Friday, April 13th, 2012

“Making Home” Exhibition by Francis Willemstijn and “Introduction” Exhibition by Helen Britton at Galerie Rob Koudijs


Making Home

Francis Willemstijn










Everybody carries burdens, not only the shopping or the suitcases, but also immaterial ones like one’s education and descent. The past is always part of your baggage and Francis Willemstijn referred to that many times in her jewellery pieces. In her first work she made references to her genealogy which goes back to the seventeenth century and later her cherished childhood memories provided the starting point.

However much you might long for the comfort of a safe home, it is impossible to lift your house on your shoulders. Nevertheless that was the subject of Willemstijn’s investigations. Her new pieces are dedicated to a house in the hills where she has been staying regularly over the past few years. The concept goes way beyond a theoretical idea, for every material she used in this work came from this house and the garden that surrounds it (probably the only exception is the pin on the back of a brooch: some traces of the virulence in the real world beyond seem to be unavoidable). And so slate, zinc, all sorts of woods and fossils found an unexpected application in brooches and necklaces.

With the new work of Francis Willemstijn we can for once feel equal to the snail: enjoying the luxury of having a refuge available at any given moment.

Ward Schrijver
(© Galerie Rob Koudijs)






Helen Britton









Is there a stronger contrast imaginable than that between the enchanting beauty of a garden in bloom and the dynamic bedlam of the contemporary metropolis? Yet both environments provide inspiration for Helen Britton’s jewellery. In acknowledging the profusion and chaos in vegetation and the lure of the bright colours and technical installations dominating our cities, she has developed her very own, always recognizable esthetic.

Britton often applies parts of old fashion jewellery in her work. They sometimes have been collecting dust in old warehouses for half a century, just waiting to be rediscovered. She is a master in merging shapes and materials into entities that are as surprising as they are convincing: the most marvelous beads and other decorations gain new meaning in her intriguing brooches and necklaces.

For more then a decade Helen Britton has been expanding her universe by always finding new ways of expression. Her jewellery is traditional in the way that it is a joy to wear and watch, and contemporary because of its ground breaking new imagery and the remarkable blending of precious and mundane materials.

Ward Schrijver
(© Galerie Rob Koudijs)



Tomorrow is the opening of two great exhibitions at Galerie Rob Koudijs, “Making Home” by Francis Willemstijn reflecting on the past and  ”Introduction” by Helen Britton with jewels inspired by the contrasts between garden and cities.  The exhibitions will run until May 26th.


Demà és la inauguració de dues bones exposicions a la Galerie Rob Koudijs, ”Making Home” de Francis Willemstijn reflexionant sobre el passat i  ”Introduction” de Helen Britton amb joies inspirades en els contrastos entre jardí i ciutats.  Les exposicions es podran veure fins el dia 26 de maig.

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