Emma Piirtoniemi. Feels Pendants installation, 2019. Carved acrylic, monofilament.


Emma Piirtoniemi

September 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Big Vitrine (facing onto Ontario Square)


Rooted in Emma Piirtoniemi’s contemporary jewellery practice, she investigates methods that bring the innate intimacy of tactile objects to non-wearable contexts.

Feels expands the individual’s experience with jewellery to become shared by many at once. This expansion of scope is manifested through the multiplication of carved acrylic pendants, suspended in a glimmering, perpetual burst. Fireworks are denoted as a motif: engaging with phenomena, the manufacture of spectacle, and the collective experience of moments of beauty.

The use of the colloquial term “feels” plays to an inexplicable and overwhelming sense of emotion. These aspects of our interior emotional lives, however unspoken or unquantifiable they may be, happen through deeply affecting experiences and meaningful moments of contemplation.

Through Feels, Emma hopes to spark reflective engagement illuminating the validity of feeling and the importance of taking time, if just for a moment.

Part of Festival of Cool: The Arctic


Emma Piirtoniemi is inspired by jewellery’s ability to convey big ideas on an intimate scale and views the discipline as an accessible art form in contemporary culture. Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Emma is an emerging jewellery artist, writer, and curator. She completed her BFA Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing and Minor in Art History at NSCAD University (2016) and has exhibited nationally and internationally. She is a core member of MetalAid Canadian Contemporary Jewellery Network and has curated exhibitions of contemporary craft. Emma was accepted as an Artist-in-Residence (Metal) at Harbourfront Centre in 2017.