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Merle Kasonen
born 1981

EDUCATION
2005 – 2008 Estonian Academy of Arts, Jewellery department, MA
2000 – 2005 Estonian Academy of Arts, Jewellery department, BA
2004 spring Complementary studies at ESAD, Porto, Portugal

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 Hop gallery, Tallinn (collaboration with Pilleriin Jürisoo)
2014 Placed, Hop gallery, Tallinn

PARTICIPATION AT GROUPEXHIBITIONS
2016 Das Feld, Showraum Trofejas, Berlin, Germany
2015 Field, AV17 gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
2015 Schmuck 2015, Praque, Czech Republic
2015 Hotel, Reigi parsonage, Hiiumaa, Estonia
2015 Schmuck 2015, Munich, Germany*
2014 Prince Charming. The palace of Happiness, Hop gallery, Tallinn
2014 Around the Corner, Mardu farm, Soomaa National park
2014 A→∞ Sõnadeta lingvistika, A-gallery, Tallinn
2014 Around the Corner, Hobusepea 2 courtyard, Tallinn
2013 Virvatuled, Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn
2013 Exhibition of designcompetition Back to the roots nominees, Arhitektuuri- ja Disainigalerii, Tallinn
2013 Exhibition of designcompetition Male Thing nominees, Estonian Design House, Tallinn
2012 Salt & Pepper, Sydney, Australia
2012 ForEST, Sydney, Australia
2012 Ritual, Tel Aviv, Israel
2011 UltraMarine. Noblessner Foundry, Estonia*
2010 Cabin, A-gallery, Estonia
2009 Finnish Jewellery, Lasse Pahlman private collection, Helsinki, Finland
2009 Estonian Jewellery, Bornholm, Denmark
2009 Loodus on ehe, ehe on ehe, Tartu, Estonia
2008 Mission Impossible, old Helios cinema, Tallinn
2008 Siamo Qui, Florence, Italy
2007 Fragmenta, Galleri Hnoss, Göteborg, Sweden
2007 Luik, Haug ja Vähk, Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn
2007 Pressioon, Pärnu mnt. 27, Tallinn
2007 Twilight, Idar-Oberstein, Germany
2006 Touching the Source, Tallinn` Culture factory, Tallinn
2006 Monochroma, Kanuti Gild, Tallinn*
2006 Chroma, HOP, Tallinn*
2006 Twilight, V&V gallery, Vienna, Austria
2006 Twilight, FAD, Barcelona, Spain*
2005 Chroma, Le Arti Orafe gallery, Florence, Italy
2005 Twilight/Penombra, Florence, Italy*
2005 Graduate Show, A-gallery, Tallinn
2005 Internationale Graduate Show, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Netherlands*
2005 Twilight/Hämarus, A-gallery, Tallinn*
2005 Graduate Show, Rotermann` Saltstorage, Tallinn*
2005 Sleipnir, Exhibition of Scholars of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Estonian National Museum, Tartu
2005 Vaikne Vestlus, Gallery Vivian Napp, Tallinn
2004 Laegas, Estonian Applied Art Museum, Tallinn
2003 Palve, Puudutus, Patt; Annual exhibition of Estonian jewellery art, Tallinn Art Hall
2003 Le Lien de Corps, Nimes, France
2003 Sleipnir, Exhibition of Scholars of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Townhall Gallery, Tallinn

* catalogue or printed matter

ESSENTIAL WORKS
2009 The official collector’s coin for Estonian Song Festival, I price (collaboration with Triinu Silla)
2006 Official chain of rector of Tallinn University, (collaboration with Rait Siska)

AWARDS
2013 Design competition Male Thing, series of cufflinks (collaboration with Triinu Silla), honourable mention
2012 Ede Kurrel prize; Estonian Metal artist’s Association prize for young artists

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY
2015 – 2017 Organiser and curator (co-operation) of 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennal
2014 Lecture about contemporay jewellery, G.Otsa nim, music school
Course for alternative metal casting techniques, Mardu farm, Soomaa National park
2013 Public lecture, Estonian Centre of Architecture, XXXVII Flash lecture
2008 – … Organiser of several events at studio Gram (exhibitions, pop-up shops, doors open days, jewellery making courses etc. co-operation with members of studio Gram). Working as a freelance jewellery artist, working on small series and comission works.
2010-2011 International jewellery exhibition UltraMarine, organiser and curator (co-operation with Maarja Niinemägi, Kertu Tuberg, Julia-Maria Künnap)
2011 Compiling and photographing the catalogue of UltraMarine (co-operation)
2009 Organiser of the art and design markets “the World is Blue without You” (co-operation with members of studio Gram)
2009 Exhibition’s design – Estonian Jewellery in Bornholm, Denmark (organized by A-gallery)
2008 Exhibition Mission Impossible, curator
2007 Assistant of compiling and editing the book and DVD Chroma. Monochroma (Publisher: Jewellery and Blacksmithing Department in Estonian Academy of Arts)

SCHOLARSHIPS
2015 Estonian Artists’ Association
2012-2015 Cultural Endowment of Estonia
2011 Estonian Artists’ Association
2009 Nordic Culture Point
2009 Cultural Endowment of Estonia
2007 Cultural Endowment of Estonia
2005 Sleipnir, Nordic Council of Ministers
2004 Erasmus, scholarship for studies in ESAD, Portugal
2003 Sleipnir, Nordic Council of Ministers

MEMBERSHIP
2015 Tallinn Applied Art Triennial Society, chairwoman
2010 – 2013 Forum für Schmuck und Design
2011 Estonian Artists’ Association
2008 Studio Gram (Non-profit organisation of 9 jewellery artist)
2005 – 2010 A-gallery, member of board

WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTION
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design
Collection of Jewellery Department of Estonian Academy of Arts
Lasse Pahlmans private collection, Finland