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Amber is a fossil from around 44 million years ago; it is well known with its history and myths and was also widely used during Soviet Union. I have seen it so many times polished and placed in metal frames. My great-grandmother used to have plenty of this kind of jewellery.
Repeated use of a similar approach to the material creates stereotypes. Amber is usually valued by its size, color, and inclusions. I aim to destroy this familiar perception and its accepted value by sewing, dyeing, and ignoring its inclusions; stepping away from what I have seen so many times before.
I use 14 K red gold whose, already obsolete, name is Russian gold. In contrast to that, I place it together with an amber cord made from amber fiber that was developed around ten years ago in Riga Technical University. I either spin or weave the cords by hand, dyeing it afterwards.
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amber fibre, Baltic amber, Gold, red gold
crimson, Dark Amber, Navy blue, Purple
Liza (short for Jelizaveta Suska) was born in Latvia (1989), where she completed her Bachelor degree education in Art Academy of Latvia as a metal designer. At the age of 24 she moved to Gothenburg in Sweden for studying and permanent living. In 2015 she graduated from Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK) at University of Gothenburg. She also has been educated in Germany and Japan. In 2016 she received Amberif: Amber prize and Dr. Herbert Hofmann Prize at Schmuck. In 2018 she was one of the finalists of Art Jewellery Forum and Mari Funaki Awards as an emerging artist. Her works are in Stockholm National Museum of Art and Design, RIAN Design museum in Falkenberg, gallery Platina, gallery Four, gallery Beyond, gallery Alice Floriano and several private collections.
Presenting “PROXIMITY”, a collection created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios. As a whole, the collection contemplates the notion of proximity, interconnection, and belonging. Whether through contemporary references to traditional crafts techniques; the use of locally sourced materials such as wool, lichen, steel, and wood; or playful visualisations of the notion itself, the selected pieces illustrate the importance of closeness, interconnection, and kinship in uncertain times.
Featuring pieces by Andrea Santivanez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jóna Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, and Studio M.
Organised by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, Southern Sweden Design Days is an annual event currently in its second edition, which highlights sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme, as described by the event organisers, “[reflects] on the notion of being close – the connection between people, cities, countries, species, professions, etc”.
The physical exhibition of “PROXIMITY” will take place at Lokstallarna, Södra Bulltoftavägen 51, 212 22 Malmö from 19 - 22 May 2022.
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