Dovile Bernadisiute

Dovile Bernadisiute is a contemporary jewellery artist and designer living and working in Sweden. Her work links the human body with space, in specific, the space of transition, letting objects function as mediators in everyday life.

What have you rebelled against in the past, and what are you rebelling against now?
In the past I rebelled against everything, now I rebel against convention, repetition and habits.

Do you need to be a rebel to enjoy your work?
Yes, I think somehow, being a rebel is part of creativity and avoiding boredom.

Do you use your own work?
I do use it, give it to friends and use other peoples work too, it makes life much more fun!

Do you think dish-ware can still be improved? If yes, in what way?
Dishware should have an impact on the way we eat and experience the ritual of eating. I think it can be improved by being more playful, interactive and connecting.

What was the inspiration for your Steinbeisser series?
The Spiral plates consist of a metal part that holds the plate which is made out of many layers of aluminium foil. Given that aluminium is a material used to wrap fast food, I used it as a reference to fast food consumption while the spiral shaped recycled glass piece is a symbol of the industrial process, cast over a machine part.

Describe your work in 3 words!
Composed. Cool. Glass.

What kind of materials do you use and where do you get them from?
I use the materials that I find around or that are given to me. For the Spiral plates I used Finish glass leftovers that I recycled in a hot-shop in Estonia. I used many rolls of aluminium foil for the bottom part. I think materials and their meanings are the most interesting and important part of my work.

What are you working on right now?
I am making a a miniature brooch, where I cut tiny pieces of different metal wires and compose them together in an image resembling a building in Stockholm. It is part of a project called ‘The Square and the Tower’ where I create jewellery that reflects on the relationship two different communities have with the buildings they live in.

What excites you about tomorrow?

What has been your favourite dinner experience?
Each time when eating turns into a long and enjoyable evening with many beautiful pieces of dishware covering the table.

What further ambitions do you have?
To remain a rebel!

What are you 3 favourite pieces on Jouw…?
Jasmin Matzakow’s Burnt Wood Plates (I have one at home and I use it every day, specially on a white table cloth), Rebecca Deans’ Soil Plates (very elemental and beautiful), and I also admire the Spoons by Sophie Hanagarth.