Willemijn de Greef, ‘Op hoop van zegen, necklace’, 2009, Caroline Van Hoek

A strong work about the meaning and use of adornment within the community of fishermen of the South of the Netherlands. This necklace is a large reproduction of a gold earring that the fisherman were wearing in case they would return dead from sea, that would allow the family to pay for their funeral

Series: Zuiderzee

About Willemijn de Greef

When the Zuiderzee, a shallow bay in the North Sea, flooded in 1916, a dam was constructed that had grievous consequences for the fishing industry. Inspired by this local history, De Greef, who grew up nearby, has based a jewelry collection on the event. Working with one of the only remaining rope-making companies left in the Netherlands, De Greef’s fibers are woven from hemp and flax and adorned with sea-worthy items like pearls and ceramic floats.

Dutch, b. 1973