Creative and artistic expression have always played a big role in my life, but my passion for contemporary jewellery I only discovered during the last year of my 3D-Design studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK. After that I specialized in contemporary jewellery at ALCHIMIA - Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence, Italy with Prof. Manfred Bischoff and Prof. Ruudt Peters.
Since 2009 I’m living and working as a contemporary jewellery artist and active member of STOSSIMHIMMEL - Atelier for contemporary jewellery in Vienna.
I find inspiration in things that we can see but are somehow unobtainable, untouchable, unreachable...I feel the need to materialise my inner landscape into my own imagined reality.
In recent years I found that balsa wood, an incredibly lightweight and transformable material, allows me to do this.
My process is very intuitive.
I work directly with the material, with a vague idea in my head. The forms emerge spontaneously while carving the wood. I start with a large block from which I carve a rough form that will then be cut into smaller parts, that will be carved again. Thus my pieces develop simultaneously in small groups. After I create the base in wood, I start applying various paints and materials; layer by layer they grow until they mutate into something else.
The material, for me, is inspiration and challenge at the same time. It is transformed in such a way that it changes completely, until it becomes something else entirely until it becomes jewellery...