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Bronzesickles

Bronze nylon with African turquoise and moonsickles,
bronze sequins and aubergine pearls, 28cm diameter
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Bronzesickles

Bronze nylon with African turquoise and moonsickles,
bronze sequins and aubergine pearls, 28cm diameter
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Gold torc with black cluster of sickles and gold beaded ring with black moonsickles

Brass wire with beads and moonsickles,black sequins, 24cm diameter
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Gold torc with black cluster of sickles and
gold beaded ring with black moonsickles

Brass wire with beads and moonsickles,
black sequins, 24cm diameter
Photographer, Rory Moore

jewellery/seodra

Sonja Landweer

sonja landweer‘s practice has developed through a close understanding of the natural world. Her forms, laden with intensity and fragility are evocative of subtle balances found in nature. Working in contemporary jewellery and body sculpture since the early 1960s, she has pioneered designs using beads, slate, wood, paper, feathers, bone, leather, plastic, ceramic and other fibres. Landweer has been instrumental in changing perceptions of what can be worn as personal adornment without using precious metals. In the 1990s she developed unusual techniques of knotted monofilament, inspired by a winter visit to Crete, where she was drawn to prickly, skeletal structures of plant remains, organised around otherwise empty spaces. Her recent forms incorporate large sequins and semi-precious stones, together with gold crimped nylon to form exquisite objects of jewellery and body sculpture.

Landweer studied at the Amsterdam School of Industrial Design, following which she was apprenticed to Zaalberg Pottery in 1952-53. In 1965 she was invited to Ireland to set up a ceramic studio at Kilkenny Design Workshop. She tutored in various art colleges in Ireland and UK between 1972 and 1996. Landweer is renowned internationally for her jewellery, bronze and ceramic work and is based in Co. Kilkenny.

Collections

Textile Museum, The Netherlands
National Museum of Ireland
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2011 A Life’s Work, Visual Art Centre, Carlow
2005 Knottings, Brigitte Moser Gallery, Zug, Switzerland
2004 Retrospective, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2002 Retrospective, Designyard, Templebar, Dublin
2001 Surprise – Surprise Body Adornment, Rudolf Heltzel Gallery, Kilkenny
1998 Cretan Knots – Nerve Ends, Franshals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands, Knots, Monofilament, Museum Textil Forum, Jutland, Denmark
1997 Cretan Knots, Gallerie Tactus, Copenhagen, Denmark
1996 Cretan Journey, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny
1993 Slate and Bone, Brigitte Moser Gallery, Zug, Switzerland
1991 Inlaid Stoneware, Leather and Textile Fibre, Rudolf Heltzel Gallery, Kilkenny
1990 Paper Rhythms, Rudolf Heltzel Gallery, Kilkenny, Sculptural Body Pieces in Paper and Slate Combined with Bone, Ulster Museum, Belfast
1989 Arcane Ornament, Paper and Slate Body Sculpture, Taylor Gallery, Dublin, Lightweight Adornment Tissue Paper and Handmade Paper, Taylor Gallery, Dublin
1988 Body Sculpture: Inlaid Clay, Rudolf Heltzel Gallery, Kilkenny

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

2013 Future Beauty?, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2012-2013 Out of the Marvellous, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny and Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
2011 21st Century Icons, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny and Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin
2009 Herinner-Ring : Remember-Ring, Gallery Expoarte, Oslo, Norway; Sandström Dewit, Linköping, Sweden; Galerie Cebra, Düsseldorf, Germany; National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2008 Herinner-Ring : Remember-Ring, Galerie Beeld en Aambeeld, Enschede, The Netherlands, Image of Longing, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2007 SOFA Chicago, USA, Sierwerk, Museum Nairac, Barneveld, The Netherlands
2006 Ballade Irlandaise, Embargo Gallery, Paris, France SOFA Chicago, USA, Fenton Gallery, Cork, Gallery Ra, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, More than Metal, Ulster Museum, Belfast
2005 Quartets in Materials, RAI Jewellery, Silver and Design Fair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2005-2008 Irish Craft Portfolio, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

Gallery Representation

Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin

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