Ten years ago I apparently did a great trade without knowing it, -I sold a pair of cufflinks to a fun lady who came to my workshop. Little did I know that she would be thinking of me a decade later. Today she is running the well renowned webshop www.interiorfrue.no (interior wife) in which you can buy more or less anything exquisite nordic from furniture till clothes, and now also cufflinks.
So a couple of weeks ago she wrote me after all these years, and after that everything has been moving very fast. New friendships and people with lots of positive energy are my favorite things, and after a fun meeting in my workshop I jumped all in and designed a collection exclusively for her. She has written all about it in her blog : www.mokkasitt.com
Looking forward to work this way, and I am so relieved I made a good impression back in 2005. Check her out on:
The designs for Interiørfrue.no:
Just back from a great stay in New York in relation to an exhibition I was part of; Complete Parts. The show was right by The Highline in Chelsea, at The Highline Loft. It was a curated exhibition by DRAFTspace of 40 international jewelry designers, but more about that in a later blogpost.
I travelled with my friend Marlen Langeland Hagen, who is a painter and also runs the restaurant Jeppe at Stabekk. A great choice of companion it turned out since she had a great nose for sniffing up brilliant cafés and restaurants everywhere , with great help from a magic app called Foursquare. We stayed in Brooklyn through Airbnb at this fantastic town-house with the couple Silvano and Craig. They made us breakfast every morning in their spacious kitchen, and we had great conversations about every topic one can think of before we headed out to explore the city. I don´t think they have any trouble with getting guests, but we felt like we were really special, which we probably just weren´t:)
KGD goes MAD
When I travel I always bring some samples of my collection, in case I come over some good places where i would like to showcase my jewelry. This time I had even managed to set up a meeting with a wonderful woman who is in charge of LOOT, a famous jewelry event at MAD (Museum of Art and Design). It turned out that LOOT was already set for this year, but she thought my designs would suit the prestigious The Shop at the museum. So from this autumn on my jewelry will be found here, right by Central Park! Silvano, who is an accessories designer exclaimed that they were simply the best place in town to showcase jewelry:) Had some champagne that evening..
MAD has a most exquisite restaurant on the 9th floor, Robert, worth a visit
Biking in New York
We discovered New York had changed a great deal since last time, they have eventually grasped the idea that a flat city like New York should lend itself to bikes! They have a great bike path along the shore, lots of bike-lanes and it was surprisingly easy to cycle around Manhattan, Brooklyn and Williamsburg. At least not any worse than Oslo. They have the same system of renting Citibikes, great deal, great bikes, great day! In ten years I recon NY is bike-capital of USA.
In 2000 I was right out of art-college with my furniture design degree and on my way to settle down in New York with a job at SOM, -one of the largest architect companies in the world, situated on Wall Street. I had landed the job by pure accident and was pretty shell-shocked from the fact that I got a job I never applied for. But then, who can say no to a job in New York? The bag was packed, my flat was empty and the plane was booked and I was having the goodbye-beer with my friends.. But the world, and especially Wall Street was hit by two planes, my job went up in smoke, I decided to become a jewelry designer instead of a furniture designer, and here I am fifteen years later, going back, but not to Wall Street this time..
I have been invited to take part in the "Complete Parts" at the Highline Loft Gallery organized by DRAFTspace in June. The Highline is one of my favourite places in NY, -the remake of a derelict high trainline which runs through Chelsea into a long and narrow park. It is the most wonderful park I have ever been in, so having an exhibition in this area is just a dream coming true. The Highline Loft gallery is going to be a perfect place to stage a jewelry- show!
I will be going over the week beforehand to meet up with different galleries and shops, so if you are interested I will be in New York from 1.-7.06. Send me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will show my newest designs at the show, but will also bring quite a large part of my collections.
"DRAFTspace was established in 2013 by a dynamic team of professionals with extensive backgrounds in art, fashion, architecture, film and show production. Founders Jun H. Lee and Miyonne Lee combined their diverse experiences and interests to form DRAFTspace as a platform that allows outstanding artists and emerging designers to be discovered by influential industry connoisseurs. Since its inception, DRAFTspace has staged several successful events designed as conceptual presentations that engage viewers in an immersive experience of works of artists and designers in bold, unconventional ways. "
- from their website
Some weeks ago I had this miniature film-crew in my workshop. The brilliant photographer Jon Are Berg-Jacobsen is now also offering small videos which can be used in social media to promote businesses.
We had a great, fun day with lots of coffee and laughs. It is so much harder to work with a camera than I though, and I said an awful lot of "uhms" and "eh" and "ooohs" while trying to come up with some great statements, not to mention that i just can´t manage to look into the camera while thinking! But Jon Are managed to drag the essence out of me every time.
Enjoy this little video from my workshop, with some of my thoughts around designing jewelry.
( for you non-norwegians, you juts have to enjoy the images since I talk Norwegian )
Jon-Are Berg-Jacobsen is an all-round still and video photographer based in Oslo,Norway, doing editorial and commercial work. Great fun to work with, and really pleased with the result!
