On Thursday 28th March 2014 two jewellery artists – Märta Mattsson (Sweden) and Felieke van der Leest (Norway) – will deliver guest lectures at the Art Academy of Latvia. The event is supported by Nordic Council of Ministers in Latvia and PUTTI Art Gallery.
Everyone interested is invited to join the lectures at the room Nr 10
Märta Mattsson’s lecture starting at 2.30 pm
Someone once told Märta: “You make jewellery for children, not for adults.” Given that she draws inspiration from her childhood experiences of playing with stuffed animals and slugs, her fellow students in Tokyo were right when they described her work as: ‘KimoKawaii’, which is in fact a combination of two words kawaii (cute) and kimoi (disgusting). Märta’s work is based on the tension that exists between attraction and repulsion. She translates her bizarre fantasies into ornament and invites people to marvel over their oddity.
Märta Mattsson was born in Stockholm, studied jewellery art at School of Design and Crafts, Gothenburg; Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery, Tokyo and Royal College of Art, London. Since 2007 she has had five solo exhibitions, her works have been included in numerous group exhibitions at international art galleries.
Felieke van der Leest’s lecture Zoo is Life starting at 3.30 pm
Felieke spent her childhood close to the local zoo and, probably, that is when her enthusiasm for animals and textile techniques began. Combining her childhood passions, precious metals and plastic toy animals she developed her own form of expression in contemporary jewellery and art objects.
Felieke van der Leest studied at the Jewellery Department of Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy, Amsterdam, graduating in 1996 as a jewellery designer. Since 2008 she lives and works in Norway.