THE FILIGREE AMBASSADOR
Eva van Kempen’s (Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1976) eclectic practice partly focuses on craft heritage and filigree, an ancient ornamental type of jewellery specialisation. In response to the impending extinction of this time-consuming technique in the Netherlands, and building on a recent resurgence of interest in craft inspired by the global lockdown, Eva has launched The Filigree Ambassador project. In lieu of mourning the loss of tradition in the face of technological change, Van Kempen steers the practice of filigree towards hobbyism and amateurism. She chooses to socialize filigree knowledge-production and emphasise its meditative aspects over a sellable end product. Van Kempen proposes that practicing an intangible cultural heritage while engaging in a new form of self-care in today’s fast-paced society can provide people with a sense of place and purpose, which ultimately serves their well-being.