Britten Toftarp - Detail of crown

Britten Toftarp

Kronmakaren Britten Toftarp

Bijoutier - et/ou Créateur de bijoux (Bijoux fantaisie)

Falkenberg, Suède

Présentation

I call myself a wire work artist and I want to, with the Crown as my object, explore and break with the traditional wire work. Both in objects and in technology as well as design languages. I want to shift from the utility to an increasingly narrative object.

The work often begins as a kind of "wire doodles"...

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... Loose parts and shapes temporarily joined. Will the wire come alive? What story does it hold? In recent years, I have searched inland Halland County in Sweden in an attempt to interpret the typical folk art painting in a collection of bridal crowns and hair jewelry for weddings and festities. I am in love with these painted colorful, naivistic “tapestry” that adorned cottages and farms for parties and holidays in the country of Halland back in the days. Often, the religious motives and bridal crowns were present in the paintings. Almost always as a sign of virginity, rank and wealth.

As an artist I am autodidact with some classes by silver smiths, now living in Morup, County of Halland at the westcoast in the south of Sweden were I have a studio. Born and raised in Örebro were I did a Masters in Sociology at the Universe.

Membership Konsthantverkscentrum (KHVC) - KIF/KRO - BUS - Konstliv Halland - Konst i Halland - EKO Museum Nedre Ätradalen, The International Association of Art, IAA/AIAP EXHIBITIONS (in selection) "Kamé diademe" - a wire work interpretation (lent to) The Royal Palace in Stockholm 2016-2017 Handmade with Love ToR, collection exhibition by Handicraft in Halland, Hallands Artmuseum 2015 Handmade with Love,collection exhibition by Handicraft in Halland, Swedish Embassy in Tokyo 2014 Collection Exhibition by Yamanashi Hemslojd at Okayama Department Store, Okayama 2014 Collection Exhibition by Yamanashi Hemslojd at Tokyo Department Store, Tokyo 2014 "On pillows of moss", separate exhibition. Handcraft, Varberg 2013 Spring salon, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm 2013 BAGATELLER, own production Solberga Gård, Öland 2012 "Varbergs Fortress 1612", exhibition / film/book by Halland Cultural History Museum, 2012 Honeymoon, samutställning, The artisans in Ystad 2011 Art Salon, Architecture and Design Center in Stockholm 2010 Design Exhibition Hemlängtan, Collection Exhibition, Swedish Form / Kapitän Design Studio, Örebro 2010 Design Exhibition Hemlängtan, Exhibition Exhibition, Formens Hus in Hällefors 2010 “Queen for one day” in Örebro (with Crown and Wreath), Collection Exhibition, Örebro County Museum 2009 “Crown and Wreath” in Halland, Collection Exhibition, Kungsbacka Art Hall 2009 Collection Exhibition in favor of Rädda Barnen foundation, Örebro Castle 2008 Represented (in selection) Headpiece - Halland Cultural History Museum, exhibition / film /book "Varbergs Fortress 1612", 2012 Crown in medieval style for Lucia celebrations in Växjö Cathedral 2010 Headpiece - for the show Saladin’s secret, Modulus Event, Landskrona, 2010 Crown to Max Magical Circus, The Carling Family, Höganäs, 2010 Headpiece to Poeta Magica, German music group, 2005.

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