Melting Point – Valencia 2018

During the fourth edition of the international biennial Melting Point in Valencia many exhibitions, conferences and events took place – among them were the two exhibitions ”If it was blue as the sky, we would love each other” and “Platina for Pleasure”.


Melting Point 2018 flyer


Sofia Björkman is a jewellery artist from Stockholm in Sweden. After graduation from Konstfack 1998 she started PLATINA, a gallery and studio for contemporary national and international jewelry art. Since then she has been working with jewellery art, as an artist, as a gallery owner and as a curator combined with all kinds of activities within the jewellery field.

During Melting Point in Valencia 2018 Sofia Björkman organized two exhibitions at the González Martí National Museum of Ceramics and Decorative Arts. One of the exhibitions was a solo with her own work, the other was a curated group exhibition including ten artists from PLATINA.


April 26 – May 7
González Martí National Museum of Ceramics and Decorative Arts,
Carrer del Poeta Querol, 2, València

Lecture with Sofia Björkman: “Eighteen years with PLATINA”
Friday 27th of April, EASD, Escola d’Art I Superior de Disseny de Valencia


Opening at González Martí National Museum of Ceramics and Decorative Arts

Opening at González Martí National Museum of Ceramics and Decorative Arts


Platina for Pleasure
Artists: Karin Roy Andersson (SE), Christer Jonsson (SE), Hanna Hedman (SE), Aud Charlotte Ho Sook Sinding (NO/SE), Hanna Liljenberg (SE), Anna Norrgrann (SE), Helena Sandström (SE), Andrea Wagner (NL),
Mallory Weston (US), Annika Åkerfelt (FI/SE). Curator: Sofia Björkman

The title of the exhibition, PLATINA for pleasure, speaks of the most basic force that underlies the choices we make in life. The word pleasure describes the broad class of mental states that we experience as positive, enjoyable, or worth seeking. Many pleasurable experiences are associated with satisfying basic biological drives, but also social experiences and daily work. To make changes, to express joy or sadness, to speak up and highlight issues are ways to give different perspectives on life. The chosen artists for this exhibition were selected because of their very special ways of describing various content in life. They also play different roles in the curators’ professional life. Christer Jonsson was Sofia Björkman’s professor when she graduated and received her master in fine arts. Aud Charlotte Ho Sook Sinding was an artist that early on made strong impact but tragically passed away too young. Most of the artists are based in Sweden, but the gallery has always exhibited international artists. Andrea Wagner and Sofia Björkman met at a workshop in Holland and Mallory Weston from USA exhibited recently in the gallery in Stockholm.

Jewellery by Karin Roy Andersson

Necklace, brooches and earrings by Karin Roy Andersson, in the back; pendants and brooches by Anna Norrgrann

What has the bird done? Neckpieces by Sofia BjörkmanWhat has the bird done? Neckpieces by Sofia Björkman


If it was blue as the sky, we would love each other
Artist: Sofia Björkman

In Sofia Björkmans’ solo exhibition “If it was blue as the sky, we would love each other” she showed works that have been made the last ten years. In her profession she meets a lot of people that comment and give critique of what they see. This influences her, and sometimes she even let comments be a part in her artistic practice. This is a way for her to understand works and to express the experience being an artist and a curator at the same time. She says that wearable jewellery can easily be moved from one context to another and can therefore cause other reactions than exhibited in art environments. Mobility and flexibility broaden a piece’s potential of having impact and eliciting various reactions.

Sofia Björkman in front of her wall installation What has the bird done?

 Sofia Björkman in front of her wall installation What has the bird done?


Pendants and brooch by Sofia Björkman

 Pendants and brooch by Sofia Björkman


During Melting point I also participated in Joyas cruzadas at Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània a jewellery event aiming to make contemporary jewellery visible to the common public. During one hour all the participants walked around in the exhibition space wearing each other’s jewellery pieces. The goal was to generate complicity between the pieces, the models, the casual visitors and the audience of the Melting Point festival, while at the same time awakening curiosity and generating debate about the space of contemporary jewelry. The visitors of the museum were invited to take part in a kind of quiz where the task was to match the right piece of jewellery with information such as material, weight and title listed on the questionnaire.


Joyas Cruzadas at Centre del Carme Cultura ContemporàniaJoyas Cruzadas at Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània


As always in the world of art jewellery one of the best thing was to get to spend some time with my absolutely fabulos colleagues. Thank you everyone – you rock like sparkling diamonds!


