Dialogue across Three Countries: Finland, Belgium, China
– International Contemporary Jewellery Festival

4-30th May 2015 / Tianjin / CHINA,
1-31th October / Kuopio / FINLAND,
10-13th December / Antwerp / BELGIUM


TRIPLE  PARADE 2015 is encompassing a series of exciting programs: Central Exhibition, Special Lecture Series, Forum, and Design Research Workshops. The programs travelled through three cities in the three countries, Kuopio / Finland, Antwerp / Belgium, Tianjin / China, in cooperation with Kuopio Academy of Design / Savonia University of Applied Sciences, St Lucas University College of Art & Design Antwerp, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. Welcoming a wide range of audience to engage with the Festival. A creation beyond the definition of Triple or Parade, in order to find tools and conversation for the future makes possible new beginnings. It is through the plurality of “languages” of this year’s TRIPLE PARADE that the International Contemporary Jewellery Festival emerges.

Supported by: Embassy of Finland in Beijing, Arts Promotion Center Finland, The Ladies Association Kuopio, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Dutch Culture-Center for International Cooperation, Kuopio Design Foundation. Collaboration with Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Kuopio Academy of Design / Savonia University of Applied Sciences, St Lucas University College of Art & Design Antwerp, TAFA Art Museum, Kuopio Cultural History Museum, Gallery Zijsprong.


Location 1. Triple Parade in China

Location & Period: Tianjin, 19th-31th May, 2015
Host & Organizer: Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, TAFA Art Museum. 
Consultant: Guoyuan Deng
Adviser: Weiyi Wang, Zhenshan Guo, Ming Xue
Executive: Dongdong Zhuang
Programs: Central Exhibition, Jewellery Forum, Lecture Series, Research Workshops.


Central Exhibition, TAFA Art Museum.

The Central exhibition titled Dialogue covers three spheres of jewellery, is giving a positive view into the developments of contemporary jewellery design with a focus on three countries –Finland, China, Belgium. It presents a selection of the country’s newest jewellery design ideas through a mixture of established and emerging designers. The selection of 19 designers is made by the project leaders : Hilde De Decker for Belgium, Eija Tanninen for Finland, and Dongdong Zhuang for China. Moreover, this exhibition is a part of program 65th anniversary of Finland diplomatic relations with China.

To build (up) this dialogue around the display, a sketch of Iceberg as a notion for the exhibition design has been drawn. A piece of iceberg drifts into shallower waters, it may come into contact with the seabed or another piece of iceberg, and each iceberg is an unique form by its nature. This concept refers to the exhibition theme, and symbolizes the idea of having a conversation among different cultures. The iceberg is floating freely in open museum space where the audience has to walk through them.


Two Special Lectures, TAFA Art Museum

On Wednesday 20 May, we takes place an day with two lectures at the TAFA Art Musuem by the leading Danish expert Troels Degn Johansson; And the other one by the well-known Dutch educator/photographer Corinne Noordenbos, whose just received the Prestigious Education Award by British Royal Photographic Society last year.
Lecture One : A trained eye sees more
Corinne Noordenbos, Head of the Department of Photography, Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague, The Netherlands
Lecture Two : Danish Design–Today and Tomorrow
Troels Degn Johansson, Head of the Institute Product Design, Associate Professor.
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark


International Jewellery Forum, TAFA Art Museum.

International Contemporary Jewellery Forum is the pre-eminent platform to explore and debate the powerful and pressing issues facing jewellery in the contemporary world. The full day programme offers an international exploration of the complex interaction between jewellery design, gallery, university, foundation, museum, brand; It brings together some of the most revered names from Finland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Demark and China. Comprising keynote speeches, panel discussions, fast-paced presentations and Q&A sessions, the Forum creates a rich platform for open discussion and debate.
Eija Tanninen, Director of Kuopio Academy of Design 
Hilde De Decker, Head of Jewellery Dep. St Lucas University College of Art & Design Antwerp
Paul Derrez & Willem Hoogstede, Directors of Gallery RA Amsterdam
Miecke Oosterman, Collector/Board member of Françoise van den Bosch Foundation 
James Tergau, Art and Design Historian 
Liesbet Bussche, Designer and Researcher 
Fei TENG, Professor Jewellery Dep. Central Academy of Fine Arts,  Director and Curator of TRIPLE PARADE, 
Xuxiang TANG, Professor and Head of Jewellery Tsinghua University, Beijing
Danyi ZHU, Designer and Founder of Studio 1.1 / Beijing 
Guoyuan DENG, Director of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts


Design Research Workshops, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts.

Material Exploration – Lead by Matti Mattsson
It is the role of the designers to see possibility in new materials, to find meaning that is relevant to people, to enable the creation of new experiences. Matti have joined forces to lead a workshop with new ways of processing recycled and reclaimed post-industrial waste materials to jewellery.
CH-ewelry, the Chinese archetypes – Lead by: Liesbet Bussche
Each country has its archetypes. A regional population, an ethnic identity or a particular subculture can be distinguished by its use of archetypes. These typical examples are perfect prototypes to start a conversation about jewelry. Liesbet will guild the people to explore the Chinese archetypes through her workshop.

Location 2. Triple Parade in Finland.

Location & Period: Kuopio, 1st-31th October, 2015
Host & Organizer: Kuopio Academy of Design/Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Kuopio Cultural History Museum.
Programs: Central Exhibition, Jewellery Forum, Research Workshops, Jewellery Industry Tour


Seminar of Contemporary Jewellery

Eija Tanninen-Komulainen, Managing Director of Kuopio Design Academy
Mervi Vidgren, President of Savonia University of Applied Sciences
Hilder De Decker, Head of Jewellery, St Lucas University Antwerp.
Dongdong Zhuang, Head of Jewellery, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts
Liesbet Bussche, Designer and Researcher St Lucas University.
Tony Granholm, Designer Kalevala Koru.
Kari Voutila, CEO 3D Online Factory
Jenni Rutonen, Designer, Goldsmith Entrepreneur
Risto Nylund, Head of Jewellery, Savonia University of applied sciences.

Location 3. Triple Parade in Belgium.

Location & Period: Antwerp, 10th-13th December, 2015
Host & Organizer: St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp, Gallery Zijsprong
Programs: Central Exhibition, Lectures, Jewellery Industry Tour.


TRIPLE PARADE Book/Publication

The publication is a knowledgeable guide to TRIPLE PARADE 2015, with a new concept and a new approach to the content, and remains the ultimate printed platform for jewellery and related subjects. In order to make it so, photographer Thomas Aangeenbrug re-photographed the exhibited jewellery objects with a concept by constructing dimensional layers with space between three transparent glass sheets. Moreover, honorably, invited the truly leading ones in the field from a diverse range of perspectives to contribute to it. Including the recent interview of Gijs Bakker, a world renown designer and the pioneer of Dutch contemporary design who indeed broke the ice of what is so-called jewellery; And a beautiful article contributed by Glenn Adamson who is now directing the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in New York city, which gives a personal view on Craft Curation; Plus, an interesting article from James Tergau in which he brings an art historian’s perspective to jewellery design


Museum of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts (TAFA Art Museum)
Kuopio Academy of Design
St Lucas University College of Art and Design Antwerp


Anna Reeta Pitkänen

Charlotte Van de Velde

Anna Reetta Väänänen

Danyi ZHU


Xiaoyu ZHANG

Xiao LIU

Susanna Yläranta

Sofie Boons


Shana Teugels

Matti Mattsson

Malvine Marichal

Liesbet Bussche

Jichang CHAI

Jenni RutonenJRD

Helena falkenberg

Hilde De Decker

Dongdong ZHUANG