Photo: Cindy Damen, Martijnje Cornelia.
EN/GR While jewellery art tacitly promotes the concept of eternity, young designer Martijntje Cornelia of Rotterdam works on the ideal of embracing the ephemeral. According to Heraclitus: “No man ever steps in the same river twice”, while the Eastern school of thought seeks and finds freedom in the experience of “Here & Now”. In our contemporary social context, Martijnje’s work is about accepting and welcoming change.
1. What is the purpose behind your work or why do you make this kind of jewellery?
The purpose behind my work is on the one hand to challenge people to think clearly about wearing my jewellery. I want people to treat my jewellery as something extremely valuable, also because they are as fragile as you treat them.
On the other hand I would also like people to understand the changeable character as something positive instead of something negative. The only way to do something like that is, as a wearer of my jewellery, surrender to the material and be surprised with every change that is coming.
Often I choose to make a ring, because this is the most beautiful and personal piece of jewellery. And it is also the most unhandy part of the body to choose when you are making fragile pieces like I do and that makes wearing my jewellery more interesting and challenging.
The purpose behind choosing for Cotton Candy is because the changeable beauty of it.
2. If you had a magic stick, what would you like to change in the jewellery world/market?
I’m not completely sure yet, because I’m at the beginning of entering the jewellery world/ market.
My first impression is that a big part of the jewellery world is afraid and sometimes a little bit boring.
I would like to use the magic stick and let the jewellery world/market dare to and go for an overall experience instead of only showing people jewels. There is so much more behind jewellery.
For example: if one piece tells a story, why not show this complete story. Make it an experience. Let people feel the jewellery. Why not make collaborations between artist, jewellery artists, designers, photographers, and painters?
Let’s make the “dirty” word jewellery designer more important, interesting and challenging.
I have to say that Myths is the first meeting with the jewellery world and I’m firmly behind the vision of Myths Test Drive.
3. What would you like visitors in Munich to tell about your work?
First I want to surprise them. That the jewels are made of cotton candy. I want to let them touch a big piece of cotton candy so they can feel how the material is. And especially that it is okay if it changes. It stays a difficult concept to convince people the changeable character is positive, but I’m determined to change the ‘it has to stay forever ’ thinking into ‘how fun it’s changeable’ thinking.
4. How do you envision yourself in one year after Munich Jewellery Week 2016?
My envision in one year after Munich Jewellery Week 2016 is that I convinced more and more people / jewellery world about my concept. That I deepen the changeable character, for example, making jewels that are entirely changeable. Not only the piece of cotton candy, but also the base. Last but not least, that the entire world knows I’m a specialized artisan with cotton candy.
5. Who are the artists you admire? (all disciplines)
Elspeth Diederix, fine artist: because she enlightens things around us that normally wouldn’t stand out. Daily objects or things we just see as a part of our life, for example a plastic bottle. Elspeth gives these daily moments/objects a stage. This kind of photography let me look differently to the world. Elize Mul, philosopher: she also gives a stage to something daily like a plastic bag. She makes me aware of the surroundings. Looking different to every object, material you see as normal. She devoted an entire book to a plastic bag.
Tamara van San, fine artist: because of her bright colourful work. It makes me happy like a child. Every time I see her work I want to make beautiful things. Also because her concept is having no concept. These tiny choices in life/ work can make big different. It makes me aware of the fact that it doesn’t always have to be difficult. Just do and something will follow.
Alessandro Bariccp, Mr Gwyn. A book that showed me a different perspective on writing and being an artist. This book is about a writer who wants to write portraits. I can’t explain more, but this book stuck with me.
Arielle de Pinto, jewellery artist: She is the first person in jewellery that made me enthusiastic about this field. She is actually the opposite in concept to me. She stands for jewellery, which is very easy to wear, everyday and even in your sleep. The technique she is using and taught herself is something that I can admire and want to achieve something like that as well. Only than with cotton candy
Nathalie Smith, jewellery artist: Her story is something I completely understand and firmly behind. But I want to make
another step in making jewellery that is changeable. I want jewellery that can totally disappear. Catarina Hallzon, jewellery artist: This artist reached my list last year. I saw her in the book of Contemporary Swedish Jewellery and I’m totally fond of her brooch with perch skin. She is a jewellery artist who dares to make jewels, which can wither away. For example the delicate animal parts will wither away and only a silver carcass will remains. She also questions perception of time, which is for me a very interesting question.
This is my list so far. Of course there are thousands of others that I admire, but these artists are most dear to me at this moment.
6. Your source of inspiration?
Cotton Candy. My inspiration starts with the discovery of this particular material. It sounds delimited, but for me this is the starting point of my inspiration. Another source for me are the surroundings. Sometimes I work in public spaces, both in order as experimental, with Cotton Candy. Therefore the public spaces are also a source of inspiration. For example, how two different areas like a cinema as a public space and Cotton Candy can come together or not. The remains (included dirty parts on the cotton candy pieces from the particular public space) are eventually pieces that I take home and transform into something wearable.
7. If you were not a jewellery artist, what would you have liked to be?
Creative Therapist and work with child soldiers.
Η νεαρή δημιουργός Martijntje Cornelia από το Ρότερνταμ εμπιστεύτηκε τους Μύθους 2016 – Τεστ Ντράιβ για να παρουσιάσει το δικό της διαδραστικό πείραμα με το κοινό: κοσμήματα από μαλλί της γριάς που μεταβάλλονται με την χρήση.
Ενώ το κόσμημα είναι εκ προοιμίου ένα είδος τέχνης που εμπεριέχει την έννοια (και την υπόσχεση) της αιωνιότητας, η Μαρτίνε παίζει με την έννοια του εφήμερου. Δεν μπορείς να μπεις δύο φορές στον ίδιο ποταμό, είπε ο Ηράκλειτος, ενώ πολλές σχολές σκέψης της Απω Ανατολής τονίζουν τη σημασία του Εδώ και Τώρα για τη συνειδητή ζωή του ανθρώπου.