Ted Noten, interesting contemporary Dutch jewellery designer

October 14, 2009 | No Comments

Ted Noten, to my opinion one of the most impressive contemporary Dutch conceptual designers alive.

Born in 1956 in Tegelen, The Netherlands, and now living in Amsterdam, educated jewellery designer at the Academy of Art in Maastricht (from 1983 until 1986) and later at the Rietveld Academy of Art in Amsterdam (1986 until 1990).  He got fame by his extraordinary “bags” creations of moulded objects, like a snuff of cocaine, dead little mouse with minuscule pearl chain & real pistols, in a transparent acrylic substance (Chem. formula: (CH2=C(CH3)C(=O)(CH3) ). This transparent chemical substance is in the design of the same importance as the object placed within it & impact to the total design. In meantime he has won many prizes and had solo-exhibitions all over the world from Moscow up to Tokyo.

His work  leaded to a lot of commotion. For example his object “The Pistol Saints”, a gold plated fake pistol that was exhibiting in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, which was destroyed by the Police due to the fact it was by law (Weapons & Munitions) a forbidden weapon.  So where also some Mercedes (cars), through the eyes of Ted Noten a sign of too much show-off symbols of prosperity, and therefore saw up into brooches. He also organized a manifest “chew-your-own-brooch”, in The Booijmans van Beuningen Museum Rotterdam, where the visitors where asked to chew a strip of Wrigley’s, chewing gum, up to “a piece”. Then this object was sent back, as a gold plated silver piece, to the creator.

For more information about his collection, agenda of exhibitions, portfolio etc. please take a look at; www.tednoten.com

If you seriously interested in acrylic techniques on Academy of Art level, please take a look at the workshops of  www.ruudtpeters.nl .


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Margriet Sopers

Margriet Sopers, FGA

Having a diploma in jewellery, FGA and a propaedeutic of the Academy of Art followed-up by interesting years as a jewellery expert at Sotheby's & Gemeentelijke Krediet Bank, as well as being a member for years of the Society of Jewellery Historians, I am glad to share with you today's world of jewellery.

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