20th July - 30th Sept 2007
'Wood You?'
Exciting new showcase of thirteen internationally
renowned jewellery artists working in wood.



'Curley' brooch. Silver, hazelnut wood
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Terhi Tolvanen

The ‘Woodland’ series, like the earlier work of Terhi, is about the interaction between man and nature. In her jewellery she focuses not on the damage caused by man on nature, but on the care and preservation. For instance, by the removal of dead trees and the pruning of branches, it is possible for nature to thrive and renew itself.In ‘Woodland’, the same process happens; from cut branches and shards of wood spring new life. Terhi calls the mosses, fungi and toadstools that flourish at the extremities of fallen trees the ‘jewellery’ of the forest.The mechanical connections and clips of her brooches and necklaces also refer to human intervention in nature; they determine the form of the works and contrast with the organic parts.Her own designed ‘nature’ is combined with branches of birch, hazel, rosemary, and heather, as well as gemstones such as smoky quartz and aquamarine. This creates a tension that is evident within each piece in the series.Terhi’s work is inspired by her love of the beauty in nature, and its’ strength comes from the necessity to visualise this beauty.
(Evert Nijland)

Biographical details

Artists taking part in 'Wood You?' are: Stephanie Jendis, Germany; Mette Jensen, Denmark; Marianne Schliwinski, Germany; Katy Hackney, UK; Ulrich Reithofer, Austria; Julia Harrison, USA; Yu-Chun Chen, Taiwan; Ramon Puig Cuyas, Spain; Grace Girvan, UK; Terhi Tolvanen, Finland; Beppe Kessler, Holland; Marie Uhlirova, Czech Republic; Marielle Ledoux, Uruguay.