Happy jewellers



Tendenser – Give it Time

Tendenser 2018 Give it time flyer MossBreak Blower /Pausblåsare, 2017 by Sissi Westerberg


The exhibition “Give it Time” explore the various ways in which craft is experienced, the focus is time – daily rhythms, the momentary, and the on-going. I was invited by the curator Stephen Knott to participate with a series of self-portraits that I made in 2011. At that time I consumed an enormous amount of chewing-gums. The repeated persistent movement of the jaws was somehow accompanying my working rhythm – keeping my, often monotone work at a steady pace.


A Constant Grinding V 2018 Karin Roy Andersson

A Constant Grinding V, 2018, necklace by Karin Roy Andersson. Gum base, softeners, sweeteners, flavourings, paper, silk.


The exhibition opened at Galleri F15 /Punkt Ø on Saturday 24th and beside my chewing-gum necklaces you could see some very interesting, clever, thoughtful, poetic and fun work by Aslaug M. Juliussen (NO), Daniel Peltz (SE/US), Felieke van der Leest (NL/NO), Jenny Nordberg (SE), Kari Steihaug (NO), Mikkel Wettre (NO), Silo Studio (UK), Sissi Westerberg (SE), Sonja Löfgren (FI), Sophie Hanagarth (CH), TEXAS (NO) and Unndór Egill Jónsson (IS)

Tendenser 2018 give it time collage Moss

Upper left: Performance by Silo Studio

Tendenser 2018 Give it time Opening Moss

Tendenser 2018 Give it time display A Constant Grinding Moss


Munich Jewellery Week 2018

As a jeweller Christmas always comes twice a year. My favourite one usually happens in March – and so it did this year. I just returned from the Munich Jewellery Week and although I was completely knocked out by something that apparently caught a lot of incautious jewellery people, I came back with a big fat smile! A week of incredible pieces and exhibitions, fun happenings and above all this irresistible group of colleagues and friends that makes the jewellery world such a unique place (well worth a few hours of sickness).


collage mjw2018

BKV Preis 2018


Saturday 17th the winner of the BKV Preis was announced, and I was the very happy winner.


AJF Artist Award finalists 2018, photo Sofia Björkman

I am also very proud to be one of the AJF Artist Award finalists. Here together with the others – Jelizaveta Suska, Corrina Goutos, Aurélie Guillaume, AJF’s executive director Rebekah Frank and the winner Bifei Cao. The photo is by Sofia Björkman who showed our work in Platina’s booth at the Internationale Handwerkmesse in Munich.

AJF Award 2018 Flyer Platina

From March 17th – 28th the finalists and the winner were also shown at gallery Platina in Stockholm where me and Jelizaveta Suska had an artist talk moderated by Agnieszka Knap March 20th.

AJF Award artist talk Platina


European Triennial of Contemporary Jewellery in Gustavsberg

This exhibition that was shown in Mons, Belgium last October opened a few weeks ago at Gustavsbergs Konsthall. The exhibition, shows 45 artist from Sweden Belgium and France and the Swedish contribution has been curated by Sofia Björkman. Until May 13th you have the chance to see a wide range of expressions, materials and concepts in Värmdö.

Opening at Gustavsbergs Konsthall

Opening of the European Triennial of Contemporary Jewellery at Gustavsbergs Konsthall

Skinny Love III, brooch Karin Roy Andersson

Skinny Love III, 2017, by Karin Roy Andersson, brooch, recycled plastics (soap bottles), thread and steel.


The joy of repetition – workshop in Beirut

Crative Space Beirut The Joy of Repetition


Some time ago I was invited to make a workshop at the art and design school Beirut Creative Space. The school offers courses to students who can’t afford the, often expensive, design courses available in Lebanon. The students come from different parts of the country and also from refugee camps. The criteria to get accepted at the school are talent, artistic expression and an ambition to work and to make a living from a creative profession.


Creative Space Beirut The Joy of Repetition

The school encourages innovation and aims to address the individual’s individual qualities – allowing their different backgrounds to contribute to group dynamics and stimulate development. The goal is to give the students artistic confidence and tools to transform their talent into a profession. Later on another organisation Starch Foundation joined the project. Starch offers a program for newly educated designers that supports and guides them in the beginning of their carriers and a few of their participants also joined the workshop.

