Nel Linssen

Born: 1935
Place of Birth: Mook/Middelaar, Netherlands
Died: 2016

Nel Linssen always took an intuitive approach to her bracelets and necklaces made from paper; however, it is also an approach based on years of research and haptic knowledge. The relationship between wearer and viewer is paramount to Linssen's work, its articulation on the body enhancing and highlighting the jewellery's colours and textures. While the wearer is aware of the sensuous nature and movement of the jewellery, the viewer is drawn to the constant visual changes to the work wrought by the slightest movement of the body. Nel Linssen died on the 1st August 2016. She was one of The Scottish Gallery's favourite jewellers and will be missed. We celebrated her eightieth birthday with a special exhibition in 2015.

Public Collections include:

Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Handwerkspflege Bayern, Munich; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Fonds National d'Arts Contemporain, Paris; Museum of Applied Art, Oslo; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Montreal

  • Group of Bracelets
    Nel Linssen

    Group of Bracelets

    2008
    reinforced paper, elastic thread
    W:8.5cm D:2.5cm
    £290 each (front middle sold)
  • Red/White Necklace
    Nel Linssen

    Red/White Necklace

    plastic coated paper, elastic thread
    W:3.5cm L:17cm
    £1,150
  • Pink Necklace
    Nel Linssen

    Pink Necklace

    plastic coated paper, elastic thread
    W:2.8cm L:18.5cm
    £1,045
  • Orange/Grey Rope Necklace
    Nel Linssen

    Orange/Grey Rope Necklace

    1999
    plastic coated paper, elastic thread
    W:1.5cm L:54cm
    £760
  • Grey Rope Necklace
    Nel Linssen

    Grey Rope Necklace

    1999
    plastic coated paper, elastic thread
    W:1.5cm L:39cm
    £760
  • Twisted Pink/Purple Necklace
    Nel Linssen

    Twisted Pink/Purple Necklace

    1999
    plastic coated paper, elastic thread
    W:2cm L:29.5cm
    £890
  • Blue Necklace
    Nel Linssen

    Blue Necklace

    2014
    plastic coated paper, elastic thread
    W:2.2cm L:26cm
    £1,380
  • Greenish Blue Twisted Necklace
    Nel Linssen

    Greenish Blue Twisted Necklace

    1999
    reinforced paper, elastic thread
    W:2cm L:32cm
    £995
  • Black Necklace
    Nel Linssen

    Black Necklace

    2000
    reinforced paper, elastic thread
    W:3cm L:17cm
    £1,880
  • White/Blue Necklace
    Nel Linssen

    White/Blue Necklace

    2000
    reinforced paper, elastic thread
    W:2.2cm L:20.5cm
    £1,380
  • Dark Green Necklace
    Nel Linssen

    Dark Green Necklace

    2000
    Reinforced paper and elastic thread
    L:30cm
    Price on Application
  • Artist demonstrating her designs
    Nel Linssen

    Artist demonstrating her designs

    Nel Linssen demonstrating making paper jewellery
    Photograph: Valkhofmuseum