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Emil Gustafsson Jewellery Art

About me

My name is Emil Gustafsson and I am a Swedish artist living and working in Oslo, Norway, where I recieved an MFA from the national art academy (KHiO).

Munich, here I come!

Exhibitions Posted on Mon, November 16, 2015 23:13:41

I have been selected to participate in Schmuck 2016. I consider this a great honour especially since I thought that there was no way in hell that I would be accepted.

The exhibition can be read about at

The masters project.

Exhibitions Posted on Tue, October 27, 2015 22:26:11

I forgot that I promised to post some pics of my masters project. So, here they come:

(Technical edit: Click on a pic, scroll down a bit and leaf through the pics there.)

Since I have not updated in a while

Research Posted on Tue, October 27, 2015 22:20:27

Here is about five years worth of sketches.

Finished MFA studies.

Research Posted on Thu, July 02, 2015 23:33:23

So I have now finished my studies at KHiO, and am at the moment building a workspace here in Oslo. Machines are needed of course and this is my latest addition (in progress); A RepRap Prusa i3 3d printer.

Updates on coming project pictures from the graduate show and the new workshop will hopefully come within a few weeks.

Some thoughts about recent discussions of the contemporary jewellery “field”.

Jewellery Posted on Wed, April 30, 2014 15:53:28

“Screw This, The Ornament Game” (EKG 2014)

One of the main problems that I see in
the contemporary jewellery field is the existence of so called
jewellery artists. As such, the framework and intended audience for
the work are set. Many, if not most jewellery pieces in the art field
are confined to a lifespan that is constituted by
workbench-gallery-collection. Since these pieces are often handled in
the same way as fine art and kept in cupboards and vitrines to avoid
damage, they lose some of their jewelleryness.

We are living in a time where the
media specific artist becomes largely more and more irrelevant. The
artist is supposed to be a jack of all trades. Perhaps it would be
better to say that they are supposed to shape ideas in relation to
different means of expression, expertly chosen to give the maximum of
the intended effect. A jewellery artist has, through the power of the
definition become cursed to work within an already established
framework. Most fine art institutions are not interested in jewellery
because of the notion that art jewellery has a unique horizon. There
is no need for art jewellery to be considered a separate discipline.
It would be more accurate to say that it should not be
considered a separate discipline. A goldsmiths’ work is a separate
discipline. Art is art, everything else is everything else, to borrow
the words of Ad Reinhardt. All art is art. There are no disciplines
or separate fields. The illusion that they exist is partly a
simplification made by agoraphobic artists and nearsighted theorists.
There is no natural line that divides art works from each other, only
socially constructed scenes. The jewellery art field has become
introverted and then complains when it is not integrated into the
larger art scene. The jewellery practice attracts a lot of interested
practitioners that tend to stay within the comfortable confines of
the field, communicating mainly inside the internally established

thing is that jewellery, when used for its’ unique qualities, can
reach a social scene that other artistic expressions may have trouble
reaching. The wearability and circumstantial flexibility that
jewellery possesses gives it a special useability in social situations
where it can directly influence its’ social context. Being worn, it
can raise deeply rooted questions and comment on the physicality of
the human body and its place in the world. As a direct, portable
means of personal expressions it can be used to influence others. It
can be a steady reminder for the wearer or a spectator about personal
or societal situations. Jewellery can be so much more than material
excursions, expertly crafted curiosities or a decoration, never to
actually be worn.

M.A.K.E. I.T. C.O.U.N.T.

Machinery Posted on Fri, January 31, 2014 11:59:45

M.A.K.E. I.T. C.O.U.N.T. is a keyboard intended to turn internet updates and other snippet shaped communications into a place for reflection and planning. The keyboard consists of one rotary encoder with the English alphabet encoded on it and three buttons. These buttons are erase,space and ABC(print). A user has to find the correct next letter through turning the black knob and pushing the ABC button until the desired letter is reached. unnecessary letters are erased manually and the desired letter is once again entered. In this fashion it goes on, significantly slowing down the communication speed, thereby enabling the user to actually reflect on what he/she is writing. The title is short for Manual Alphabetic Knob Enabling Information Transcription Communicating Only Using Necessary Tools.

For the moment, it is connected to a twitter account and anyone coming in contact with the physical machine are invited to update that account with whatever they please. The long term goal is to make a publication with these probably more or less insightful snippets of communication.

You can find M.A.K.E. I.T. C.O.U.N.T. twitter feed here.


Jewellery Posted on Fri, September 06, 2013 20:06:15

I was invited to a masquerade.
Pierced aluminium and lacquer.
BTW: Thanks for the party, H! It was great!

Random text generator

Research Posted on Wed, July 31, 2013 15:01:29

For a few years, I have been interested in randomness and the finding of patterns in chaotic functions in one way or another. If you can’t sleep, why not program yourself a random text generator?

The program now compiles 1000 random letters to add to the blank field.

Great success! (Most of the letters are below what can be seen on this picture.)

Until next time, happy camping!

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