Crative Space Beirut The Joy of Repetition

The school is located in the middle of Beirut’s shopping district and the school and the small shop connected becomes an oasis with personal, small-scale craft in the middle of the big international luxury brands.

Crative Space Beirut The Joy of Repetition

This was my first time teaching a workshop. I arrived a couple of days before it started and had the chance to see the school and meet with the teachers. The course started on Monday and ended with a presentation on Friday. During the five days the students worked on the theme “The Joy of Repetition”, they were free to use any material they wanted and the outcome didn’t necessarily had to be a finished piece – the plan was more to open up for ideas and that the workshop could be a starting point and an inspiration for future work.

Crative Space Beirut The Joy of Repetition

Some of the materials

The students all dived right into the task and I was quite impressed by their enthusiasm. Five days is a very short time – especially if you want to make work on this particular theme but I must say that the result was beyond my expectations and I hope to see how their different projects evolves after this week.


Creative Spave Beirut The Joy of Repetition

Work in progress

There is something hypnotic and magnetic about repetitions – rhythms and patterns floating over a surface or thousands of small details building dynamic volumes. The theme for the workshop was multiplicity and repetitions and we were working with materials such as textile, plastics, prefabricated beads and metal parts. Most of the pieces and sketches had a connection to a wearer and a body but making a finished piece of clothes or jewellery was not the main goal.


Crative Space Beirut The Joy of Repetition

The studio cat


The project was made with support from IASPIS
The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists


Ögonstenar / Apple of my eye

Necklace by Karin Gyllerfelt

Necklace, 2009, fabric by Karin Gyllerfelt, photo: Kristian Pohl


Kammaren is a new gallery in Lund, and the exhibition Ögonstenar / Apple of my eye was the first exhibition. 33 artists working with materials like gold, silver, hair, seashells, wood, soil, coal and paper were invited, and my necklace “A Constant Grinding” made of galia melon seeds, textile and brass was one of the pieces on display.

A Constant Grinding, necklace by Karin Roy AnderssonA Constant Grinding, 2012, necklace, Galia melon seeds, textile, brass by Karin Roy Andersson


The exhibition is a cooperation between Pia Stael von Holstein, Staffan Bengtsson and Sofia Björkman and the other artists are Rut-Malin Barklund, Lena Bergestad Jonsson, Dovile Bernardisiute, Lisa Björke, Sofia Björkman, Rebecca Deans, Jenny Edlund, Sonja Ekman, Linnea Eriksson, Adam Grinovich, Karin Gyllerfelt, Castello Hansen, Daniela Hedman, Hanna Hedman, Aud Charlotte Ho Sook Sinding, Catarina Hällzon, Agnes Larsson, Mia Larsson, Hanna Liljenberg, Helena Johansson Lindell, Helena Lindholm, Agnieszka Knap, Åsa Lockner, Anna Norrgrann, Lena Olson, Chatrine Rinman, Margareth Sandström, Sanna Svedestedt Carboo, Ulrika Svärd, Mona Wallström, Annika Åkerfelt, Amanda Åkermo


Vernissage Kammaren LundImages from the opening 2nd of December in Lund

Vernissage Kammaren Lund

Vernissage Kammaren Lund



European Triennial of Contemporary Jewellery

As one of a group of 15 Swedish artists, I was invited to take part of the 6th edition of the European Triennial of Contemporary Jewellery. The exhibition is arranged by WCC-BF and includes work by artists from Belgium and two other European countries – this year France and Sweden.


In contemporary jewellery wearable objects are used as visual expressions. Material and technique leads to personal translations of our time. Many of the artists take interest in reuse and upcycling, gender issues, environment and social involvement. The curator of the Swedish delegation, jewellery artist Sofia Björkman has been looking at what Swedish artists in the field has been creating the last years and made a selection that reflects these different themes.

 European Triennial of Contemporary Jewellery, display at Anciens Abattoirs in Mons 

Presentation by the Swedish curator and jewellery artist Sofia Björkman

Grand Place de Mons


On the 27th of October the exhibition opened in an old slaughterhouse where the hooks and steel constructions in the ceiling spoke about the history of the building – Anciens Abattoirs. The exhibition runs until 4th of February and will then travel to Gustavsbergs Konsthall where I hope to see you on the 17th the same month!

