The Odyssey of Diagonal – lecture at Joya Barcelona

We were invited to JOYA 2016 to give a lecture during the conference. Our talk was titled ‘The Odyssey of Diagonal – an adventure in the world of jewellery art’ and it was a story about love and war, great victories and heavy defeat. More or less an uncensored talk about using collaboration and megalomania as a driving force in artistic work.
So much fun to get the opportunity and a great audience!


Foto: Jelizaveveta Suska

Foto: Jelizaveveta Suska

Art Jewelry Forum – Best of Munich Jewellery Week 2016


We had the honour of curating this year’s best of series for Art Jewelry Forum

Check out the first 10 best of – 10 best presentations at MJW 2016


We are getting ready for a COMING EXHIBITION at Hallwylska Museet, Stockholm. 11 – 20th March 2016
with opening on Friday March 11th, 16-19.00

Participating artists: Kerstin Öhlin Lejonklou, Sofia Björkman, Karin Johansson, Åsa Christensson, Karin Roy Andersson, Sanna Svedestedt Carboo

This exhibition is part of Stockholm Art Jewellery Spring 2016, where the Nationalmuseum Stockholm is organizing the main event: Open Space, Mind Maps. Positions in Contemporary Jewellery.

Hope to see you there!


Wilhelmina von Hallwyl was one of Sweden’s great collectors at the turn of the last century. Her lasting memorial is the Hallwyl Museum in Stockholm where the extensive and varied Hallwyl Collection is preserved and displayed in its original and opulent setting.

The foreseeing Wilhelmina made sure that everything, down to the smallest details of the collection, was documented in an ambitious catalogue. This process also included detailed descriptions of all household items, jewellery and clothing, turning the family’s life into a time capsule. In 1920 Walther and Wilhelmina von Hallwyl donated their Stockholm mansion with its contents to the Swedish State. Behind the facade of No 4 Hamngatan the wondrously preserved series of rooms as originally furnished by Wilhelmina von Hallwyl affords a unique testimonial of the lifestyle and décor of the late Victorian period in Sweden.

Imagine if Wilhelmina von Hallwyl had been alive today, and able to develop her collection and interest in art. What would the collection look like in 2016, influenced by the flourishing art jewellery scene? A determined and foresighted woman like Wilhelmina, with an eye for craft and quality, would surely have amassed a magnificent collection of art jewellery. In this exhibition, six contemporary art jewellers take over the Hallwyl Museum.

Hallwylska_mar16_3Kerstin Öhlin Lejonklou, brooch: Untitled. Silver, gold, diamonds
Photo by Diagonal Art Projects

Hallwylska_mar16_6Åsa Christensson,  neckpiece: Levitation. Silver, brass, iron, masur birch
Photo by Diagonal Art Projects

Hallwylska_mar16_5Karin Johansson, brooch: Island. Silver, gold
Photo by Diagonal Art Projects



Karin Roy Andersson, necklace: The Fishnet.  Silver, aluminium, titanium, steel
Photo by Diagonal Art Projects




Sanna Svedestedt, brooch: Caméo. Naturally tanned cow leather, naturally tanned reindeer leather, paint
Photo by Diagonal Art Projects



Sofia Björkman, brooch: What has the bird done. PLA, silver, paint
Photo by Diagonal Art Projects


Nobel Jewellery Prize 2015

From a tradition started by your’s truly in 2010, it is now time to present the winners of the Nobel Jewellery Prize 2015.

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 was awarded to Svetlana Aleksijevitj. By collecting and capturing self experienced stories from people around her she paints a vibrant, honest picture of life as it is.

The 2015 Nobel Jewellery Prize in Literature goes to Lisa Walker. This artist assembles objects and pieces from the environment around her. She has a unique eye for details and her work reflects the ambiance of both past and present times.



Brooch by Lisa Walker, 2003, glue, gold (24ct) courtesy of The Young, Wellington, New Zealand
Private collection

Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar got the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Their research has revealed how damaged DNA is repaired and how genetic information is protected. This knowledge can for example be used when developing new cancer treatments.

