Is the new theme for the next edition of the biennial international design contest and (travelling) exhibition New Traditional Jewellery. It is a theme you can approach at a meta-level or simply very intimately and personally. You can look at ‘confrontations’ from many angles: on a worldwide scale (climate changes, distribution of wealth, waste management, for example) or as the reaction to an inner dialogue. Confrontations are hard to ignore and force you to have an opinion. At times they may turn your entire life upside down. We often link confrontations to coming to terms with something, to solving a problem and joining the fray. It is a word often used in court, war, politics, psychology and sports. Check www.newtraditionaljewellery.com for the terms and conditions and entry criteria.
The contest and subsequent (travelling) exhibition is always linked to a topical theme: Folklore (2006), Symbols of Faith (2007), Intimacy (2008), True colours (2010), New Nomads (2012). The objective is to present international contemporary jewellery design to a wide public and to bridge the history of jewellery and the present.
Winner Maryvonne Wellen
Maryvonne Wellen (Holland), one of the winners in the category students of the 2012 edition New Nomads, presents herself at SIERAAD for the first time. Last year she was still a master’s student Applied Arts and Design at the Fachhochschule Düsseldorf and her necklace ‘portrait of a clan member’ was the winning entry. “I collected pictures of ethnographic jewellery from all continents and combined these in a mask-like collage. A mask is a universal shape which you can find all over the world in past and present. It covers the face and in doing so also the identity of the wearer, while at the same time the mask itself also provides an identity”, says Wellen. “This piece of jewellery bridges the gap between ethnography and the space age”, is how the jury of NTJ judged her entry. At SIERAAD Wellen will show new work evolving out of her winning piece “clan member’.