Collaborative research practice based in Stockholm, Sweden, initiated in 2011 by Beatrice Brovia and Nicolas Cheng, with a strong focus on material culture and contemporary craft. They develop projects across scales and medias, blurring the line between ‘fine’ and ‘applied’ art, with work that ranges from installations and interiors to conceptually-driven jewellery and decorative art.




Adam Grinovich is Stockholm-based conceptual artist and jeweller involved in numerous cross-disciplinary projects. Born in Lynn Massachusetts, USA. After spending 26 years in the Boston area, Adam moved to Stockholm, Sweden to pursue an MFA in jewelry from Konstfack University. Adam has founded and collaborated with several different international groups and collectives. In 2008 he founded A5 [http://www.afive.se] with Annika Pettersson and Romina Fuentes. A5 is an ongoing investigation into jewellery, the body, and the flexible role of contemporary craft. Adam is also a co-founder of the design collective CRITIAL + [http://www.criticalplusdesign.com] - an energetic design initiative with a focus on design ethics, involving young motivated individuals. In addition to his personal work and collectives Adam has been a guest designer in an ongoing investigation with Swedish company IOU [http://ioudesign.se] design, contributed to art collaborative Valeveil [http://www.valeveil.se]. Adam Grinovich continues to work with a variety of international artists on a project basis.




Based between Basel and London, Matylda Krzykowski’s is a designer and curator expanding her field of practice onto exhibition making, installations, workshops, documentation, art direction and scenography. Her work addresses collaborative and performative projects, with a special interest in the topic of display in context of art and design along institutional and non-institutional strategies of representation. As such, the response of the audience is a main engine in Krzykowski’s methodology. Krzykowski is co-founder and co-director of Depot Basel, place for contemporary design, which established a role in the ongoing debate about design and its communication. She just completed her post-academic year at Jan van Eyck Academy.




Mallory Weston is an artist currently living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mallory works with a variety of medium including metal, fiber, concrete and spray-paint creating bold, compelling, and interactive wearable art. She is fascinated with contemporary icons and symbols connected to the subcultures and the mainstream culture. Her work is often humorous and exaggerated, edgy and made with excellence. Her undergraduate degree is in Crafts with a concentration in Jewellery and Metalsmithing from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island with an MFA in Jewellery and Metalsmithing.




Rutger Emmelkamp is an artist, art teacher and head of the Jewellery Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. The base of his practise lies in his studio. The paintings, sculptures and installations he makes often lead to unanswered questions. These questions become starting points for co-operative events, dialogues and exhibitions in which he binds people from various professions and background for collective investigations. Rutger’s work offers encounters with unassuming, yet quirky objects and thoughts. The delicate and finely crafted sculptures lure viewers towards them, an initial move that eventually opens narratives. Rutger is in fact a storyteller, weaving multiple facts into his works, including their own fabrication process. To the viewer they present themselves as intriguing, enigmatic fragments of the workings of an enquiring and restless artistic mind. Rutger studied at the Design Academy in Eindhoven in the mid 90’ and finished his BA in Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2001. He has had solo- and group exhibitions in The Netherlands and abroad and has initiated several group exhibitions. Besides his studio practise Rutger has been teaching in various art disciplines for over 7 years at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. He lives and works in Amsterdam.




Lin Cheung is a maker of evocative and conceptually-driven jewellery. While completing an MA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery at the Royal College of Art in London, she studied under tutors from the New Jewellery Movement, who encouraged her to explore ideas before choosing a specific material or process. Her early jewellery and object-based projects were deeply rooted in memory and personal history. More recent works have re-interpreted traditional forms, such as lockets, in fresh, contemporary, and tactile ways which emphasise the intimate nature of objects worn on the body. Cheung is interested in visualising the hidden symbolic values and social functions found or perceived in jewellery and objects as they are worn, used, and treasured. Lin Cheung is Senior Lecturer of Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.




Based between Paris and New York, Nelly Zagury is an art director and a designer of fantasy worlds. Nelly works for different types of shows, art projects & music videos. From storyboards to costumes and stage designs. She graduated with honours from the prestigious Ecole Superieure des Arts Decoratifs de Strasbourg – ESADS in June 2011. Majoring in contemporary jewellery design, Nelly achieved a high distinction mark on her dissertation ‘L’Art du Mauvais Gout’, The Art of Bad Taste, under the influence of contemporary jewellery artists like Sophie Hanagarth and Florence Lehmann. She studied at the fashion accessories department of the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD). Back in Paris, she contributed to a fashion accessories collection for the innovative collaborative Haute Couture duo, On aura tout vu, before interning as assistant jewellery designer for Claire Deve (Chanel, Boucheron and Christofle). In 2012/2013, Nelly worked as a stylist of Matthew Barney & Jonathan Bepler’s Opera Film ‘River of Fundament’. Recently Nelly kick-started a radical jewellery brand Holy Faya, where, together with her friend and partner Celia Elmasu they create high quality 3D printed jewellery mixing fairy tale iconography, colourful street culture and costume film extravagance.




