RAM Remembers Nel Linssen

The internationally known art jeweler, Nel Linssen, died on August 1, 2016 in the Netherlands where she lived her entire life. She was born in 1935 and began her art career as a figurative textile artist in the 1970s. Exposure to quilts led to Linssen’s experimentation with paper and its flexibility. Her first exhibition of paper bracelets took place in 1986 and she has since become well-known for using this everyday material to make subtly colored, rhythmically structured neckpieces and bracelets. Her work is particularly noted for the textures and kinds of paper she utilized and her folding and construction techniques. Her work is in many jewelry collections in museums around the world. RAM currently owns four examples of Linssen’s work—two neckpieces and two bracelets. Her work has been in RAM’s collection since the arrival of the first bracelet in 2008 in the Donna Schneier jewelry collection. She was most recently shown at RAM in Paper/Plastic: Contemporary Adornment in 2016.
 
For more information on the artist and her work, visit her website or Art Jewelry Forum