Alexander Blank is well known for his bold and challenging artistic expression. In the “Jimmy“ series Blank has used portraits of famous or “quasi-important” people. Parts of the faces have been erased, cutting off some of the information and some of the person’s trademark. Alexander Blank investigates how information is lost and how new information is found again. He has learned to master the skill to capture materials and information and transforming it into pieces that leaves no viewer indifferent to his work. For this achievement we are awarding Alexander Blank the 2015 Nobel Jewellery Prize in Chemistry.

A_Blank_brooch_2013_Jimmy_28Jimmy brooch by Alexander Blank, 2013, high density foam, graphite, silver, paint. Photo: Mirei Takeuchi


2015’s Nobel Prize in Medicine was given to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura for creating a new therapy for malaria and other infections caused by parasites. They have discovered and refined medicines that treat diseases causing suffering and death.

Satoshi Ōmura has developed traditional Chinese medicine with modern knowledge making a cure for one of the largest epidemics of our time. We are giving the Nobel Jewellery Prize in Medicine 2015 to Estonian artist Nils Hint.

Nils Hint conjoins traditional jewellery with the raw, heavy aesthetics of a blacksmith. Hint’s jewellery pieces reveal an unexpected inner nature of the smithery and shows it’s naked beauty. Hint has developed contemporary artwork where the silhouettes speak of industrial history and at the same time indicates an interesting and beautiful future.


Nils worksShadow, brooches by Nils Hint, 2014, forged iron. Photo: Nils Hint


Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald have proved that neutrinos have the ability to change identity. Thousands of billions of neutrinos run through our bodies every second. They used to be considered to be without mass but the winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 have made it clear that they do. This discovery changes our notions about the universe, it’s history and future.

The Nobel Jewellery Prize in Physics 2015 goes to David Bielander. This artist transforms the core of the material, induce a new quality that totally changes the identity of the material as well as our comprehension of weight, value and substantial structures.



Cardboard, bracelet by David Bielander, 2015, silver patinated, white gold. Photo: Dirk Eisel


The Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2015 was this year awarded to Angus Deaton. By looking at consumption at an individual level he has mapped out economic patterns. His research gives answers on how to deal with poverty and to stimulate welfare.

One of the big problems of today is mass-consumption and production of unnecessary products. Art jewellery often contains more time, thought and craft than exploitation of natural resources. In the Contemporary Jewelry Exchange project jewellery artists are paired up and asked to create an individual piece of jewellery especially for each other.

By making pieces of jewellery especially for a selected person, the Contemporary Jewelry Exchange project and the publication visualizes the effect of creating custom made pieces. The Nobel Jewellery Prize in Economics goes to an initiative that creates custom-made solutions minimizing waste, turning time and thought into objects and makes for sustainable development.

To the left: My Iron Lung. Pendant by Dauvit Alexande, corroded iron box-girder, silver, polycarbonate reflector material from a crashed car, nickel-silver rods, copper, 9 ct gold, included quartz, tourmaline, amethyst, peridot, emeralds, rare-earth magnet from discarded electric toothbrush, moulded glass doll, brass letter types. Photo: Simon Murphy (portrait) and Andrew Nielsson (pendant)

To the right: Saint Dauvit: Fragments from the Alter. Pendant by Jan Donaldson, sterling silver, brass, guitar string, hand-made paper, resin, 23ct gold leaf, “found” brass pins and bell.

The Jasmine Revolution enabled the build-up of democracy in Tunisia in 2011. The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was a strong and important actor in the revolution and in the time of political turbulence that followed. 2015’s Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to a group that has created a democratic society that stands up for human rights, equality and freedom of speech.

Art Jewelry Forum is stepping up the game of global awareness of art jewellery by appointing individuals as AJF ambassadors for cities and countries that have an existing art jewelry scene, but tend to fall in the shadow of larger actors. This approach, and the possibility to nominate ambassadors from a country not yet represented, helps to fill gaps in the jewellery map. To an organisation giving a microphone to a variety of voices – the Nobel Jewellery Peace Prize 2015 goes to AJF*


Ambassador's program PROMO image_Part2


That’s it folks. A big thank you to the amazing winners!


