OUR BOOK – Nature Morte. Cherries and Skeleton. Ketli Tiitsar & Kristi Paap

January 24th, 2018

Almost two year ago, as we were preparing for our latest joint exhibition, we had the idea of exploring the basic principles of our work in the form of written correspondence and decided to make an artists’ book. We met 20 years ago while studying in the Estonian Academy of Arts Department of Jewellery and Blacksmithing. This book opens our background and gives an overview of our jewellery over the last years. Accompanying essays are written by art historian Merike Alber.

Nature Morte. Cherries and a Skeleton

Texts by Ketli Tiitsar, Kristi Paap, Merike Alber

Graphic design Tuuli Aule

Language editor (Estonian) Hille Saluäär

Translation Kristopher Madis Rikken

Printing House Europrinting Kft, Budapest

ISBN 978-9949-38-773-1

170×235 mm; 176 pages; Illustrations in colour and black & white; Hardcover

Text in Estonian and English

Published by Ketli Tiitsar & Kristi Paap

2015 Tallinn

Publication of the book is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia

Available abroad:

– Charon Kransen Arts (USA)
– Chrome Yellow Books (UK)
– 84 GHz (München)

As well as in Estonia: available in the shops of Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, in KUMU Art Museum of Estonia and in TARTMUS Tartu Art Museum!


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Nature Morte. Cherries and Skeleton in Munich, 2015

December 5th, 2017

Already two years ago, during Munich Jewellery Week 2015 me and Kristi Paap presented our exhibition “Nature Morte. Cherries and Skeletons” in Kunstgisserei, in an old casting house managed kindly by the wonderful gallerist of 84Ghz – Sylvia Katzwinkel. We started together an amazing journey, spiced with row of exhibitions and a book. You can follow the steps of this project from our FB page- Nature Morte. Cherries and Skeletons.

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Some left over images from “Figurative Sense”

October 16th, 2014

Photos: Dénes Farkas

Model: actress Tiina Tauraite – Thousand thanks!

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Some images from “Figurative Sense” I

October 16th, 2014

Photos: Dénes Farkas

Model: actress Tiina Tauraite  –   Thousand thanks!

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Figurative Sense during Budapest Design Week in Toldi Art Cinema

October 14th, 2014

Over long time.

I am posting the images of the exhibition project “Figurative Sense” initiated by Estonian Institute in Hungary where I participated together with Anneli Tammik, Maria Valdma and Kaire Rannik in the Toldi Art Cinema in Budapest (4.10-16.10.2014).

We all chose one Estonian film most influential to us and photographed our works in this ambience, at the same time avoiding coping the original. The idea behind it was to bring jewellery out from white cube and open up it up to new possible concepts and understandings. Also to accommodate audience, loving movies but not often visiting galleries, into perceiving contemporary jewellery through the medium they are used to.

For the source of inspiration I chose the film by Veiko Õunpuu “Autumn Ball” (“Sügisball”. 2007). It is a beautiful, melancholic masterpiece talking about different people living in the city in a so called “concreate bedroom community”, unable to make contact with others or to make a change.

The collection I photographed was “Tiger in the Living Room”(2013). In my work I focus on everyday environment, on what people gather around them and how do they define their private space. Can such a personal objects and materials have the meaning for others? What kind of memory do they carry? Will they be recognized for some new qualities while deconstructed into jewellery?

Loneliness of a person in the city even while surrounded by many others was something I picked from the movie for my photo session. I asked an actress Tiina Tauraite to be the model and I am so grateful she agreed. She actually performed in the film too. I love her as she is marvelous actress but also very beautiful women, with a strong personality. We shot the series in Lasnamäe, Tallinn.

Photographer was Dénes Farkas. Make-up by Irma Viidalepp. Special thanks to Elin Kard who let us shoot in her beautiful home and to my dear friend Leena Kuutma, who helped me to choose the shooting spots and who also volunteered to be test-model. Later on I will post some images which were left out from the original set.

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Some more images from the serie “Tiger in the living room”

April 28th, 2014

All images photographed by: Dénes Farkas

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My solo exhibition will be open until 5th of November

October 30th, 2013


HOP gallery 17.10. – 05.11. 2013

A large part of ideas and source material for jewelery presented at this exhibition have started their lives in the living room. Living room is a space that is meant for recreation and socializing and which often represents the family values. The integrated environment is designed with carefully selected articles that carry the personal beliefs of the family members, their taste, traditions, memories or spontaneous recognitions. Nowadays, a unique sense of style allows those who wish for it, to gain fame at endless interior design competitions, where a comprehensive self-making is often the most important evaluation criterion.

Self-made things have values that make them interesting, even when they appear to be temporally worthless and they’ll be cast aside as inappropriate or for thirst for novelty. Recycling circle gives them new assessed values, such as, besides handicraft, also scuffs, cracks, imperfections.

With jewelery I’m interested in relations between seemingly incompatible things. Combining the existing objects, which creation has been a result of someone’s temporal resource, skills and fantasy, with my ideas and materials circle. I treat things created by others respectfully, but mostly I look aside from the author’s focus, interfere and bring out what’s valuable for me.

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First view to display

October 23rd, 2013

“Tiger in the living room”- until 5th of November in Hop Gallery, Tallinn my new works. Soon more.

Images by Machteld Lambeets. Thanks a lot dear Machteld!

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My solo exhibition in the Hop Gallery

October 18th, 2013

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We had THINK TWICE in Tallinn

August 22nd, 2013

Now everyone in Mexico, have an opportunity to see this wonderful collection (compiled by Valeria Vallarta Siemelink) of jewellery in the Monterrey Center for the Arts. The National Council for Culture and Arts and the Otro Diseño Foundation are honored to invite you to the opening of the exhibition Think Twice: New Latin American Jewellery, to take place on Saturday 24th August at 12:00 hrs at the Nave Generadores of the Parque Fundidora Art Complex.

Lectures by the exhibition’s curator, Valeria Vallarta Siemelink and the Mexican and Dutch artists Martacarmela Sotelo and Alcides Fortes will take place before the opening.

Saturday 24th August at 12:00 hrs
Nave Generadores
Parque Fundidora Art Complex
Avenida Fundidora y Adolfo Prieto S/N, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico

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