Monday, May 23, 2011

Marta Mattsson Jewelry

The first time we saw
jewelry created by Märta Mattsson
we felt intense curiosity.
She incorporates things like dead insects and
animal skins along with metal, resin,
 gems and stones into
her handcrafted work.
This jewelry is inspired by the artist's
childhood memories of the animal
and insect world around her. Things that
once caused fear or revulsion
have now become a source of inspiration
and creativity for her work.

She translates her memories and fantasies
into jewelry and invites people to experience
and marvel at the transformations.

She describes her work as follows:

Sometimes I see beauty in things that other people find strange or are even repulsed by. I become fascinated when there is something you do not want to see and the feeling you get when you do not want to look at something, yet you still do. My jewellery deals with the tension that lies between attraction and repulsion. I take seemingly inappropriate materials, making ordinary and familiar objects seem extraordinary and unfamiliar.

Her Rebirth series is fascinating and
eerie at the same time.

Here is a brooch made with a cicada, cubic zirconias,
silver, lacquer, resin and steel.

This brooch incorporates laser-cut calfskin and silver.
The delicacy is remarkable.

This necklace includes
butterflies, goatskin, nylon thread and gold.

Fascinating, disturbing, gorgeous.
This jewelry elicits many emotional reactions.
The craftsmanship is impeccable.
The creativity is amazing.
The final products are works of art.

What else can one say?

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