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Tangent Matters. The body is always there.

Lena Grabher, Michelle Kraemer, Izabella Petrut

Jewelry artists Lena Grabher, Michelle Kraemer, Izabella Petrut are all interested in the subtle touch between the piece of jewelry and the body of the wearer. They believe there is a point, a line or a surface of tangency between the two that create a great level of intimacy. This tangency is the focus of Grabher’s, Kraemer’s and Petrut’s work. Regarding the body as a site to place an object, the three artists explore jewelry from the perspective of an actual, physical presence or absence of the body / the wearer.

The three jewelry artists come from different backgrounds and countries in Europe, have studied in different schools, and have very different sources of inspiration. Their paths have met in Italy, where they all studied in the same contemporary jewelry school, but at different times. Then their roads met again in Vienna, where they now share a studio, at Atelier Stossimhimmel.

Kraemer, Grabher and Petrut each have their own jewelry language that they use to tell their stories. Kraemer is fascinated by space, its textures, its colors and its magic. Grabher is exploring a hybrid universe where modular symmetry is helping her question how we think about beauty. Petrut is obsessed with time, with the spontaneity, the uniques and the irreversibility of each moment and how this can be passed on from the her hands into the pieces of jewelry she makes.

The jewelry the three artists make is always in relationship with the body, questioning its presence and absence, and the body’s interaction with jewelry.

Lena Grabher:

Lena Grabher is a Vienna based contemporary Jewelry designer and maker. She started her education in Vienna and completed her apprenticeship examination as a Jeweler at the Wiener Goldschmiede Akademie in 2010. She served as a teaching assistant at the same school for one year before she moved to Florence, Italy. There she studied at the renowned school Alchimia, contemporary Jewelry school in Florence, with Ruudt Peters and Peter Bauhuis to receive her BFA in 2013. Thus, she completed her MFA studies in Metals in May 2015 at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is now a member of Atelier STOSSIMHIMMEL and teaches at the Goldschmiedelehrgang in Vienna.

Michelle Kraemer:

Creative and artistic expression have always played a big role in her life, but she discovered her passion for contemporary jewelry during the last year of my 3D-Design studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Afterwards she specialized in contemporary jewelry at Alchimia – Contemporary Jewelry School in Florence, Italy with Prof. Manfred Bischoff and Prof. Ruudt Peters.

Since 2009 she is living and working as a contemporary jewelry artist and is an active member of STOSSIMHIMMEL – Atelier for contemporary jewelry in Vienna

Izabella Petrut:

Izabella Petrut is a contemporary jewelry designer. She has acquired practical and theoretical skills by completing a Bachelors’ (2007) and a Masters’ (2009) degree in Design at the University of Arts and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She has graduated the GJ3 Specialization program at Alchimia, School of contemporary Jewelry, Florence, Italy (2012) with professor Ruudt Peters. At the moment she conducts her doctoral studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and she is a member of Atelier STOSSIMHIMMEL Vienna.


Galerie V&V, Bauernmarkt 19, 1010 Vienna, Austria (opening times: We-Th 15-19, Fr 12-19, Sa 12-18).

The opening of the exhibition will take place on Thursday, August 24th, 19-21 o’clock.
The exhibition will run until September 30th 2017.

Tuesday September 19th, there will be an installation-performance and sound-happening: Collaboration of Elements with artist Schayan Kazemi.

Galerie V&V

Here and Now

Here and Now

Time, flying too fast or slipping too slow. I am always late, trying to postpone getting old, but always in a hurry to experience more of this life. Always tired, always on the road, running towards a finish-line, but permanently wanting to stop, get some sleep, smell the flowers and just breathe. The present moment seams to be always slipping away. I am looking forward to the future and I am trapped in the past. I am obsessed with time, with the spontaneity, the uniques and the irreversibility of each moment and how this can be passed on from my hands into the pieces of jewelry I make.

epoxy resin, natural stones, silver, gold, silicone

coming soon ... 

A Love Story

A love story

This is a love story as I remember it. It is about me being the spectator of a love story that has been going on for many years. When we remember things, they are fuzzy, inaccurate, not true sometimes and not in the chronological order. We mostly remember the feelings.

By using the remains of some inline-skates (rollerblades) he used, the old-fashioned, out of style, sweat and broken, I take advantage of all the material and emotional qualities they are giving me, extracting the value from the objects (skates) and refining then by changing their state, separating it into material and emotion. I dissected the memories of this love story by taking apart the skates, some of them violently, others with care, focusing on two components: the wheals and the laces. The wheals are spinning just like love make you feel, while the laces are there to bind and combine, to boil, to tangle and make a mess.

I use only one color on each piece. The colors are the ones from the skates he had – denim blue, white, dark grey. This way the pieces are dematerialized, put in another context and joined into a new object – a piece of jewelry. The brooches were made thinking this are the jewels that stay closer to the heart and the neckpieces because they resemble the most to hugs.

These pieces of jewelry are an accumulation of feelings, memories, years that have been left behind. There is no history, just a story.

Text by Izabella Petrut

aggressive inline skates, paint, silver, silk thread, epoxy resin


The “Innocent” project gives me the chance to express an issue I am very much concerned with: the abuse against animals. The plastic toys are a way of representing an innocence that can only imply the horrible things that could / might have happened. I cut the animal toys the way butchers do, whilst others I use in twisted positions. After that I melt them, creating situations that I imagine they end up in. I paint them in lively colors that are not specific to those animals and this way the first impression of the audience is of a happy piece of jewelry and only then, after a closer examination, they truly see the animal and its suffering. Most of them are hand painted so that every brush stroke I make allows me to connect with that animal and feel it's pain. The electroformed pieces represent the animals that live in cold metal cages, while the silk represents a natural material that stands for blood (red silk) and the darkness of the night (black silk). By creating more feminine pieces of jewelry I am trying to nurture those animals' suffering.
1% of all money made from selling these pieces of jewelry will be donated to an animal shelter.
Materials: plastic toys, electroformed, alpaca, silver, paint, varnish, onyx, silk, pigments, copper, gold leaf.

plastic toy animals, silver, electroformed in silver, silk thread, epoxy resin, paint, 24kt gold leaf, onyx

coming soon ... 

We Become One

It’s dark and quiet, and deep and empty. Very shy, it shows itself for a second and then it’s gone again. It makes me very curious, I want to find out more. What is it, who is it, is it important? Sometimes it is less timid and lets me see it for a bit longer, not enough to satisfy my curiosity, but long enough to make me want more. The 2nd one comes out, the 3rd one, the 4th one and the 5th, but just for a second. My curiosity then becomes obsession and I try to remember and to figure out what it was about. Then I sink in and start to give it a shape, a material and to make it real. This way I can look at it for as long as I want. With a body, it is not shy or afraid anymore. We become one.

When they come out from hiding, they are actually the ones who want to see me, they are curious about what I look like. They are a little scared of what they might find out, so they just take sneak-peaks at me. Most of the times they do this when I don’t pay attention, when I am not looking. If I see them looking at me, they immediately hide. They are so fast, sometimes I only see a shadow or a trace. Sometimes I am not even sure I saw them. But after they observe me enough, they stop being afraid of me and then we get to know each other. They show me their shape and I give it a body. We become one.

Text by Izabella Petrut

paper, epoxy resin, silver, silk, pearls, alpaca

coming soon ... 

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