The brooch ButtOn is made of binchotan, also known as Purifying White Charcoal, and silver or sustainable gold from Oro Verde. The metal and the binchotan are combined by means of simple goldsmith’s techniques, and Gitte Nygaard strives to introduce a minimum of manipulation and additional elements with the goal of achieving a rough and almost unprocessed result. Binchotan is made in Japan and Korea, from oak branches, which are cut off without damaging the root structure of the tree. Unlike ordinary charcoal, binchotan is made by trapping the carbon in the wood without allowing it to escape as CO2, and the result is a truly organic and sustainable product.
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b. 1970, Danish jewellery designer
Gitte Nygaard graduated from the Danish College for Jewellery and Silversmithing in 1998 and from the jewellery department at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 2002. She has been nominated for the Rotterdam Designprijs at Museum Boijmans van Beunigen, in the Netherlands, and received working grants from Fonds voor beeldende kunsten vormgeving en bouwkunst in the Netherlands and the Danish Arts Foundation. On several occasions, she has been invited to participate in the project Cascoland in South Africa, an international collaborative project where artists and designers engage in local neighbourhoods to activate and develop the public space. When Gitte Nygaard is looking for materials for her jewellery she tries to find materials that will help her tell a story about the resulting piece. People should be able to decode the jewellery easily, but at the same time the jewellery should also invite a reflection on the traditions and conventions it springs from. To Nygaard, the power of jewellery design is that it can focus on a tiny physical area of just a few square centimetres while simultaneously highlighting related global and social issues.