Gela Tölken -Jewellery

Weaving series: edition 4/6

Gela Tölken
Pendant on silver chain. 2004/5. Sterling and fine silver.
Mass: 27.1g
Diam.: 46.75mm; max h: 9.85mm.
Production time: 100 hours
Price: R 3 770.00

I, Angela (or Gela as I prefer it) am of German descent and was born in Windhoek, Namibia. In 2000 I moved to Stellenbosch to study Creative Jewellery Design and Metal Techniques at the University of Stellenbosch, graduating with my Masters in Arts in March 2006. I currently live and work in Stellenbosch as an independent art jeweller and a part-time staff member of the Division for Creative Jewellery Design and Metal Techniques, University of Stellenbosch. Throughout my studies I was particularly interested in the creative process as a means of self-expression – a fascination which still continues to determine the focus of my creative practice. I tend to create my jewellery with all my heart and soul, and the pieces inevitably tell stories about me in the end. My work reveals my fascination with texture, pattern, rhythm, movement, contrasts, systems and nature. My personal style inevitably includes the use of strong, clear and simple lines, fine detail, colour, contrast and repetition. Labour-intensive processes usually constitute the bulk of my visual vocabulary and the structure of my creative practice is often meticulous and deliberate Being involved in the entire process of designing, conceptualizing, testing and then making a piece is a highly fulfilling, albeit at times distressing, experience. I design and produce my pieces myself and only create a piece once. All works are manufactured entirely by hand, usually over a period of several days or even weeks. My pieces, if not the work processes themselves, reveal my obsessiveness as well as my firm belief in immaculate craftsmanship. I find enormous joy in closely observing fine details - marveling at textures, compositions and patterns. Usually I feel compelled to touch them, trying to take them in with all of my senses. These instances of noting the inherent beauty in something always constitute moments of wonder and surprise, moments I consider to be ‘soul food’. For me there is nothing more nurturing than being in nature, especially in remote places. Wide, apparently empty and silent expanses with nobody there (except perhaps for a few very close and special people) quite literally provide my soul with the space it needs to fully be, and to take flight. Hiking the un-trodden slopes of the Cederberg or the Brandberg, experiencing the magic of Namibia’s arid south, its deserts and the Damaraland, taking in light changes of magnificent sunsets and sleeping under stars are priceless for me. AnGela Tölken

Variation on a process #4

Gela Tölken
Pendant on waxed cotton. 2006. Sterling silver, partially oxidized
Mass: 17.5g
Diameter: 43mm
Production Time: 117 Hours
Price: R 3 770

A mind less structured
Gela Tölken
Neckpiece. 2011/12. Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint, silk thread, epoxy
Mass: 18,1g
Total length: 440mm; biggest element: 31.75mm diam
Production time: 33
R 1 560,00

Dragon's Dream

Gela Tölken
Ring. 2012. Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint, epoxy
Mass: 5,1g
max diam.: 24.27 (big); max diam.: 11.43 (sml); max h.: 34.65mm
Production time: 18 hours
Price: R 1 040,00

Gela Tölken
Pendant on silver coated string. 2006/7. Sterling silver, enamel paint.
Mass: 19,3g
Maximum diameter: 54mm
Production time: 133 hours
Price: R 4 030,00


Gela Tölken
Pendant on hand-made silver chain. 2006/7. Sterling & fine silver, Lapis Lazuli beads
Mass: 11.5 g
Diam.: 39.73mm; max h: 9.00mm.
Production time: 122 hours
Price: R 3 770



Always Holding Back 2

(over)structured 2

I'd Rather Watch

Not Letting Anyone See Inside

Appearing Aloof

Thinking too much

Appearances are deceptive 2 - I am not Hard and Cold

Website: Gela Tölken