Fjällfink, brooch, 2017 by Karin Roy AnderssonFjällfink, 2017, brooch on display at European Triennial of Contemporary Jewellery by Karin Roy Andersson made of recycled plastics (soap bottles), textile and steel. Model Ammeli Engström



Participating artists

Clarisse Bruynbroeck • Liesbet Bussche • Isabelle Carpentier • Frédérique Coomans • Clémentine Correzzola • Bernard François • Max Gielis • Jonathan Hens • Lodie Kardouss • Jorge Manilla • Patrick Marchal • Dimitar Stankov • Sébastien Vandekerckhove • Octave Vandeweghe • Eve Wolfs. Curator: Françoise Vanderauwera

Marianne Anselin • Stella Bierrenbach • Babette Boucher • Monika Brugger • Sébastien Carré • Marion Delarue • Marine Dominiczak • Sophie Hanagarth • Florence Lehmann • Isabelle Leourier • Marie Masson • Nathalie Perret • Galatée Pestre • Céline Sylvestre • Laurence Verdier. Curator: Brune Boyer

A5 (Adam Grinovich & Annika Pettersson) • Tobias Alm • Lisa Björke • Linnéa Eriksson • Mia Fkih Mabrouk • Catarina Hällzon • Helena Johansson Lindell • Agnieszka Knap • Agnes Larsson • Li Liang • Kajsa Lindberg • Karin Roy Andersson • Jelizaveta Suska • Sanna Svedestedt Carboo • Johanna Törnqvist. Curator: Sofia Björkman

The trip to Mons was made with support by Iaspis – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists












SMACK and Joya

When temperature is moving resolutely downwards here in Göteborg it is useful to have a good reason to visit Barcelona. Last year I won the Enjoya’t award. The prize included a stand at Joya – Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair this year. In the beginning of October when it’s getting darker and darker and when the rain and wind does its best to crawl under your skin a trip to the capital of Catalunya seams like the perfect prize!

smack 2017 poster


Connected to Joya there is a satellite program; Offjoya and together with four fantastic colleagues we will also present an exhibition at Ingallery.

Some ingredients are essential to make work. A mix of interesting ideas, good materials, supportive colleagues, energy giving snacks, the right tools at the right time and then SMACK! There you have it!

SMACK is also the first letters of the names of Sofia Björkman, Matt Lambert, Agnieszka Knap, Carlos Silva and me Karin Roy Andersson, and between 4th an d20th of October we will be showing some SMACKing jewellery in Barcelona. Hope to see you there!


Sofia Bjorkman brooch

Sofia Björkman, Fish, brooch, 2017, polycarbonate, steel. Photo: Urban Jörén

Matt Lambert necklace

Matt Lambert, PickAxe 3, necklace, mirrored acrylic and leather

Agnieszka Knap brooch

Agnieszka Knap, A Rose That Is Bleeding Out Its Ears, 2015, brooch, enameled cupper, painted aluminum, silver

Carlos Silva pendant

Carlos Silva, Untitled, necklace (4), 2017, charcoal, foam, copper, paint and silicone thread

Shale IV, Brooch 2017, Karin Roy Andersson

Karin Roy Andersson, Shale IV, 2017, brooch, recycled plastics (from flower pots and soap bottles), thread, steel




In a couple of days I will be setting up a new exhibition together with Linnéa Eriksson and Hanna Liljenberg at Galleri Koch.

Warmly welcome!





All cats are grey in the dark. Objects reflect and are affected by the environment. A room, a smell or a certain sound can renew how the object is interpret. When it comes to jewellery the changes become visible when the pieces moves from the often rough, unpolished workshop, to a box covered in bubble wrap in which it is sent away to later be picked up in a gallery or a museum. Surrounded by white walls and often behind glass they are displayed in a clean, sometimes almost sterile setting. Then – when the pieces are brought out to be hanged around a neck or attached to a jacket a new shift takes place. The object colour the person and the jewellery reflects the wearer.

Our jewellery pieces gives an insight into our everyday life. Look carefully and you will see the craft; hours of sawing, cutting and polishing, stitches, hammer strokes and filing – working hours that we often share in our workshop at Four in Göteborg. After working together for nearly ten years our different individual expressions has influenced each other. Now we are letting Galleri Koch and you – the visitors – to make an impression.