*The Ambassadors program highlights the mission of AJF which is to advocate for those within the field by bringing a wider awareness to the physical and intellectual creation specific to contemporary jewelry. AJF is an international organization working to advocate for the field regardless of location. The content on the  website and in social media threads reflects this and the Ambassador program is a continuation of the mission. The AJF Ambassadors program puts a face to the abstraction of a country—someone you can reach out to with questions about that region.





This is us after a great opening at Platina! A big thank you to Sofia Björkman at Platina and to all the lovely visitors at the opening night. MIRAGE / You’ve got the look is on display until 24 OCT 2015.

ALKEMISTERNA – the pilot

Welcome to ALKEMISTERNA! (Svensk text längre ner)
Alkemisterna – the Alchemists – is our idea for a tv-show about art jewellery. We have made a pilot episode to present the subject and the topics we want the future tv-show to highlight. The purpose of the tv-show is to increase the interest for craft and contemporary jewellery.

Why go through the trouble of making a pilot?
Jewellery art is a small branch of the art world. Most people still imagine diamond rings and bling when you say the word jewellery. This pilot is made to illustrate what we mean when we talk about jewellery. Now also remember that we are not professional film-makers and that this pilot is to be seen as a draft for a future production.

Materials in the center of attention
Wood, stone, plastics  and leather are materials that most people have some kind of connection to. These materials surround us in our daily life, we know what they feel like and many of us have, at some point, tried making something out of them. We think that finding a common ground – the relation to the materials, is a good way to catch the audience attention.

The next step is to pitch the idea to possible partners, producers and financers and we hope that our dream project Alkemisterna will be realised and put into production. The main part of the pilot is in Swedish but our aim is to make a subtitled version for the international audience.

If you think this sounds interesting and if you have ideas or suggestions, please contact us at

Välkommen till ALKEMISTERNA!
Alkemisterna är vår idé till en tv-serie om smyckekonst. Vi har gjort ett skiss i form av ett pilotavsnitt som presenterar konstområdet och gestaltar de frågeställningar vi vill belysa. Syftet med en tv-serie är att sprida intresset för hantverk och smyckekonst.

Varför ett pilotavsnitt?
Smyckekonst är fortfarande en relativt okänd konstgenre. De allra flesta tänker på Bismarcklänkar och diamantringar eller massproducerade bijouterier när man pratar om smycken. För att gestalta ämnet har vi arbetat fram ett pilotavsnitt. Vi är varken filmare eller klippare så piloten är tänkt att ses som en skiss och ett förslag att arbeta vidare med.

Material som utgångpunkt
Trä, sten, plast och läder är något som de allra flesta har en relation till. Vi har dem omkring oss, vi vet hur de känns och vi är många som någon gång själva har försökt bearbeta dem på ett eller annat sätt. Vi har valt material som ingångspunkt för att skapa igenkänning och väcka intresse hos tittarna.

Vårt nästa steg är att gå vidare och pitcha idén om Alkemisterna till möjliga partners, producenter och finansiärer.
Tycker du att det här verkar intressant och har förslag, idéer eller synpunkter?
Kontakta oss på:







Förstudien till Alkemisterna har skett med stöd av konstnärsnämnden, i övrigt finansierad av Diagonal Art Projects
Alkemisterna is a project supported by Konstnärsnämnden – the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

Pilot coming up!


Alkemisterna är vår idé till en tv-serie om smyckekonst. Vi har gjort ett skiss i form av ett pilotavsnitt som presenterar konstområdet och gestaltar de frågeställningar vi vill belysa. Syftet med en tv-serie är att sprida intresset för hantverk och smyckekonst.

Tycker du att det här verkar intressant och har förslag, idéer eller synpunkter? Kontakta oss på:

Varför ett pilotavsnitt?
Smyckekonst är fortfarande en relativt okänd konstgenre. De allra flesta tänker på Bismarcklänkar och diamantringar eller massproducerade bijouterier när man pratar om smycken. För att gestalta ämnet har vi arbetat fram ett pilotavsnitt. Vi är varken filmare eller klippare så piloten är tänkt att ses som en skiss och ett förslag att arbeta vidare med.

