The work of artist Ted Noten is very hard to label: is it art? Design? Craftsmanship? The only label that fits his work is the label that reads ‘Ted Noten’. Noten has earned fame for his bags and jewellery, in which he employs a broad range of objects which he has multiplied, using casts. Used objects are less commonly found or seen - cocaine, a dead mouse wearing a tiny necklace, guns and gold rings.
Ted Noten’s aim is to makehis work function both as a criticism of society and as a reminder of the history of product design - more specifically, the history of jewellery design. In his work, he responds to themes such as violence, greed and love. His designs are marked by humour, irony and small innovations. He finds it very important that his work sparks a dialogue with the world around it. Its strength lies in removing iconic symbols from their usual environment and placing them in new contexts. He radically changes the perception of an object. He searches for an object’s essence, isolates it and puts the spotlight on it – influenced by symbolic values.
‘Far beyond passion and his discipline – that’s Jan.’
For ‘Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures’, Noten received two of Jan's finest shoe models to date: the ‘Mata Hari’ and the ‘Fong Leng 1’. He has used these shoes associatively as a basis for two different artworks - Ode to the Suffragette and Gold is a Girl's Best Friend.
Gold is a Girl's Best Friend has developed into a necklace. It seemed the right thing to do: Noten wanted to emphasize his feeling that Jan Jansen shoes are jewellery.
Ted Noten's work is sold worldwide. His work has been exhibited in Tokyo, New York, Chicago and everywhere in between.
Since 2005, all work made in the studio is credited to Atelier Ted Noten. Noten himself functions as the conceptual grand master and ambassador of Studio Ted Noten, but the projects, installations and exhibitions are executed by the team that makes up the Studio.