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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.)


Exhibitions Posted on Fri, July 05, 2013 11:50:10

I have finally gotten around to collect the statistics from Snowflakes 1 and here are some of my findings.

200 jewellery pieces were taken.

194 forms were filled out, of which 2 were obviously fake (I even got one who posed as Usama Bin Laden who, as we have been told, was dead at the time).

Out of 200 forms, 147 were filled out correctly. The biggest aberration was that many missed the consent clause in fine print.
(A spontaneous survey with the students of my faculty (approximately 80 people) where, lets say, 60 participated, only three or four persons actually read the fine print.)

Among the participants, 35% were male, 61% were female and 4% were undefined

Participants were asked to choose a favourite shape from a selection of nine (see pic below.

19,5% preferred the circle
18% preferred the ellipse
13,5% preferred the star

The least popular shape was the sector (lower middle) with only 2,5%.

15% of the audience was left handed (compared to a global average of 11%)
4,5% were ambidextrous (which is probably far above the global average)

The average age of the visitors was 35,1 years, with the youngest participant being 5 years old and the oldest being 73 years old.

The average visitor was 171 cm tall. (5’7″)

People of 17 nationalities participated.

Bachelors degree show 2013

Exhibitions Posted on Wed, June 19, 2013 18:36:51

This year I graduated from my bachelors studies in jewellery art with the work Tabula Onerata which is a 3D mill that mills out 10 by 10 points in a strict grid on a brooch made out of white acrylic sheet. Each point is either milled or not, depending on the control cards’ intake of random radio frequencies.

A video of it in action can be seen HERE

Machine Drawn Jewels (2013)

Exhibitions Posted on Wed, June 19, 2013 18:21:59

The third of march I had the honour to be invited to The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Oslo. I was to have a one day stunt exhibition in the middle of the travelling jewellery exhibition “From The Coolest Corner”. For this exhibition I built and programmed three machines that made jewellery pieces. The creation process of the pieces were influenced by audience members that were allowed to control the machines. The pieces were later given to the participants.Below follows pictures of the machines plus some blueprints.
Videos will be uploaded in a while.

Snowflakes 1 (2012)

Exhibitions Posted on Wed, June 19, 2013 18:03:05

Snowflakes 1 was an exhibition where I made 180 brooches and 20 necklaces made out of laser cut and painted acrylic. The pieces were of ten different types and in editions of 20 each. The pieces were put randomly in numbered envelopes that were put on the wall. By filling out a form, giving away personal information, including finger prints but excluding names, the visitors/participants were free to take the envelope with the corresponding number to their form. The gathered information is to be used in a later exhibition.

Ring Anything (2012)

Exhibitions Posted on Wed, June 19, 2013 17:52:51

This is taken from a stunt exhibition early 2012 at Galleri Seilduken, KHiO, Oslo.
Seven rings were made, meant to be able to be fit
This is taken from a stunt exhibition early 2012 at Galleri Seilduken, KHiO, Oslo.
Seven rings were made, meant to be able to be fit
ted unto any kind of object, thereby “transforming it into a ring”.

Social Catalysts(2011)

Exhibitions Posted on Wed, June 19, 2013 17:49:37

Social Catalysts was a jewellery exhibition by Emil Gustafsson, located on the third floor of KHiO:s new gallery. The exhibited objects were jewellery pieces that had an immediate communicative function by facilitating the first contact between strangers. This was achieved either through offering a topic of conversation or inviting to play and physical interaction.
Below follows some of the exhibited works.
The poster for the exhibition.

100 Gaver/100 Gifts. These were given away to the visitors. Acrylic, gold, silver and brass
100 Gaver/100 Gifts placed on the floor by the innermost wall.
Jeg spanderer/my treat (Brooch) Brooch for offering a single piece of chewing gum. Silver, acrylic, steel, spring steel, brass, aluminium, chewing gum.
PEW! PEW! PEW! (Ring) Made for sneak shooting people in public spaces. The tube on the ring is worn inside the hand and the sprint is pulled with the thumb. Silver, haematite and steel.
Auto comforting device (Ring) Silver, cherry wood, ink. Hollow constructed

Some of the recipients from the 100 Gaver/100 Gifts installation.