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SODA opens the new season with Swedish jewelery designer Hanna Hedman with her first solo exhibition in Istanbul, called Escape. The exhibition includes a selection from her collections between 2008-2010, as well as new pieces the artist prepared specifically for this exhibition.

Hanna Hedman creates unique, handmade jewelery using thin layered silver and copper sheets made up of several layers. The sculptural pieces resemble anything from igneous rocks, lava, coral and other sea creatures, and even insects.

From the designer:

Existence is frightening and we all have our own strategies of handling and processing the cruelties of the world around us. Our fantasy worlds can function as outlets or survival strategies and a person’s personality can consist of as much fantasy as realism.

Conceptually, I want to awake subconscious associations as well as lure you into my suggestive world that is full of detail; sometimes beautiful but also melancholic and malevolent.

In my work you will find fantasy, reality, art and function. Inspiration arrive from human weakness , darkness, death, nature and storytelling. I find it interesting to contrast beauty with the unpleasant, serious and not so nice; the sad and disgusting can also be something beautiful.

My art reference jewellery of past centuries, but the development of each piece progress organically with limited predefined planning. Fragments are created individually and then combined in a similar fashion as stories develop over time. The pieces are extension of one’s body, but also a sense of escape.

What: Escape: selected jewelry from Hanna Hedman
When: September 16, 2010 – October 30, 2010
Where: SODA, Sakayik Sok. No: 37/1 34365 Nisantasi, Istanbul

Photos by Sanna Lindberg.

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.