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I was born in Estonia in a family of an artist and a photographer. Having graduated with MA cum laude diploma from Estonian Academy of Arts in 2015 (Jewellery and Blacksmithing), I was trained additionally at Florian Ladstätter’s studio in Vienna, and by prof Karol Weisslechner in Bratislava. Currently, I work in my studio in Tallinn, creating collections that seeks a nature of Eros and digital culture. I can easily imagine my jewellery in a futurological movie where it could be worn by an urban princess or prince. There are certain emotions in my works: love, curiosity and excitement.

Artist’s statement

A  strong piece of  jewellery is an  essence;  it is  resulted from  fusion of  humility and desire. The  fusion is a  quality that comes only  while controlling  its’  richest saturation – poisonous in a big doses. Artist  is a perfumer  whose fragrance takes physical form only  when created by previously  written  recipe. It’s  all  somehow  intimate. Artist  and  jewellery become shy lovers allured by unsaid words of love.

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27.12.1989 | Estonia
+372 58283171

Education
2013 – 2015 Estonian Academy of Arts. Tallinn. Jewellery and Blacksmithing. Prof Kadri Mälk. MA
2012 – 2013 Estonian Academy of Arts. Tallinn. Guest student at Jewellery and Blacksmithing department. Prof Kadri Mälk
2011 Academy of Fine Arts and Design. Bratislava. Studio S+M+L+XL Metal and Jewellery. Prof Karol Weisslechner
2008 – 2012 Estonian Academy of Arts. Tallinn. Glass art and design. Prof Mare Saare. BA
2005 – 2008 Narva Art School. Narva. Estonia

Solo exhibitions
2017 “Eros Loading”, HOP Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2015 “Androgyny: jewellery beyond gender”, SUVA factory, Tallinn, Estonia
2011 “Touch”, University of Tartu Narva College, Narva, Estonia

Selected group exhibitions
2017
“Testament”, duo exhibition with Kadri Mälk, Gallery BIRO, Munich
2016
ESTONISHING ! 13* Eestist, Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn Estonia
“Symptom”, EAA Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
“Estonishing ! 13* from Estonia”, Galeria Thomas Cohn, São Paulo Brazil
“CATHEXIS”, during Melting Point 2016, Escuela superior de Arte y Diseño de Valencia, Spain
“Kafedra”, Narva Art Residency, Estonia
“Estonishing ! 13* from Estonia”, International Trade Fair Schmuck, Representing Galeria Thomas Cohn, Munich, Germany
“Talente 2016″, International Trade Fair for the Skilled Trades Munich, Germany
“Winter Breath”, Gallery Putti, Vilnius, Lithuania
2015
Marzee Graduate Show 2015, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2014

Ferromenaalne”, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
“Oomen”, Helios Cinema, Tallinn, Estonia
2013
Virvatuled”, Estonian Museum Of Applied Art And Design, Tallinn, Estonia
“For less than 50 000 I will do nothing”, Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia
2012
“…In the eyes of the beholder”, Gallery PINK, Tallinn, Estonia
2011
“Girl for everything”, Gallery Nova, Bratislava, Slovakia
“Glass is fun for us”, Congress center in Zilina, Slovakia
“Winter review”, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia
2010
“Bites into Glass”, St Patrick’s pub, Tallinn, Estonia
“Taste of Glass”, Olustvere grange, Olustvere, Estonia
“Just born”, T-Galerii, Tallinn, Estonia
“Tell Me One Story”, Tower Kuldjala, Tallinn, Estonia

Publications
See more here: http://popolitova.com/media/

Selected courses and workshops
2013
“Air”, workshop by Ruudt Peters, Tallinn

“Exercise in uncertainty: design for a changing world”, intensive course by  Suzanne Martin, Tallinn

2012  Designing jewellery collection for Xenia Joost clothing brand, tutors Piret Hirv and Eve Margus-Villems, Tallinn
2012
Granulation course, tutor Harold O’Connor, Tallinn

2011
“Shining”, tutors Bety Majernikova and Matus Cepka, Bratislava

2009
Stained glass restauration for Tallinn City Museum, tutors Eve Koha and Liisi Junolainen, Tallinn

Internship
2014  Florian Landstätter’s studio in Vienna, Austria

Giving talks
10.10.2017 “Social Club”, series of conversations organised by Current ObsessionMunich, Germany
28.10.2016  Conference: Design Education 50. Wins and Fails, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn
27.08.2016 PechaKucha, Giving a speech “Eros Loading”, ARS House, Tallinn
10.10.2015 TEDx Conference, Giving a speech at the conference with topic: „Androgyny: Jewellery Beyond Gender“, Narva, Estonia
01.05.2014 Lecture about Estonian Jewellery and Blacksmithing department, Saint Petersburg Art and Industry Academy, Russia

Work experience
2017 Oct – Dec.  Guest lecturer, conducting a course “Digital Intimacy” for BA students of Jewellery and Blacksmithing Art department, Tallinn, Estonia
2016 – 
Museum pedagogue at Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn, Estonia
2016 Nov. Assistant of Prof Kadri Mälk 
2015 Sept – Dec. Guest lecturer, guiding the process of creating jewellery and objects for Oil Shale Competence Center.  Participants in the course were BA and MA students of Jewellery and Balcksmithing Department at Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia

2015 – 2016  Teacher of drawing, Istituto di Moda Burgo Eesti Moekool, Tallinn, Estonia
2014 Assistant at “Florian jewelry” Ltd, creating and executing jewellery styles, assisting the sales of the brand during Paris Fashion week 2014, contacting buyers at a showroom in Paris, Vienna, Austria
2012 – 2015 Jewellery designer, Design and production of jewellery collections at the company Monquer, Tallinn, Estonia

2013  Excursionist at an exposition of minerals, archiver, Museum of Sillamäe, Estonia
2012 – 2013 Web Store Curator, Launching the international online jewelry store “Jewelum”, Tallinn, Estonia
2011 –  Jewellery artist and designer, creating and exhibiting unique and serial jewellery collections

Grants, awards and honors
2016 Young Estonian Jewellery Award 

2016 Selected in Talente Competition 2016, Munich, Germany

2015 Selected in Marzee International Graduation Show, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Nitherlands

2015 Selected by Klimt02 to the series of publication “Selected Graduates”

Projects
2013  Project for Ivo Nikkolo clothing company, designing crowns for showcases, Tallinn, Estonia
2012  Creating design and making prizes for “Tallink” shipping company, Tallinn, Estonia

Unique jewellery at collections
Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Jewellery and Blacksmithing department’s collection, Tallinn, Estonia

Sillamäe Museum’s collection, Estonia
Private collections

Design jewellery on sale
Estonian Design House, Tallinn, Estonia
Les Petites, Tallinn, Estonia
Oma Asi Design, Tallinn, Estonia
Krunnipea Butiik, Tallinn, Estonia,
Pallopsoni, Saaremaa, Estonia
Nu Nordik, Tallinn, Estonia
TALI, Tallinn, Estonia
Baltic.Space, Riga, Lithuania