AMBERIF DESIGN AWARD 2018

22. INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR THE AMBER JEWELLERY DESIGN

As each year for more than 20 years now, the AMBERIF International Fair of Amber, Jewellery and Gemstones invites artists and designers from all over the world to spend some time with a piece of amber and present their interpretation of a competition motto, to stop and think a while and perhaps experience a moment of supreme creativity.

The aim of the competition is to promote amber as a goldsmith material and a source of artistic expression. The subject is to design original amber jewellery inspired by the competition’s theme, which this year is:

Serendipity

The accidental observation of something occasionally leads to surprising discoveries. For designers, a space for intuition and subjective expression opens up.

Perhaps this intuitive expression is based on archetypes, the fundamental motifs of human imagination?
Perhaps these results are based on associations from our own unconscious?

Amber appears in various colours and in observing its´ shapes it stimulates our creativity.
The self-explaining structures of the naturally grown material often are in strong contrast to the techniques we use. But nevertheless, sometimes we still succeed in making our intuition visible and tangible.
In our interpretation of amber and thru our interplay between nature, technique and intuition we can reach far beyond our reason and remind of something nobody knew yet.

 

Barbara Schmidt
curator of the contest