Galerie Tactus is a new exhibition space for contemporary gold and silver jewellery in downtown Copenhagen. The main lines of jewellery on display at the moment are not only designed but also handmade by Lina Christensen and her team. The core collection is Very Thin, which consists of a large number of elements – chains and various pendants – that can be combined in endless ways, whichever way the client likes it.
In 2007, Tactus started a small-scale production in a village in the Isaan Region of northern Thailand. Many young people in this area don’t see a future there, and yet the crafts tradition is such a strong part of their history. Lina Christensen began by training ten young locals to become high-level goldsmiths, who then found reason to stay. Today, one of them, Na, is in charge of day-to-day activities at Tactus Thailand.
New ideas and new projects arise from this exchange. Denmark has a metalwork and jewellery tradition; Thailand has silk and a high-quality weaving tradition. The two cultures share a love of design and good craftsmanship. It’s a bit like making music. We each take out our instruments, and tune them together. This kind of work has been part of all cultures at all times.