About

I’m a Swedish jewellery maker, now living in The Netherlands. I make jewellery as a side activity alongside my work, and combine digital days in the office with more occasional (but oh, so precious!) spare moments behind my workbench at home.

When I first started this blog, I wanted to use it to showcase jewellery that I make. A few months into the project, I realised that it will be about more than that. I also want to share thoughts around jewellery in general, what it is that inspires me and what I’m working on.

Jewellery has so many meanings, on so many levels. Was there ever a time in history or a place on earth where people did not care about jewellery? No. Whether it has been for beauty, status, power, to confirm human relationships or simply for trade, jewellery has always been part of human culture, and always will be.

Why “galeriaredelius”? I have had this name in my head for more than ten years. It is like a tweak of my own name, with a Spanish spelled “gallery” in it. Just felt right.

Another idea that I had when I started the blog was to mix languages. Again, pretty soon I realised that it would become messy. I have decided to post mainly in English, a tiny bit of Swedish might slip in. I was blessed with a brain designed for languages and have had the chance to learn a few, so please, if you want to get in touch, feel free to write either in Scandinavian (Swedish-Danish-Norwegian) or in English, German, Spanish, French or Dutch. I love to cross language borders and look forward to getting in touch with jewellery lovers/makers from across the world.

Thanks for your interest, and keep in mind: there might be more to jewellery than you think!

Gunilla Redelius

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80 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you so much for finding and following dragonshades. I love the evolution of your blog and the idea behind it. The best jewellery can be not only a thing of decorative beauty but also a perfect tiny world. Much pleasure and success in your creation.

    • Thank you so much for your comment, you have no idea how much it means to me! You actually put words on what I feel about this blog: it’s like creating a small world of its own. So glad you came to visit, you are welcome anytime. And I just love dragonshade, pure visual meditation!

  2. Hej! Nice work you have here and a good blog- I am new to WordPress so mine is a shambles at the moment, but I am learning! People say my work has a Scandinavian feel to it, and I take that as a compliment…and Sweden has always been a big part of my life. My uncle moved to Sweden in the 50’s and married my aunt, and he became a naturalised Swede. I have two cousins, have visited many times, and one of my best friends here in the UK is Swedish. I can count to 20 in Swedish (Ha ha)!

    • Hej Henrietta! Great to see you on WordPress, and here in my little corner of it! I look forward to see how your blog develops and see more of your work. Nice to hear about your Swedish connections as well. When I did a jeweller training in Belgium, I was told I had a Scandinavian style, but I could not really see that myself. I guess sometimes the differences are subtle. Enjoy the blogging, I look forward to be following you!

    • Thank you so much, Silvia, this makes me really happy, you have no idea. i’ll find some more time in May to pass it on (April was kind of hectic, don’t know why…? 😉 )

  3. Gunilla, thanks for your support yesterday – it meant a lot to me …. I wish you a great weekend with sunshine and warmth – but I would always like to pass this award on to you –
    “I am part of the WordPress Family” – http://wp.me/p293Pw-6cY

  4. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking my post! I appreciate it very much. I’ve enjoyed my visit here and look forward to following your posts. 😀

  5. It’s funny how people begin blogs with something in mind, then they evolve in unexpected ways. Your work is beautiful! That you speak so many languages – well, I envy that! Thank you very much for the follow; I hope you enjoy my posts from far away.

    • Woops, I had missed to get back to you here… By now, you know that I really enjoy your posts! Thanks for the encouraging comments. I’ll just see how this blog continues from here.

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking so many of my photos! I am jealous that you know so many languages! I have always dreamed of traveling to your part of the world, hopefully one day I will get the chance to go 🙂

    • It’s the way I’m wired, I guess, a bit language geeky.
      I love your photos! Yes, there is so much to discover in this world. I find that blogging can help get a glimpse of other places too, at least visually.

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog! I love what you are doing with the A to Z challenge and your jewelry designs are amazing.

  8. Hello there Gunilla. First off, I really like your name as I have never seen a name like that before. I just wanted to drop by and thank you for following my blog. I also wanted to wish you the best of luck in your future blogging.

    • Hello Zydaen, thank you so much! My name comes from an old Nordic name (Gunhild) which means warrior woman, but I can assure you that I’m a quiet and peaceful person.
      You too, good luck with the rest of A to Z and the blogging life after that!

    • Tack, vad roligt att du tycker om det jag gör. Framförallt jätteroligt att vi möts så här i bloggvärlden, tack vare din blogg inser jag hur vacker bilmetall är!