Material som utgångpunkt
Trä, sten, plast och läder är något som de allra flesta har en relation till. Vi har dem omkring oss, vi vet hur de känns och vi är många som någon gång själva har försökt bearbeta dem på ett eller annat sätt. Vi har valt material som ingångspunkt för att skapa igenkänning och väcka intresse hos tittarna.


Alkemisterna är tänkt som en tv-serie i 10 avsnitt, där varje avsnitt utgår från ett specifikt material. Det första avsnittet handlar om trä och är 30 minuter långt i sin helhet.

Avsnitten inleds med en kort presentation av Alkemisterna och ett intro i stop motion. Som uppvärmning presenterar vi sedan materialet och uppmärksammar hur det omger oss i vår vardag.

Vi vill visa vad smyckekonst är och vad som utmärker den här konstformen – nämligen att konstföremålen kan bäras. Som ett genomgående tema i Alkemisterna visas sekvenser där människor bär konstsmycken i olika välbekanta miljöer. Här kommer ett smakprov:

STE-003.00_03_09_24.Still002Trophy, halssmycke av Tanel Veenre. Modell Sofie Gillstedt

Efter detta bjuds tittaren in bakom scenen, till konstnärernas ateljéer för ett samtal om det kreativa arbetet. Rytmen och tempot är långsamt. Vi tror på kraften i det stillsamma berättandet, att ta sig tid att förklara och att lyssna. Detta har tydliga kopplingar med den ofta tidskrävande arbetsprocessen inom hantverk.

I det här klippet besöker vi estländska Tanel Veenre i hans studio i Tallinn, där han berättar om sitt förhållningssätt till trä som material.

tanel_studioSmyckekonstnär Tanel Veenre

I avsnitten talar vi med experter inom konst och hantverk. Här träffar vi Röhsska Museets intendent Love Jönsson.

STE-003.00_12_43_21.Still008Love Jönsson visar Motten, halssmycke av Dorothea Prühl

 Alkemisterna innehåller intervjuer med både svenska och internationella smyckekonstnärer. Deras förhållningssätt till skapande, tekniker, material och inspiration varierar och ger en intressant dynamik. En av Sveriges mest välkända smyckekonstnärer är Märta Mattsson. Vi besöker Märta i hennes ateljé i Stockholm.

STE-003.00_17_25_05.Still004Smyckekonstnär Märta Mattsson

Vad händer nu?
Nu går vi vidare och pitchar iden för intressanta samarbetspartners och hoppas på att snart producera nästa avsnitt som kommer att handla om sten.


Förstudien till Alkemisterna har skett med stöd av konstnärsnämnden.
I övrigt finansierad av Diagonal Art Projects



Carrots & Carats – our New Podcast!

Welcome to Carrots and Carats, a brand new podcast.

The idea of making a jewellery pod emerged as we were hosting dinner parties inviting artist that were exhibiting at gallery Four. We realised that sitting down at a table over food and drinks opened up for interesting conversations about art jewellery. We decided to kick up a notch and cook meals inspired by the artists work and use that as a starting point for discussions about jewellery, life and all that is in between.

In the very first episode we dine with Nina Sajet, the day before her solo exhibition opens at Four. Nina is a Dutch artist living and working in Amsterdam. In this chat we discuss her jewellery, relation with fish, possible addiction to flake salt and much more.

Welcome to join us at the table!






© Nina Sajet


Photography by Shehera Grot


“I like also to create pieces without knowing what I will make, 
that is why I am surprised, and when I am surprised then I am happy.
I am not happy when I create something that I already thought that I would make .
Why would I make it then? It makes no sense.”




Lost in Sea
Photography by: Anouck Wolf



Lost in Sea
Photography by: Anouck Wolf


“It is not so important for me to tell them about the process
I forget about it when the pieces is there
I only remember the story. Why I wanted to create the piece.

In some case if something is completely new….
then I am eager to tell because it is a new experience
but otherwise I like to tell the bigger picture
because making is not the whole picture”






Tableau Vivant
© Nina Sajet


Movie Tableau vivant  ©  2010 Concept Nina Sajet, Director Biserka Suran,  Camera Artyom Zakharenko.


