SIERAAD & Friends
How do we move forward?
After spending more than 20 years in Amsterdam, we have decided to change direction and leave the city behind.
It is with a mix of emotions that we made this decision. Our decision was unfortunately driven by the hugely increased costs, which have only increased further with the aftermath of the Corona pandemic. For a cultural event like ours, staying in Amsterdam is simply no longer justified.
We treasure the wonderful memories of SIERAAD, which over the years has grown into an international phenomenon. The overwhelming interest and participant numbers have both surprised and delighted us. We take this rich history with us as we move into a new era and a new challenge.
We are convinced that the new format of SIERAAD, as we have envisioned it, is better suited to these times and the challenges ahead.
We have decided to transform SIERAAD into a smaller, more personal and once again a unique event.
We are going to expand our horizons to the beautiful historic town of Buren, in the Betuwe. With picturesque streets, good accessibility and plenty of free parking.
The core values of SIERAAD will be preserved, in which quality and originality are central and, of course, 1-on-1 contact with the makers. Within the new ambiance and the concept, we have opted for a small scale where you can get acquainted with about 30 unique, and many well-known jewellery designers or, for many of you, continue the contacts you have made before.
SIERAAD & FRIENDS will be the new name. Many of the participants have become friends over the years and many visitors are friends of jewellery, so the choice was obvious.
We hope to welcome you to SIERAAD & FRIENDS, for a valuable experience for everyone who loves jewellery. Be amazed by the creations and enjoy the warmth and uniqueness of this unique event.
SIERAAD & FRIENDS is a dynamic, international platform where art, craftsmanship, design, and passion converge in the form of jewellery. This diverse exhibition brings together talented designers, innovative artists, and skilled artisans from various corners of the globe. Each piece is a testament to unique stories, cultural backgrounds, and personal expression. SIERAAD & FRIENDS is about more than just aesthetics; it’s a celebration of identity, heritage, and the limitless possibilities of materials and techniques. This event is a treasure trove of inspiration, offering visitors the opportunity to directly engage with the creators and discover the vision behind each extraordinary piece of jewellery.
Lisa Walker – jewellery star
Liesbeth den Besten February 2023
To celebrate Jewellery’s 20th anniversary, a festive central exhibition will feature the work of Lisa Walker (1967). Her jewellery is odd, humorous and has an enormous freedom. The New Zealand artist has been active for more than 20 years. In her jewellery she uses remnants of our consumers’ society, and waste from her own workshop or that of others.
Connecting with nature
Saskia van Es – April 2023
As light as a flutter of butterflies
Saskia van Es – April 2023
Shapes from everyday life and fragments of memories become elegant jewellery with Mayumi Okuyama. A design starts with a flutter of butterflies, for example. The shape of butterflies silhouetted against the sky has such a lightness that your eyes can hardly comprehend it. At Mayumi Okuyama’s workbench, this phenomenon is translated into feathery lines of brass and steel wire. The lines dance around your neck, on your ear or in your hair. Last year she won an important prize in Brazil with it.
Glass in motion
Saskia van Es – March 2023
Reuse in grand fashion
SASKIA VAN ES – March 2023
Reuse in grand fashion
They are accessories rather than jewellery in the classic sense. For quite a few years, Michelle Lowe-Holder seems to have one rule of the game: work with materials that are already there. Nitrous oxide canisters picked up off the street, for example. Or very thin birch wood left over from industry
Nature under a bell jar
Saskia van Es – march 2023
Itir Saran, is an architect and teacher in Turkey and New York. And the designer behind Stella Tundra. She uses found materials from nature as the basis for her pendants. In the kiln the material burns away and is replaced by ceramics.
Textiles and jewellery: literally a strong combination
By: Saskia Kolff- van Es
The combination of textile and jewellery remains a very strong one. Because textile is so colourful? Because it moulds to the body? Because it is comfortable and protects you? Because it is slow art, made by endlessly repeating certain actions? This year, we can indulge ourselves. At least four artists use the primal material in their jewellery.
BRUNO DA ROCHA
Carrouselring, 18kRedgold with champagne diamonds.
foto, sandra gadient.
Rings from the Simplicity collection, wedding bands, gold 18k.
Kinetic ring, stainless steel, white gold 750, dichroic glass,
micro ball bearings