ABOUT NRTN Jewellery
NRTN is an experimental unisex designer brand focusing on jewellery and design.
NRTN jewellery approaches every piece of jewellery like an art piece. Everything we design, we design for a sounding statement. We make jewellery using both traditional techniques, experimental new technologies and cross fields unconventional approaches.
Our design lab motto has remained the same since the inception of the brand in 2016 – to create bold, unique and brilliant jewellery that exists on the edge of space and time.
Our studio is located in Tallinn, Estonia. All works are handmade in Estonia.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR – HANSEL TAI
Hansel Tai is a jewellery artist and a designer working and residing in Estonia. Tai graduated from both Estonian Academy of Arts and Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts. Hansel’s work focuses on queer culture in the Post-internet Epoch. To Hansel, the future is now: time swells towards us from the future and the past, forming a hyperstitional reality. The apocalypse is here, but so is utopia, in which the natural is shadowed by the body cult, deformation, subcultural signs and high gloss metal, and digital voodoo is materialised into fetish objects.
Some of the awards include:
2021 Best designed Estonian books of 2020 – KINGDOM OF DREAMS, Tallinn, EE
2019 Enjoia’t MISUI Award 2019, Barcelona, SP
2019 Second Finalist Enjoia’t Awards 2019, Barcelona, SP
2019 Cum Laude of graduation, Estonian Academy of Arts, EE
2018 Amberif Design Award Finalist, Gdansk, PL
2016 Top Young 2016 Finalist, Ubi Gallery, Beijing, CN
CODA Museum(NL), Museum Arnhem(NL)
Kadri Mälk(EE), Teng Fei(CN) among others
2020 i-D VICE These radical artists are screwing with jewellery in 2020
2019 Current Obsession #7 Issue Beneath Diamondised Skins
2019 SO MINT! NEO-GENESIS by Hansel Tai
2019 ESTONIAN ART 1 2019 Sexting You with All My Heart
2019 CURRENT OBSESSION Content Piercing the Divine Body
2019 Current Obsession Paper for Munich Jewellery Week 2019
2017 AUTOR Magazine #4 – The Senses Issue
2016 Media Feature, Current Obsession Feature
More about Hansel’s art work: hanseltai.com