.

leaf with attitude...


the nature creates and I take care of it…

Leaf faces… or just ordinary leafs?!


These days I see faces in almost everything… can you see the window face?!

the axe cat protecting my IKEA home…


Kai-Li Chan, selfportrait…

Kai-Li Chan, selfportrait…

I really like this chair when I saw it. Interesting to see furniture with a soul, I think.

"The round and swollen parts of 'Selfportrait' represent the suppressed emotions, which reflect a certain tension. The holes in the skin are created by the feelings that want to come out. The real personality of the designer and her emotions want to reveal itself to the outside world.
Ka-Lai Chan is a 2009 graduate product designer from Utrecht. In her designs she uses her own experiences, emotions, fascinations and perceptions as inspiration".

Text and photo from;

Velvet da vinci... jewelry by Kay Sekimachi and Kiff Slemmons...


Velvet da vinci
Puako: Jewelry by Kay Sekimachi and Kiff Slemmons
October 28 - November 29, 2009

Opening Reception, Friday October 30, 6-8 pm

Puako: Jewelry by Kay Sekimachi + Kiff Slemmons. Work in this exhibition is inspired by the beach combings of reknowned fiber artist Kay Sekimachi and celebrated jeweler Kiff Slemmons during their stays at Puako, Hawaii. Puako Beach is located on the Big Island of Hawaii on the South Kohala coast. Kay Sekimachi has been combing the sandy beach and lava-formed tidepools in Puako Bay for twenty years. Kay is famous for her baskets and hanging sculpture and has recently started making jewelry. Kiff is known for incorporating poetic detritus of the world around her and her Puako jewelry gives her an opportunity to celebrate the beauty of humble materials. Kay and Kiff have collaborated on a few pieces although most of this work reflects their individual responses to the natural environment at Puako.

Kiff Slemmons "Thanks to Kay's invitation I began the first ten days of 2007 with a long walk on the beach at Puako on the island of Hawaii. Shifts in the array of worn coral, shells, and lava sometimes altered the context of a single fragment. The beach redesigned itself continuously--the only constant was the change. Always present was intimacy of looking down, singling out some bit of natural or unnatural detritus that then released the eye to expand across the water--the big picture and the little picture side by side conversing in steps. The synthesis of the intimate and the expansive came later in the studio."

Kay Sekimachi was born in 1926 on Cottage Row in San Francisco. Often referred to as a "weaver's weaver," she took up loom weaving in 1949 after studying at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. Her work is in permanent collections at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland; The De Young Museum, San Francisco; The Renwick Gallery of The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC;. Kay is the recipient of the Master of the Medium Award from the James Renwick Alliance in 2007, a Gold medal from the American Crafts Council in 2002, and the NEA fellowship in 1974. She is still working at age 83 and living in Berkeley.

Kiff Slemmons was born in Maxton, North Carolina in 1944. Raised in Iowa, she studied art and French at the University of Iowa and a year abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris. She received her BA in 1968. Kiff is a self-taught metalsmith who has been exhibiting for more than 30 years. The daughter of a newspaper publisher and editor, language and the written word have important roles in her work. In 2007 she completed the project Re:Pair and Imperfection, in which she transformed unfinished, unwanted, or otherwise discarded works from selected artists, a traveling exhibition which originated at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2006. More recently she has worked in Oaxaca, Mexico with local artisans to produce paper jewelry. In November 2007 she was interviewed for the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art. Her work can be found in permanent collections around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Mint Museum, North Carolina; Contemporary Museum, Hawaii; and the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington. Kiff Slemmons currently lives and works in Chicago.

At the top; Kiff Slemmons "Corallary 4" Brooch

"Coral Creatures" Sculptures
Artist: Kay Sekimachi