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Katrine Borup wins the Biennale Prize 2009

Jewellery designer Katrine Borup’s brooch convinced the jury at the Biennale for Craft and Design, which acknowledged her use of humour to comment on our common need to display status and consumption.

The brooch "power-flower" was originally created for Danish Crafts' CC12, and in a very literal sense it invites the discussion of values that many of Katrine Borup’s works revolve around. Jewellery is often used as a status symbol, and people are typically more willing to pay for precious materials than for good ideas and creativity.The title "power-flower" also plays with the related term flower-power, the slogan of a bygone era with different values than the ones we embrace today.

Jewellery is often used as a status symbol, and people are typically more willing to pay for precious materials than for good ideas and creativity.The title "power-flower" also plays with the related term flower-power, the slogan of a bygone era with different values than the ones we embrace today.

2009 Biennale for Craft and Design

The Biennale Prize of 100,000 Dkr. was divided between three works, each in their way related to the theme of the 2009 Biennale: sustainability. 178 craftspeople and designers had submitted projects to the Biennale office, vying for the Biennale Prize. 30 projects were selected by the jury, and at the exhibition opening on 6 May, the three winning projects were revealed.In addition to Katrine Borup’s "power-flower", the Biennale Prize was also awarded to Maria Kirk Mikkelsen’s children’s wallpaper Jungle and to Nils Toft and Henrik Jeppesen’s wave power machine Wave Star.