If I'd been in Sweden today, I would most likely have spent the day decorating eggs and overdosing on all things sugar courtesy of Easter. Swedes celebrate Easter in a big way.
Instead I made the long-awaited trip to the Middlesbrough Institute of Art (Mima) to gorge on contemporary jewellery. I’ve been wanting to visit for ages, ever since I read about its permanent collection, which includes works by Otto Kunzli, Ted Noten and Susanna Heron, to name a few.
It was well worth the wait.
The collection covers a vast range of pieces using different techniques and materials. A finely crafted geometrical bracelet by Giovanni Corvaja – complete with spun gold inside - rubbed shoulders with Kepa Karmona’s concrete necklace studded with shards of broken bottle-green glass. Both beautiful in their own way, but I know which one I’d choose to wear.
I also loved Mi-Ah Rodiger’s headpiece The Crown Jewel for its perfectly executed craziness. Imagine having the courage and cool to walk into a party wearing this!
I spent ages examining the many and varied pieces and came away feeling very inspired.
While still at the gallery I also popped into Perspectives of Europe, an exhibition by Stephen McKenna. I am not familiar with McKenna's work, but loved what I saw and I shall certainly keep an eye out for his paintings in the future.