Photography by: Shehera Grot


Carrots & Carats is a collaboration between Jonas Carboo, Karin Roy Andersson and Sanna Svedestedt



Two weeks ago it was time to make another Diagonal trip, this time we headed for the capital of Sweden – Stockholm. We had a long list of things to accomplish with a complex  plan on how get all the logistics and timings right. The two day schedule started with a breakfast together with Märta Mattsson.

Märta is a jewellery artist who has made herself well known on the international art scene with her strikingly beautiful, provocative and, to some people, scary pieces. She often uses parts of insects and butterflies and her art work has the character of being repulsive and highly attractive at the same time. With her latest pieces that is now shown in the exhibition Frozen Flora, Flourishing Fauna at Galerie Marzee, she has created a  frozen and magical forest, her own ‘Narnia’. Since the theme for our pilot episode of Alkemisterna is wood we decided to follow her during one day, catching a glimpse of the everyday life of a contemporary jeweller.

DSC_0405.MOV.00_00_10_11.Still001Märta and Pumba taking a walk

After breakfast we went down to her workshop located on the first floor of her flat. While she did some finishing touches on a beetle brooch we investigated her materials and tools. Being welcomed into someones studio is really like entering the creative heart of an artist, and Märta’s workspace shows a lot of her personality and sources of inspiration. We recorded an interview where we talked to Märta about her relationship with the material wood, how she works and why she started making jewellery.

DSC_0389.MOV.00_00_00_07.Still001Märta in her studio

We want the pilot to tell the story of what it can be like to work as an art jeweller. In the afternoon Märta had a long list of errands and we tagged along with our camera. We also met up with designer Anna Forsberg from Makeda

While Märta and Anna talked about a possible collaboration we examined the wonderful handmade wool rugs.

DSC_0429.MOV.00_00_00_02.Still001Hand made rug by Makeda

The second day we said good bye to Märta who had a long list of to-dos before a one month workation to Mexico and we took one of her bird brooches with us on a new mission.

DSC_0471.MOV.00_00_00_00.Still001Crash! brooch by Märta Mattsson

One important part of Alkemisterna is to show contemporary jewellery on real people in an everyday, ordinary setting. We want to give our viewers a hint of what life could be like if more people started to showcase these intelligent, inspiring, unique pieces. We borrowed a necklace by Tanel Veenre from gallery Platina and then we hooked up with two fantastic models. One in the supermarket and one in a bar.

DSC_0475.MOV.00_01_33_00.Still001Crash! brooch by Märta Mattsson, model: Louisa Flores

DSC_0444.MOV.00_01_41_00.Still002Neckpiece by Tanel Veenre, model: Sofie Gillstedt


We are right now busy with editing the material we have collected.



In the middle of November Diagonal crossed one time zone in the east direction and landed in Tallinn. Our big luggage contained microphones, tripods, lights and cameras, and our stomachs were filled with butterflies. Our quest: film material for the pilot of Alkemisterna.

The main topic of the pilot episode is wood. There are many interesting jewellery artists working with wood but when we started talking about who to contact for an interview one name immediately came to our minds: Tanel Veenre.

The reason the butterflies had gone into our bellies was mainly the technical issues. Did we have all the cables, memory cards and camera lenses? Did we know how to make it work? Would we be able to catch the magic moments in Tanel’s studio on film?

Tanel Veenre has his studio in the old city center of Tallinn. It is a beautiful space and as most often the interior carried the character and spirit of the artist. Materials, tools and  ideas for pieces waiting to be fulfilled inhabited the studio, but also the special atmosphere that we find in Tanel’s work.


We asked Tanel about his first memories of working with wood. Did he have any childhood memories of working with the material? What was his favourite tools to ply the wood? Why does he often choose to incorporate wood in his jewellery? It was a few interesting hours and we are so happy that this enthusiastic, humoristic and skilled artist is now on our tape!

When we had decided to make a trip to Tallinn we realized we could not miss the chance to also visit an artist whose work we have both admired ever since we first saw it at Schmuck 2011. Julia Maria Künnap welcomed us in her house/studio and we had a fantastic afternoon together when she showed us her work and we talked about techniques, materials, tools, jewellery and all the different aspects of working with stone – the topic of our next episode!



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