Monika Brugger
1975 receives her Vocational high school diploma without distinction, Fachhochschule für Gestaltung, Pforzheim, Germany
1978 to 1990 agricultural seasonal work among cherries, potatoes and French beans in France and in England, then innkeeper of the youth hostel inTrébeurden, France
1992 drills her first holes for Fragile brooches
1992 Fragmente at Schmuckforum, Basel (CH), her first personal exhibition
1995 gives her first courses on the history of ornament and classical and contemporary history of jewellery
2000 produces her first installation with Parcours supported by the CNAP – National Centre for Art, Paris
2001 sews her first dresses for Schweizer Heimarbeiten
2007 becomes professor at ENSA Limoges, head for POPatelier BIJOU.
2008 publishes her monograph Monika Brugger, Heimat, by Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart with the support of the CNAP-National Centre for Art, Paris and La Criée, Art center, Rennes.
2016 begins her first photographic works with Frauenbilder
2016 obtains summa cum laude her Master’s degree design option, ENSAD, National Superior School of Decorative Arts, Paris
2017 makes her first fly
2017 Galerie Mercier&Associés, Paris Only of the jewel, a retrospective
2018 publishes Juste du bijou, ein arbeitsbuch, her digital book around her references and works with NAIMA Digital Art Publishing, Paris, supported by the Centre régional du livre, Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France https://www.naimaunlimited.com/biblio/monika-brugger-ein-arbeitsbuch/
2020 Fellowship by the CNAP (National Centre for Art) for Le bijou, un oubli de l’histoire de l’ornement.
2020-2021 Study and research semesters for the project: Le bijou, un oubli de l’histoire de l’ornement by the Ministry of Culture
Anders Ljungberg
He has exhibited, lectured and been a guest teacher around the world, while being based in Gustavsberg, where he both lives and has his studio. One of his main topics, which can clearly be seen in his artistry, is the relationship between the human, object and space in which he examines emotional, metaphorical and poetic understandings of everyday use. He is represented by Marzee in the Netherlands, Galerie Rosemarie Jäger in Germany and exhibits frequently in other contexts worldwide. Anders Ljungberg is represented at the Marzee collection in Nijmegen, the National Museum in Stockholm, the Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg, the National Museum in Oslo, the Nordic Museum in Stockholm and the Royal Collection in Stockholm. At Konstfack, he was first a student between 1989 and 1994, returning as a Senior Lecturer between 2000 and 2010. Since 2016, he has been a Professor at the Jewellery and Corpus CRAFT! Programme at Konstfack. He also worked as professor at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Metal and Jewellery Art, between 2014 and 2016.
Yutaka Minegishi
I make rings out of one single solid piece of material.
Most of my colleagues make their piece of jewellery through a form of construction work, by combining different materials, building layer upon layer, bringing structures together, and by using a variety of techniques such as soldering, pressing, setting, folding, riveting, gluing, overlaying, inlaying and so on.
I take a reverse approach, one that could almost be described as primitive; I saw, file and scrape materials. Not a process of addition, but one of reduction.
I neither draw nor create models before working the final material, even when using expensive materials like amber or ruby. I try not to have an image of the finished piece in my mind. I try to find the best form during the carving process.
A Japanese master once told me that the most beautiful form appears just once during carving. You should neither go too far nor stop too soon.
Katarzyna Rzehak
She is an art historian and design and jewelry critic. She was a juror of the International Silver Festival in Legnica (1996, 2016) and the Amberif Design Award Competition (2012, 2013). As a curator, she creates exhibitions of design, incl. the “Polish Table” exhibition at Expo 2016 in Milan and the “Rituals” exhibition at the Expo 2021 in Dubai. Currently she lectures on the history of design at Art New Media faculty at the Polish-Japanese School of Information Technology.
Katarzyna Rzehak graduated from art history at the Jagiellonian University and Musem and Gallery Management studies at City University in London. For the last 10 years she worked as a creative director at the Institute of Industrial Design. The area of her scientific interests is industrial design in the People’s Republic of Poland and its relations with the egalitarizing social policy of the authorities, i.e. the concept of democratic design.
Theo Smeets
• Born 1964 in Valkenburg, the Netherlands
• Attended the “Vakschool Schoonhoven” from 1982 to 1986, graduating as a goldsmith and silversmith
• Studied at the “Gerrit Rietveld Academy” in Amsterdam from 1986 to 1992 with Onno Boekhoudt, Joke Bakman, Ruudt Peters and Marjan Unger – graduated as jewellery designer
• Since 1992 studio for contemporary jewellery
• Since 1998 professor for jewellery design at the Trier University of Applied Sciences, dept. of Gemstones and Jewellery at the Idar-Oberstein campus
• Exhibitions and participations in the Netherlands, France, Austria, Germany, Belgium, USA, Japan, Portugal
• Lives and works in Wattenheim and Idar-Oberstein