David Bielander worked as an apprentice goldsmith in Basel and worked for the industrial designer and jewellery maker Georg Spreng before studying under professor Otto Künzli at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. In 2006 he became the Artistic Assistant to Professor Daniel Kruger at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle, Germany and in 2011, an external consultant to the jewellery department at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Bielander takes the familiarity of everyday objects and combines them with a witty abstraction to create truly uncanny pieces of wearable art. His work has seen him win numerous awards including the Herbert Hoffmann Prize in 2010 and the Francoise van den Bosch Award in 2012. His work is held in many public collections including the Fond National des Arts Contemporain, France, the CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, the Neue Sammlung, Munich and the National Gallery of Victoria. Bielander lives and works in Munich where he currently shares a studio with fellow represented artists Yutaka Minegishi and Helen Britton. “I aim to walk that fine line between making something simple enough that one unavoidably recognizes, that simultaneously requires a fair conscious effort to get beyond the obvious, and at the same time to be abstract enough that it allows a shift to happen, that the piece becomes something altogether new when it unpredictably connects with you.”




Zachary Androus is a US anthropologist based in Florence, Italy since 2006. His current research is focused on non-state language and postcolonial theory, especially as applied to the European territory. Other research interests include theories of gender and the body, and indigenous history and politics. He holds a BA (1997) and MA (2002) in Anthropology from the University of Montana and a PhD (2010) in Anthropology with a concentration in Race, Gender, and Social Justice from American University in Washington, DC. Zachary’s hobbies include playing music and making jewellery.




Elvira was born in 1989 in the very west corner of Ukraine, an area where many countries and cultures meet together. Her life entirely changed when she moved abroad to the West with parents in 1997. Since then she keep a nomadic nature. She became citizen of the world. Growing up as an only child, she begun to draw in very early age. Immersed in deep stories of fantasy, she was fascinated by imaginary worlds which were created while playing in solitude. She was dreaming about sea-voyages, discovering lost islands and wild life in the forests. She admired the adventures of Robinson Crusoe, a book which she had read over and over again. She also spent hours gazing at bizarre details of the labyrinthine paintings from Hieronymus Bosch. The language of art has always been the best mean for her to understand the world. As the time passed, first she completed my studies in ceramic department at School of Applied Arts in Bratislava. Later she dedicated to jewellery and obtained the BFA degree at Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava and the MFA degree at University of Applied Sciences in Idar-Oberstein. Currently she lives and work in Germany.




Jing He is an artist/ designer currently living and studying in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. After completing her bachelor education in Jewellery Department at Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, and Jewellery Department of Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, in 2014 she moved to Eindhoven to continue studying the MA course of Contextual Design in Design Academy Eindhoven. Jing He likes to research on the daily life objects and the basic elements of jewellery, especially the status of the pins. She observes and experiences the function of daily objects, and brings them into a contemporary jewellery context, keeps questioning the relationship between body-related object and human body with different mediums and materials.




Florian Milker was born in 1984 in Weimar, Germany. After graduating from the design College in Erfurt, he decided to an apprenticeship as a goldsmith. To learn the technical principles of jewellery was very important and without the skilled crafts he would never have come to jewellery. After three years of professional education in Arnstadt, Florian Milker worked as a goldsmith for three more years. He is convinced that there is a form and content quality of work, which are both important for creating sophisticated pieces of jewellery. If you turn brooches over they have to work on both sides like little sculptures. In 2009 he started his studies at the jewellery class of Daniel Kruger at the Kunsthochschule Burg Giebichenstein Halle. During that time his understanding of jewellery has changed. Milker grew bored of the classic jewellery aesthetics and prefers the reduction in his work. His work is abstract, not narrative or figurative. He concentrates on form and colour. Among other things he is inspired by the Minimalism, psychological behaviours, architecture transformations and evolution of crafts from traditional to contemporary technics in art and design. At the moment he works in a company of generative manufacturing in Leipzig and further develops the project of “J{c}A”, which will be released in spring 2016.



Miro Sazdic was born in former Yugoslavia and raised in Södertälje, Sweden. She received an MFA at the Department for Metal Design from Konstfack University College of Arts, Craft and Design. Her work as jeweler and applied artist has been exhibited and published internationally and she has organized several international workshops, exhibitions and symposia. Sazdic lives and works in Stockholm, where she also holds a position as senior lecturer at Konstfack University College of Arts, Craft and Design.



Pravu Mazumdar studied physics in New Delhi and Munich and has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He lives as a writer and teacher in Munich. His areas of work include art and philosophy, and his books are closely related to French postmodernism, in particular the philosophy of Michel Foucault.