People who are skilled are very adept in doing something, they are taught to do it by watching and mimicking, and they have learned to do it by trial and error. Skill involves love and dedication, without which you will never excel in something. Many people like to tinker in their spare time. And works of art, craft and design often inspire amateurs to go ahead and make; just like professionals they learn by trial and error. So is the clue of skill in do it yourself then? Handarbeit Nord, a loose group of international jewellers based in the Netherlands formed to present their work annually during the important Schmuck days in Munich, thinks so. Their last exhibition not only involved 8 necklaces but also 8 manuals “to exactly copy a so called one-off, the personal handwriting and idea of the maker.”

Liesbeth den Besten
Skill; Think Tank catalogue 05

HANDARBEIT NORD

RELEASE THE LITTLE FINGER

HANDARBEIT NORD

HANDARBEIT NORD

MAKING A NECKLACE

SOLO Les Enfants

CAHIER RAVARY

GROENE OMHELZING