Opening: September 2nd 11-15
The exhibition runs until: September 23rd

Address: Kulturhuset Fregatten
Fregatten 2, 444 30 Stenungsund, Sweden


Sastrugi, necklace 2017, Karin Roy Andersson

Karin Roy Andersson, Sastrugi, 2017, necklace, recycled plastics (from mayonnaise bucket), thread, steel, 25 x 25 x 4 cm

 Connect L Eriksson

Linnéa Eriksson, Connect, 2016, brooch, steel, silver, spray paint, 9 x 5 x 4,5 cm

Hanna Liljenberg, untitled (from the decay-series) 2017 brooch, paper, silver, steel, acrylic paint, lacquer, 20 x 12 x 7 cm

Kröse, brooch, 2017, Karin Roy Andersson

Karin Roy Andersson, Krös, 2017, brooch, recycled plastics (from bread box), thread, steel, 11 x 11 x 4 cm

Linnéa Eriksson, Connect, 2016, brooch, steel, silver, spray paint, 9 x 9 x 3 cm

H Liljenberg

Hanna Liljenberg, untitled (from the decay-series) 2017 brooch, iron, silver, steel, oil color, varnish, 19 x 10 x 8 cm





In Hot Water


In Hot Water Illustration Jessica Hughes

Illustration by Jessica Hughes


The world of contemporary jewellery is full of connections, contacts and collaborations. Some reach over long distances, some you find very close. Lauren Tickle-Tietje presented her solo-show “Is it Legal?” at Four in Göteborg 2015 and Kevin Hughes opened “The Good Old Boys” a year later. These American visits not only resulted in two very appreciated exhibitions but also new friendships.

Hanna Liljenberg and I have been a strong team since we discovered a shared interest for Christmas carols and mulled wine during our study years at HDK and we have been working more or less shoulder to shoulder ever since.

The exhibition “In Hot Water” will show three different collaborations; one happening over a long period of time, built on an exchange of ideas and objects, one that has been very close and intense and where Hanna and I have created pieces by mixing “our” materials, techniques and ideas, and finally one where the four of us, with help from family and friends, are making the actual exhibition.

In Hot Water
This event during SNAG Nexus: A Connection of Ideas will include a joint exhibition of two separate collaborations featuring four artists, as well as introducing people to Louisiana’s most loved food: crawfish.

Exhibition: The First paring of collaborators is Kevin Hughes and Lauren Tickle-Tietje. This collaboration started in 2010 and was resumed specifically for this exhibition. Kevin and Lauren are sending both text and objects to one another in order to expand their conceptual vocabulary within the field of jewelry. The second pairing is between Karin Roy Andersson and Hanna Liljenberg. Karin and Hanna have been working alongside each other for almost ten years. “During that time we have discovered that our work has a lot in common. We have both had a desire to steal each others ideas and shapes to use in our own practices.” Combining elements from each other’s work to freely use, recreate, and modify earlier projects to result in a hybrid of the two collaborators.

Boil: Crawfish boils are a local cultural phenomenon. At boils, the crawfish are placed on tables in piles, an overabundant display. By having this boil during SNAG many members will be able to join together to enjoy great company while seeing new work from four art jewelers. The boil food will be served between 8:30-10:00pm and will include crawfish, potatoes, and a number of vegetables in a special boil seasoning. Two beers are also included with your ticket purchase. [Please note if you are a vegetarian boiled vegetables with the boil seasoning will be served to you.] Tickets must be purchased in advance. The boil will take place on Thursday evening during SNAG’s gallery crawl.

Exhibition Dates and Times
Thursday: Opening May 25, 2017 6pm-10pm. May 26-27 noon to 9pm


In Hot Water Vengsøya, necklace, Hanna Liljenberg, Karin Roy Andersson

Vengsøya, necklace, 2017, recycled plastics, paper, tread, silver by Hanna Liljenberg & Karin Roy Andersson

In Hot Water Saltholmen, necklace, Hanna Liljenberg, Karin Roy Andersson

Saltholmen, necklace, 2017, recycled plastics, paper, tread, silver by Hanna Liljenberg & Karin Roy Andersson

In Hot Water Defy, pendant, Kevin HughesDefy, pendant, 2017, brass, 5cm x 5cm x .5cm, by Kevin Hughes

In Hot Water Fractured Time, necklace, Lauren Tickle-TietjeFractured Time, necklace, 2017, silver, 1.27 x 22.86 x 35.56 by Lauren Tickle-Tietje

In Hot Water A Special Piece for Ignatius Reilly, necklace, Lauren Tickle-Tietje

A Special Piece for Ignatius Reilly, neckpiece, 2017, wood and brass, by Lauren Tickle-Tietje

This project was supported by Svensk Form i Väst

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