Friday, January 22, 2010


During the 17th century, notable Dutch writers and scholars, such as PC Hooft and Joost van den Vondel, used the Netherlands' Muiden Castle as a temporary place to kick back and discuss ideas. The Netherlands is also the home of featured jewelry designer Marijke de Goey.

De Goey's prolific creativity extends to poetry, land sculptures, as well as jewelry. She also manages to fit worldwide lectures, seminars, and workshops into her schedule.

A graduate of Holland's Rietveld Academy, where she studied monumental textiles, de Goey developed a propensity for clean sculptural forms.

Her numerous, award-winning land sculptures beautify Austria, New Zealand, and Amsterdam, and she affectionately sees them as "jewelry for the landscape," while referring to her jewelry pieces as "sculptures for the body."

De Goey does not feature many photos of her jewelry on her website, but the designs are contemporary, and sleek without gemstones. Her design approach sticks to the basics; simple geometric structures are the foundation from which she builds a slightly more intricate form.

The angle within a straight line becomes an irregular shape or cube while the twists of curved lines meet in large interconnected loops. "Curved lines twist like a super feminine gesture in and around the human body," she says. "Lines turn into a square; a square turns into a cube. Linking cubes is the next step to creating a piece of jewelry."

De Goey's slender, futuristic stainless steel jewelry pieces were featured in the Body Language Exhibition at New York's Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and Charon Kransen's traveling jewelry exhibition in Canada, and the United States.
Photo 1 (top right): Stainless Steel Linear Earrings
Photo 2 (bottom left): Stainless Steel Looping Bracelet
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