Meet goldsmith Inger Grubbe
Meet goldsmith and artist Inger grubbe in her workshop in Nørrebro, Copenhagen. When she is forming and refining the shape of a silver necklace, an oversized rose quartz pendant, or hundreds of tiny silver rings, it's all about bringing this mood - this feeling into shape.
Inger Grubbes is sitting all still. Only her hands are moving. They move the small saw up and down on the silver plate, turning it into a small flower for an earring. At her small workbench stands tiny pink teacups with golden details with different pearls and stones. An old ceramic jug is full of a unique selection of her tools - hammers, files, cutters, and so on.
The mood here is rich, like a glass of port wine or a chocolate cake cooked by your best friend. It's full of stories in every tiny object. The mood is what it's all about when Inger Grubbe is working on her silver pieces, she explains. Working with the silver in her hands, Inger Grubbe describes this process of catching this particular mood.
She tells a whole story in her pieces woven into the details. Her hands give the story - the mood she is after - manifested in a form, a body.
"It's like when you are in a thrift shop and finds this special something that gets you. It has this mood - this feeling that you're looking after. Even though you cannot explain what it is about this old thing that connects with you, you feel it instinctively."
The shape of history
For a year, Inger Grubbe was in this middle age mood, more or less coincident with the pandemic.
"It is this ascetic lifestyle of monks and nuns, where they dedicated their time and focus to a few particular purposes. They were consistent in what they did, and that feeling just really got to me."
When a feeling gets her like that, Inger Grubbe's background in art history shows when she begins to find references to that feeling. Old books with pictures of middle-aged architecture. The ceiling in a church. A crucifix. Embroidered ornaments on fabric. Everything is representing this mood that she is trying to get her hands on.
"In this process, lines, forms, and shapes start to take form. I see them slowly appear in all these different objects and situations. This is what ends as the foundation for my jewelry. This way, I feel like this narrative is present in every piece I do."
Hands telling a story
Taking a look at Inger Grubbe's works, you feel the story - you feel the richness of intention. Like a classic novel that you would like to read again, revealing new layers.
"I don't get inspired by other jewelry. That is a story already told. It's locked in its form. I start with a feeling. With this shapeless something that I want to express in my work."
After dedicated research, suddenly, the piece Inger Grubbe wants to create is easy to visualize. She draws it roughly and then gets started at the workbench, testing the idea in less than a day.
The flower for the silver earring is almost done, her hands working steadily. It takes focus, patience, and dedication, almost like nuns preaching. Her hands are telling the richest alluring stories.