  9. I’m so delighted to have ‘met’ you here! Looking forward to seeing the artistry and thoughts of another Gunilla (the name of the beloved friend whose apartment in Stockholm I’m sitting in at the moment!) and getting to know your work.
    Warmest regards!
    Kathryn

    • Welcome Kathryn, me too I’m glad to have “met” you here. I have just spent a good moment on your blog and look forward to exploring more as you go along.
      I hope you enjoy Stockholm, it’s a very special city (especially for water lovers, like myself).

  10. “Was there ever a time in history or a place on earth where people did not care about jewellery?” As far as I know, the oldes known beads, from the Blombos cave in South Africa, are about 75000 years old. So you are working in a very old tradition indeed.

    • Thank you for mentioning this! I didn’t know there was any jewellery found that goes back that far in time, that’s amazing. And somehow comforting, too. Wow, what a perspective in time that is…

  11. I have really enjoyed browsing through your blog today! Your jewelry designs are stunning, and I look forward to seeing how the ’empowered’ range develops too 🙂

    • Thank you very much! Yes, it’s special to connect to each other around what we create or express, even if that is in completely different forms (words, metal, photography, etc). That is what I have come to love with blogging.

    • No need to apologise, on the contrary, thanks for the link, I have checked it and voted. (And sorry for the delay, I found your comment in the spam folder.)
      Although I understand that WP needs to look ahead and choose directions, it seems they risk to “throw away the baby with the bath water” here (which is a Swedish saying that may not make sense to anyone, but it means that you make such drastic changes that you also throw away the part that you treasure the most, the core).

  12. Hi there. Thanks for visiting my blog. Interesting musings you’ve got here about jewellery. I am not a wearer of jewellery but as an art form, I find you jewellery markers rock. If you want to see some interesting jewellery designs, Google “Anna Ruth Henriques jewellery”. I think you’ll find her work interesting.

    • Thank you so much! I have just checked her website, and you are right, I do find her work very interesting! Some pieces are kind of provocative and slightly scary (if you have an issue with spiders, like I do), but they are at the same time very beautiful. You’ve expanded my jewellery horizon yet a bit, thank you for that! And that’s what I like with jewellery, the horizon is endless, there is so much to discover!

  13. Gunilla! You are a very talented artist. I can barely master English let alone another language, so your knowledge of so many is admirable. Thanks for visiting my blog and keep up the fantastic work! One love 🙂

  14. Thank you for your support on my blog, Gunilla! I always love to see what my fellow blogger in the Netherlands is up to, whether it’s words or jewelry. Best to you, and “see” ya around!

    • Thanks, it’s good to have you around! It’s amazing, I had no idea what blogging could mean or bring when I started, I took the first steps in an experimental (and perhaps hesitating) way. All you great people out there, like yourself, make it so much worth it, and so rewarding!

  15. It is nice to “meet” you as I love both jewellery (usually buy a piece of two when I travel… a favourite souvenir) and Europe but I have a special fondness for all things Dutch as I lived in Zwolle for a year. I look forward to following you and watching you create. Happy blogging and have a great day, Cheryl from Canada, but soon to be Cairo (almost the same – ha ha)

    • Nice to “meet” you too, Cheryl! Funny, my commuter train is the one that goes from Amsterdam to Zwolle (I live in Almere, haven’t yet been to Zwolle, though). Welcome back here anytime you like, and I’ll follow your adventures in Cairo!
      And yes, isn’t jewellery the perfect souvenir to bring, you don’t need any luggage space for it, and everytime you wear it, it reminds you of where you got it.

      • Thanks so much 🙂 Have a great day and I will think of you and your blog the next time I purchase jewellery which most likely will be Egyptian. Take care, Cheryl

  16. Hi Gunilla, thanks for liking and commenting on my blog. This About page is great, and you’ve already changed my perceptions of jewellery by pointing out that it is valued for its ‘beauty, status, power, to confirm human relationships’. I never really thought about how deeply ingrained jewellery is in our culture until that point, I just thought of it as something pretty to wear.

    • Hi Adrian, I’m glad if my message came across here! Jewellery can be both things, something pretty to wear (which is important too!), and also so many other things. I think that the more you pay attention to it, the more you see this. Thanks for your input, much appreciated!

  17. Hi, thank you for liking and following my blog. I love your photos and your jewellery, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of both.

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