At the department for Jewellery Art at HDK-Valand the students are encouraged to investigate questions related to the connections between body, material, craft and its relationship to different contexts, the wearer and the outside world. During the bachelor program the students develop their own path towards an individual artistic expression and they are given the space to artistically explore different areas of the subject of jewellery art in connection to their personal interests. The emphasis is on developing their own voice and the results are varied both in terms of materials and themes. The students are given tools and confidence to push and expand the field of jewellery art. Our students are a part of the global and expanding future of jewellery art as a practice and we are very proud to present this year’s degree projects here on the 2020 digital platform.
In this year’s bachelor’s degree projects, the body’s interior and exterior are present, as well as the suspension between life and death. Traditional craft techniques are being challenged and new media like video, photo and performance are used to tell a story of how we can look at the body and its internal parts and how jewellery, materials and objects can carry and convey energy through rituals.
This spring the conditions for the students at the department for Crafts at HDK-Valand has been very different from other years. These extraordinary and new circumstances have placed new demands on the students, who quickly had to switch to distance education and then back to having limited access to workshops. We have not been able to physically be close to each other’s work, which becomes evident when the starting point of our inquires lies in the materials being processed. Instead we have had to find other ways to communicate and exchange thoughts, which has been a challenge. This spring has been characterized by concerns and frustration, but at the same time by artistic drive, will, risk-taking, determination and new thinking, which is highly evident in the results presented here in the degree projects of spring 2020!
Klara Brynge, programme manager for Bachelor program in Jewellery Art
Read more about the Bachelor’s programme in Jewellery Art: hdk-valand.gu.se/english/education/bachelor-s-programmes/jewellery-art-bfa
It is with a great pleasure HDK-Valand, the master’s programme in Craft, present the final MFA Degree projects for Jewellery–, Textile– and Ceramic Art – 2020.
The Masters education at HDK-Valand, Department of Craft, is international and multidisciplinary welcoming students from all over the world with BA backgrounds in craft, fine art, design, and other related art educations. Thereby craft is questioned, challenged, and critically contextualized from many different perspectives giving it a voice and impact on our everyday present and future lives.
Craft is an artform closely related to the materials and the processes of making. The students at HDK-Valand, Department of Craft, intimately and iteratively synthesize ideas and theories with the physical shaping and forming of materials in their studios and specialized workshops.
This year with a worldwide pandemic, this has not been possible. With a lockdown of the university the students were interrupted in the middle of their projects. The teaching and planning changed drastically, as well as the form and content of their final degree projects. Despite being distanced from the studios and workshops, the MFA students at HDK– Valand, Department of Craft managed to adapt and complete their projects, including the presentation of their work for examination within a new digital framework.
The students achieved the educational requirements of the Masters programme in Craft, Jewellery-, Textile- and Ceramic art, producing high quality artworks and demonstrating that they are ready to cope with the many challenges they will meet as Craft practitioners outside the art school.
Congratulations to all.
Read more about the Master’s programme in Crafts, Jewellery Art: hdk-valand.gu.se/english/education/master/jewellery-art-mfa