A while back I was contacted by knitting designer Linda Marveng concerning lending out some jewelry for a photoshoot with her designs. Since I know how much work it is organizing a photoshoot I was over the moon, and especially after seeing the great results. Lots of Norwegian designers were involved, and I am so grateful this this sharing community of designers I am part of. Big thanks to Linda Marveng for taking the trouble of hunting down all of us, and i really find the designs suiting each other, from the shoes by Monica Stålvang, buttons by Siri Berrefjord to the dresses by Judith Bech.
They were supposed to be outside that day, but because of dreadful weather the took refue in one of my all-time favourite restaurants; Hvalstrand bad. -A retro pearl of a location which has been renovated some years ago, and is now back to its former glory. So thanks to the weather, you get to know this hidden treasure instead.
The photoshoot was organized by the magazine Made by me, but which has now changed name to Familien Trend. I am seriously considering taking up knitting again after seeing these designs..
Linda Marveng : knitting designs
Judith Beck : dresses
Monika Stålvang : shoes
Siri Berrefjord : buttons
Eivind Røhne : photography
Sissel Fylling : hair and makeup
On Sunday the 14th me and five other designers had a fun little pre-xmas outlet downtown in the workshop of clothes designs Malin Håvarstein in Theresesgate 14. It is a tiny, tiny place, but we all crammed in with mulled wine brewing outside together with some wonderful cakes we ate too much of. The absolutely best part was the photoshop beforehand where we made the most out of my neighbors white balaclava and the fact that we were not revealing the location until the last week.
The other designers were Grannycords beaded wire for glasses, Ebeth bags, Vera & William underwear, Monica Stålvang shoes and Håvarstein clothes.
Thanks so much to wonderful Malin Håvarstein who cleared her workshop, made the mulled wine and organized the cakes (and more or less everything else)!
For the fifth time we opened our homes and studios for the public, and hundreds of visitors came this year as well I always get the nerves before opening, but after ten minutes they started pouring in! The atmosphere was so nice with curious neighbors, friends and even people traveling across town and from other cities. They had to organize a queuing system for the "cast you own pewter-jewellery".
The kids here has become very active during the open day, and some organized a campfire outside with sausages and "pinnebrød", what a hit! My kids had a "draw your own button" workshop, one sold ecological seeds, others homemade door decorations, buns and even our local newspaper "Trolltunposten" come out in time for the open day.
I have so many talented neighbors, working in all different materials and techniques of the arts, and I hope the visitors appreciate that they can experience such variety from one studio to the next. Thye have already started to ask whether we will open again next year, and I guess we will:)
Read more about our neighborhood and open day here
Here are som snapshots done by a visitor Lars Aarønæs, I hardly left my space, surviving the day eating clementines and drinking coffee.
Siden 2002 har det å ha stand på Designernes eget julemarked vært en tradisjon, her har jeg møtt utrolig mange hyggelige designere og kunder. Har sett unge designere bli kjente designere, hatt to barn i babybjørn og hatt mine runder i alle etasjer.
Husker første året da Håkon og Mette Marit kom og jeg holdt på å dåne av angst, Norway Designs kom og ønsket å kjøpe mansjettknappene mine og jeg dro hjem med noe jeg syntes var svimlende summer. Siden har Dejm vært mitt eneste marked, litt av nostalgi, litt av tradisjon og litt fordi det er utrolig hyggelig å endelig møte alle dere.
Det er mye snakk om å kjøpe lokalt og satse på lokalt håndverk og design. Dejm er det perfekte stedet for en julehandel som gleder, holder liv i og som gir, iallefall i mitt tilfelle, unge designere mot til å satse videre.
I was contacted a little while ago asked whether I would lend some of my jewelry to a photoshoot with Leila Hafzi´s new pret-a-porter collection for her new popupstore at Steen og Strøm in Oslo, which opens the 20.11. Of course I would!
Leila is famous for amazing photoshoots with extremely talented people. This time she used :
Model photo : Dag Knudsen
Hair: Barbro Sørlien / Billy's Bumble and bumble
Makeup : Sølvi Strifeldt / www.strifeldt.net
Model : Veronica Andersson / Heartbreak Oslo
Jewellery: KGD-kaja gjedebo design
First time I met Leila we were both pretty new designers trying to sell our designs at an outdoor sunday market at Blå. She was one of the few who liked some of my more untraditional designs, and I remember trading them for a wonderful green woolen sweater. Next time I heard of her her dresses were on the red carpet all over Hollywood!
I am so proud that a Norwegian designer was one of the first to start working with the ethical and ecological aspects of the clothes industry. Leila does a fantastic job, and now you can buy these amazing designs for a short period of time at Steen og Strøm.
(If you like the jewelry you know who to contact:)
instagram - @LEILAHAFZiOSLO
LEILA HAFZI Pop Up Shop
Steen & Strøm Magasin, 3rd floor
Nedre Slottsgate 8, Oslo
Monday - Friday 10-19
KGD - kaja gjedebo design
I have been working as an artist and jewellery designer since 2002, after graduating as a furniture designer from Edinburgh College of Art in 1999.