Nel Linssen – Bracelet and Necklace


Nel Linsen –

Born: 1935
Place of Birth: Mook/Middelaar, Netherlands

Nel Linssen takes an intuitive approach to her bracelets and necklaces made from paper; however, it is also an approach based on years of research and haptic knowledge. The relationship between wearer and viewer is the essence of Linssen’s jewellery, its articulation on the body enhancing and highlighting its colours and textures. While the wearer is aware of the sensuous nature and movement of the jewellery, the viewer is drawn to the constant visual changes to the work wrought by the slightest movement of the body.

“Laminated paper stiffened with a middle layer of green glass fibre; folded repeating elements threaded on an elastic cord” “Circumference: 16.5 cm, Depth: 3.5 cm”

My work arises intuitively and in an empirical way. I am continually trying to discover logical constructions, inspired by rhytms and structures in the botanical world.


In the development of my ideas the use of paper as a means of expressing myself was an obvious choice. As a material, it possesses a lot of qulities that come in useful to me. Moreover, the tactile qualities of paper are important in connection with wearable objects.

The cause for a new type of research is often quite coincindental. Struck by a certain form of material, I start a quest in which an interaction arises of thought and action in order to attain a useful concept. Finding the appropriate technical solutions is an important challenge in connection with this.


Handcrafted from neutral-hued papers, her jewelry embraces a mathematical elegance born from modular and logical problem solving. Don’t mistake it for something that is cold and immutable, however. Linssen’s work comes alive when it cleaves to its wearer, exhibiting shifts in color and contours that vary from person to person, moment to moment.

Her paper-craft jewelry may look disarmingly simple, but the Dutch designer’s crisp collars and razor-edged bracelets are anything but child’s play. Inspired by botanical rhythms and structures, Linssen’s “logical constructions” are designed to respond to the wearer’s movements . Every precise cut and fold conspires to create tessellated pieces that are at once minimalist in aesthetic and texturally complex.

Techniques and Processess used to make

Her collection of necklaces and bracelets are created from a special cardboard called ‘trough‘ and her process of design has been one of research and trial & error. I think this fact is at the heart of her success… Her research has not only been concerned with shape but also with colour, cut and folds, and light and shade – all integral to the interplay that occurs when one wears a piece of jewellery. Her work is known to ‘come alive’ on the wearer which is easy to imagine when one regards these continuous modular sculptures.

Original use of Materials

Coated Paper natural product, not sure what coated with, prob something simple to prodect it from water / sweat etc! It not very noticable.
Elastic Thread used in clothing

How treated / transformed

Coated with a layer of protective material, probably plastic to protect the paper.


I really love these pieces of jewellery, while i would not wear them, i think they are a beatiful shape, and made to such as high standard. Not to mention all the effort put into them. The bracelets sells from £150 ea. I realyl like papercraft and have dabbled with it myself, but not to this extent.

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