Gemstones and Jewellery

7 weeks in Idar-Oberstein. A short review of Artist in Residence Julia Maria Künnap from Estonia

Julia Maria Künnap at the Stone Workshop of the Gemstones and Jewellery Departement in search of the spirit of a stone.

Julia Maria Künnap graduated in 2004 from the Estonian Academy of Arts, Jewellery Art Department under Prof Kadri Mälk. Before this she studied at Konstfack, Stockholm and in 2006 was the Artist in Residence at Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewellery in Florence. She has exhibited in various group exhibitions throughout Europe and won the renowned Herbert Hofmann Award in 2018. From 5th of March, she was Artist in Residence at the Jakob Bengel Monument and University of Trier, Campus Idar-Oberstein.

I arrived on Fat Tuesday and left a day before Good Friday. A symbolic time for spiritual observations and Idar-Oberstein with its quite atmosphere is a perfect place for that. Finally, away from my family, it was the time for solitude, time to hear and listen to my own thoughts. This solitude was mixed by happy and joyful time in the stone cutting workshop at the uni, by inspiring conversations with other artists, students and teachers. As one should never underestimate the importance of taking care of their body, I took advantage of the public swimming pool and when ever I felt stuck with my thoughts I went and swam for a half an hour. It was a perfect and much needed stay for me allowing me to make some important decisions. I'm really grateful for everybody who was involved making it possible.

/ Julia Maria Künnap



Agate Slice with a Picture Puzzle
Mistletoe from Idar-Oberstein
Home for 7 Weeks: The Artist in Residence Flat close to the Industrial Monument Bengel in Idar-Oberstein.
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