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CASTLE IN THE AIR | ÕHULOSS

Jewellery from Estonia
With contributions from: Karl Bollmann | Rüdiger Joppien | Saale Kareda | Tamara Luuk | Kadri Mälk | Lars Pahlman | Mart Raukas. 296 pages, 24 x 29.5 cm, over 200 colour illustrations. Hardcover. In English and Estonian.
ISBN: 978-3-89790-359-3 | Ready for shipping
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The group of artists ‘õhuLoss’ (Castle in the Air) from Estonia presents exciting and individualistic means of expression, which distinguish themselves refreshingly from familiar expectations of form in jewellery.


Animal liver, deer legs, sepia and ‘cosmic dust’ are not usually amongst the preferred materials used by goldsmiths in the creation of pieces of jewellery. This is not the case for the Estonian group of artists ‘õhuLoss’, which means ‘Castle in the Air’. Its seven members make use of many organic materials in the design of objects which are on the border between applied and visual arts. They create confusing pieces of jewellery which appear to hover in time and space and play with these concepts. The lyrical creations of the seven artists evoke a past era, but their choice of materials is shocking enough to bring the viewer back to the present. The undisputed strength of the work lies in its suggestive power, which puts the viewer under its spell.

The new Estonian jewellery of the ‘õhuLoss’ group probes itself, the world and life. It is a medium for communication without words, expressing the ambivalence of the modern attitude towards life. The young Estonian jewellery artists show that especially intelligent jewellery close to nature is very powerful. This jewellery reveals the human feelings of the wearer. The purpose of this jewellery, according to Kadri Mälk, lies in the quiet support of its wearers and in the discrete revelation of their identity.


‘õhuLoss’: Villu Plink | Eve Margus-Villems | Kristiina Laurits | Piret Hirv | Katrin Sipelgas | Tanel Veenre | Kadri Mälk




Castle in the Air are showing their most recent creations at the Evald Okase Muuseum. Together with the architects Lembit-Kaur Stöör and Ülo-Tarmo Stöör theiy are transforming from 12.8. to 6.9.2015 the exhibition hall in an ephemeral castle full of fragility and power, unpredictability and honest beauty just like the 80 works of jewellery exposed. The interplay of architecture, air and jewellery is creating a new visual space, providing imaginary support to the exhibits.





'Castle in the Air' was nominated as the most beautiful book of the year 2011 by a jury of the Estionian National Library! Indeed it is most beautiful. Lavish illustrations, different papers and a cover of haptic quality turn this book into a precious jewel.

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