Swedes at Salts in September
Swedish Art Jewellery

17th Sept – 8th Nov 2015

‘Butterfly’ brooch in oxidised silver

‘Butterfly’ brooch in oxidised silver

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Karin Johansson

Karin Johansson, born 1964, lives and works in Gothenburg. She attended the HDK School  of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg, where she earned her MFA degree in 1994. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows in many international galleries and locations, such as Galerie Marzee (Nijmegen), Klimt02 Gallery (Barcelona), Galerie Sofie Lachaert (Gent) and Jewelers´Werk Galerie  (WDC). She has also participated in numerous group shows. Her work is features in private and public collections including the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, the Röhsska Museum for Fashion, Design and Decorative Arts in Gothenburg, and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo. She is the recipient of several major grants and awards, among them the five-year working grant of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, which she has received twice. She was one of the founding members of Gallery Hnoss in Gothenburg, and is currently (since 2007) Visiting Professor of Jewellery Art at the HDK School  of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg.


I collect real objects and images, seized from my daily surroundings. In fact, my studio is an endlessly growing collection of bits and pieces, both visible and invisible, that become parts of a map I keep updating and revising.
My work is a treasure hunt among things and ideas finally fashioning into pieces of jewellery made to be desired, worn, questioned, or loved.

The Butterfly Collection

Collecting means not just procuring things. It is also about cherishing the dream of a totality transcending its parts, of a collection larger than oneself. As a phenomenon, collecting is coupled with an urge to order and arrange things, establish connections, and create images. In all this, the notion of growth and increase is elementally present. For a true collector, collecting will never end and the collection will never be complete (...)

Love Jönsson
Curator at the Röhsska Museum for Fashion, Design and Decorative Arts, Gothenburg

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