Eva van Kempen (Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 1976) is an Amsterdam based jewellery designer. She studied at the vocational school of Goldsmiths in Schoonhoven and Amsterdam and is currently participating in MA Challenging Jewellery under head tutors BLESS. The master's programme at Sandberg Institute (Gerrit Rietveld Academy) aims to look at the most pressing issues of our time, in order to allow ‘healing’.
Eva van Kempen's work evolved drastically when she was confronted with illness. In 2015 she presented her jewellery line "LifeLines" made from safe medical waste. She did so in a solo-exhibition in the Amsterdam Medical Centre, the hospital where she used to be a patient. At the invitation of Museum de Fundatie Eva van Kempen designed jewellery for busts and portraits of sculptors whose work the museum aquired down the years. With the exhibition "Ready-To-Bear" the artist has managed to 'inject' some sparkle underpinned by a sense of wryness into the often paradoxical themes of illness, fertility, life and death.
In 2020 instagram censored a facefilter / virtual replica of a crown "Lady liberty" made of expired abortion pill packs as part of jewellery line " freedom as luxury". the crown is inspired by the statue of liberty by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. it was made for contemporary jewellery exhibition nuda vita curated by Ilaria Ruggiero. the facefilter was designed in collaboration with women on web and was meant to go live on instagram on march 4, 2020 when an important Supreme Court Case started. The pro-choice awareness campaign was meant to be shared under #LiberateAbortionPills