The makers Meet the jewellery makers who were involved in the Topophilia project. Tobias Alm Born 1985, in Stockholm, Sweden, Tobias Alm is a young artist who graduated from Ädellab Konstfack, the jewellery-section of the art academy in Stockholm. Materiality is central to his work and his jewellery often investigates the dynamics of materials their weight and their sound. Alm’s work explores such phenomena as rhythm, contrast, colour and connection. He had his first solo show “Summer Series”, with Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam, Holland in 2009 who also represented him at Collect 2010 and 2011. Rut-Malin Barklund Rut-Malin Barklund graduated from Ädellab Konstfack, Sweden in 2007 and since then has been working as an independent jewellery artist in Stockholm, Sweden. She has participated in several national and international exhibitions and is represented by Platina gallery and her work is included in the Danner Rotunda collection in the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. Rut-Malin Barklund's work is very much process based and is centred on revealing the hidden properties of materials. Her most recent work includes paper and mdf. Sofia Björkman Sofia Björkman was born in 1970 Ekerö, Sweden, She studied for her MFA at Konstfack and since 1999 has been the owner of Gallery Platina in Stockholm. Her recent work titled 'Dark Black' is a series of jewellery pieces in mixed media, such as 3D-printing, found objects, cast silver, and painting made in response to the gloomy financial and environmental events of recent times. Sara Borgegård Älgå Sara Borgegård Älgå gained her Masters from Konstfack (Art Academy) in Stockholm Sweden in 2007, studying under Professor Ruudt Peters. She was awarded the Marzee graduate prize in 2007 and had solo shows at Gallery Hnoss, Göteborg, Sweden in 2009 and Gallery Wittenbringk, Munich in 2010. Her main source of inspiration is industrial architecture and surface; she is especially drawn to painted metal, machinery and buildings. Materials such as scrap wood and industrial iron sheet are recurrent in her constructed jewellery pieces. Grace Girvan Grace Girvan was born in Orkney, Scotland in 1981. The unique Orcadian archipelago is a continuing source of inspiration for her jewellery. The basis for the shapes, colours and textures seen in her pieces are sourced from her observations of the Scottish coastline and the objects she collects during her time there. Grace graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2003 with a First Class Hons and had her first solo show at the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh in 2010. Ingjerd Hanevold Ingjerd Hanevold was born in Asker, Norway 1950. She is a graduate of Norwegian National College of Art and Design and the New York State University. Hanevold's work has been purchased by the Norwegian Council of Culture, Decorative Arts in Trondheim Art Museum in Oslo and the National Gallery and Røhska Museum in Gothenburg. Ingjerd Hanevold was awarded the commission to design the Olympic medals in Lillehammer in 1994. Gallery Kunst 1 represented her at Collect at the Saatchi Gallery in 2010. She is currently Professor of Jewellery at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Ingjerd is fascinated by the forms and processes found in nature, especially in the plant life of her local environment. Caroline Holt Caroline Holt graduated from the Masters course at the Royal College of Art, London in 2010 and previous to that she undertook her BA (Hons) in Design and Applied Arts at Edinburgh College of Art. Employing materials such as antler horn, horse hair, chalk, printed organza and silver thermal blanket, Caroline Holt’s sensitive pieces symbolise an identity and connection with her environment through the application of material and the exploration of process. Her most recent pendants compose of both vessel and brush, which invite the wearer to explore and engage with their environment through mark making. Hildur Ýr Jónsdóttir Hildur Ýr Jónsdóttir was born in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland in 1976. She completed her studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Holland Jónsdóttir has participated in many combined exhibitions in Iceland and Holland, which include Gallerie Marzee, the International Graduation show in 2006. Her works are based on Icelandic natural and cultural inheritance and she works with a range of materials such as fish skin, shell and stone. Several works by Jónsdóttir were selected for the Danner Rotunda Jewellery Art Collection in the Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich curated by Karl Fritsch in 2010. Jenny Klemming Jenny Klemming is a recent graduate from the MFA course at HDK University of Design and Crafts, Gothenburg, Sweden. She was awarded the Galerie Marzee International Graduation Prize in both 2008 and 2010. Her series of work entitled 'Land pieces' investigates the borders and transitions between culture and nature. With her jewellery objects Jenny Klemming wants to 'tell tales and stir imaginations'. Beth Legg Beth Legg was born in Cathness, Scotland in 1981. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a First Class Hons in 2003. She went on to complete her Masters there and is currently studying for her practice-led PhD. Beth has exhibited internationally in Japan, Estonia, Finland, Korea, Holland and Canada and at shows such as Collect in London. In 2010 she was one of only three UK jewellery artists nominated for the prestigious Arts Foundation Award. Beth's work stems from a fascination with hinterlands and the quiet edges if places. Each of her pieces explores themes of landscape and memory reflecting the often bleak and fragile nature of the environment she comes from. Helena Lehtinen Helena Lehtinen was born in Lahti, Finland, in 1952 where she lives and works. After graduating from Lahti Goldsmith School in 1977 as silversmith she complimented studies at Lahti polytechnics and also at University of Industrials Arts Helsinki. She has taught as a senior lecturer at Konstfack, Stockholm. Galeria Norsu represented her work at Collect 2007, 2009 and 2010. Since Lehtinen has been enjoying afive year working grant from State Applied Art Commission in Finland. Helena works in poetic construction; each jewellery piece is an assemblage of elements that build to form a whole. Her constructions talk about memories of things lost. Her materials are chosen for their evocative qualities, encompassing themes of memory, time and space. Helga Mogensen Helga Mogensen was born in Iceland in 1980 and continues to live and work there after gaining a First Class BA (Hons) in Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art. She has just had her first solo show in Iceland. Her work considers the material representations of the memory of place and often involves the use of driftwood and fish skin. Eija Mustonen Eija Mustonen was born in Polvijärvi, Finland in 1961 and since 2009 has been the Principal lecturer at the jewellery department, Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Imatra-Lappeenranta. She exhibits internationally at Schmuck and Collect and is also the Coordinator for international jewellery KORU events in Lappeenranta, Finland. Eija Mustonen's jewellery is deeply linked to the natural environment of her country, Finland. Sensory phenomena, memory and emotion come together in her work, which expresses a genuine admiration for the preciousness and uniqueness of nature. Per Suntum Per Suntum was born in 1944 in Denmark and graduated as a goldsmith from Hans Hansen Silversmith, Copenhagen in 1965. In 2003 he was awarded the Danish State Arts Foundation™ Lifelong Grant for Artists on the Financial Law. Suntum is a specialist with surface treatment - rough, smooth, frosted, coloured and structured. His work is held in several international Major Collections including The Danish State Arts Foundation, The Danish Museum of Art & Design, Copenhagen, The Rohsska Museum of Art and Crafts, Gothenburg and The Pahlman Collection, Finland. Nelli Tanner Nelli Tanner gratuated in 2003 from Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL. She was also educated at South Carelian Polytechnic, Lappeenranta, Finland, in jewellery and stonework design. Layers of time, storytelling and remembrances fascinate her in jewellery. She has recently had her solo show of work at Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam. Tarja Tuupanen Born in 1973, in Lieksa, Finland, Tarja Tuupanen trained at the Lappeenranta College of Crafts and Design, Finland and has had several solo shows in Finland and Amsterdam. Tuupanen works predominantly with cacholong, a white stone from the quartz family. She is a Stonework teacher at Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Lappeenranta/Imatra, Finland. Her solo shows include Gallery Louise Smit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Gallery Hnoss, Göteborg, Sweden and Gallery Marzee, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.