A Life Full of Holes
“The walkabouts. The light will stay on” Gudrun replies. The walk-a-what? I have never heard of the band or the song. Have you? For a change, my ignorance about the Walkabouts is not a result of my negligence of hip music trends but rather due to the age difference between Gudrun and I. Gudrun is about 20 years older than I am and listened to the band while traveling the world. In the 90’s. When they were hip.Read More
Braiding jewellery with hair is a vanishing hand craft with a very labour intensive process. Since this artistry is almost forgotten all of the needed tools are improvised and the books on braiding patterns hard to find. To illustrate the process for you and to give you an idea how much work goes into a piece I made a little video series.
•PROCESS VIDEO No1•
Counting hair. 1, 2,3,... I'm not a very pedantic person but for an even and perfect braid I up my precision and count each hair. Afterwards all those tiny bundles of hair are knotted to tiny weights -by hand- which go on a weaving loom called "Jatte". And then you braid like a mofo.
•PROCESS VIDEO No2•
Dancing the dance of the hair braid. Ok, I have to admit, it's quite a repetitive dance and even though this video is mainly a time-lapse video of only the last bit of the braid, it's a tat ... ehm... boring. No sugarcoating that one. Nonetheless: enjoy! And yes, it's a labour- intensive craft but it's so rewarding to have the finished piece in the hands and see the transformation from a bundle of#700strandsofhair to a piece of very personal jewellery. Get's me every time
• PROCESS VIDEO No 3•
The devil is in the detail.... that's why I make my own tiny details rather than going for store bought closures. These are the silver details for a pair of customized earrings which I oxidized. I just love the transformation of the shiny silver to the oxidized matt black ⚫️
Missing those creative play dates from your childhood where you and your partner in crime collaborated with ease and created something great by accident? It came so easy back then. But, oh, aimless, playful collaboration where have you gone in my adult days?
I just recently re-discovered this easiness in creative co-creation and I'm sharing my insights with you in the hope to inspire you to go wild.
In mid december 2015 I got a call from the journalist Nicole Ris from Madrid asking if she could interview me for AJ+ about my Tangible Truths project. Yes, please! It only took us 6 months to find the right timing. And it was worth the wait!Read More
It' no secret, the Circle of Friends necklace is definitely the popular kid among my designs. So popular in fact that I'm gonna share some infos about this beauty with you.Read More
The story of my new petite adornment on my left handRead More
Melisa dropped by my studio and we talked a little about fashion, materials and how awkward we get when talking about our inevitable death.
I have been asked frequently how much hair I need to make a simple braid. If you belong to those who don't want to radically cut off your long locks but badly want a commissioned piece, fret no more because here is my secret trick to collect hair. No one will even notice some strands went missing with this cheeky technique:
"Hello, So nice to see you again!"
"YES! It's been a while..."
"What have you been up to lately?"
"Me? I'm working on a limited edition series called CIRCLE OF FRIENDS and this is the first piece. The hair I'm using is from my friends and yes, each piece comes with a certificate and a short bio about the donors hair."
"You are working with hair? Human hair?"
"Yes, human hair. If you think about it abstractly, it's just a natural fiber like let's say Merino wool which is spun from the hair of a sheep. Did you know that in wool production it's really hard to follow the origin of the fiber to the animal it comes from?"
"No, I never thought about that.... which is weird. When it comes to meat or any other animal product that we eat, we want to know where it grew up and how it was held and so on. But when I put on my wool socks I never wonder where that animal lived that produced the fiber... and how it lived. So your certificate criticizes this circumstance?"
" Well, it's common to hand out a certificate when you sell an original art work or a piece from a limited edition. So, no, I'm not directly commenting on the circumstance itself. Or Maybe I am? I don't know. To me it feels more like I'm playing with our concept of "agreeable material" and our rising conscious for production and consumption. ... And of course I can assure my clients that I take very good care of my "livestock". I eat with them, talk to them, listen to their concerns... I even do Yoga with some of them. I keep my livestock small to make sure each of them gets the individual love & care they need."
What a great opportunity to show my work to a bigger crowd and to meet customers and collectors! The medical pavilion was an interesting collection of artist working with body, soul and health related concepts.
I will exhibit at this years SIERAAD Art Fair in Amsterdam among other talented designers at the Medical Pavilion, a pavilion dedicated to jewellery related to healing. Come and visit me in the beginning of november and have a closer look at the pieces I create.
Here is a short statement by the organizers about this special pavilion:
Whether you yourself wear something because you believe in its healing and protective properties: since time immemorial jewellery has been used against all kinds of disorders. In the ‘medical pavilion’ you will find our own First Aid Station with a healthy dose of thematic jewellery!
With work of Ruudt Peters, Paul Derrez, Christiane Wiechert, Francesca Gabrielli, Jillian Moore, Josefine Mass, Melissa Cameron & Jill Hermans, Dania Chelminsky, Sybille Paulsen, Evelien Sipkes, Nora Rochel, Ying Chen, Uli Rapp, Margo Huisman en Juan Harnie.
Every once in a while your life's path is crossed by extra ordinary people*. Charlotte and Zsuzsa, the two ladies for whom I made these bracelet's, definitely belong to this category. It was a great joy to design and work for them and I'm very happy with the outcome of this mother-daughter project.
I recently had a lot of conversations about my project and what the objects I create stand for. Are they narrative objects? And if so what story do they tell? My intention is that they tell a story of transformation. But what point of the transformation do they illustrate? The coming back to life after diving into the unknown, the turning point in the heroine's journey. The object reminds us of the change we experienced and the wisdom we have gained from the crisis.
Zsuzsa had kept the hair she lost during chemotherapy for quite a while, not really knowing what to do with it until her daughter Charlotte told her about my work. She recently underwent her last reconstructive surgery and they both decided that it was an excellent moment to commission their bracelets. When I heard about the changes Zsuzsa had made in her life and how well she was recovering it made me smile and my heart dance with joy.
*I have to admit that ever since I started this project extra ordinary people pop up all around me ;)
Ab und zu kreuzen unserem Lebensweg ganz außergewöhnliche Menschen.* Charlotte und Zsuzsa, die beiden Damen für die ich diese Armbänder angefertigt habe gehören auf jeden Fall in diese Kategorie. Es war eine Freude für sie zu designen und ich bin sehr zufrieden mit dem Ergebnis dieses Mutter-Tochter-Projekts.
In der letzten Zeit habe ich viele Gespräche über mein Projekt und die Objekte, die ich anfertige, geführt. Wofür stehen sie? Erzählen sie eine Geschichte? Und wenn ja, welche Geschichte erzählen sie? Meine Intention ist, dass sie eine Geschichte über Transformation erzählen. Aber welchen Punkt in der Transformation illustrieren sie? Das Wider-Auftauchen nach dem Abstieg ins Ungewisse, der Wendepunkt in der Geschichte der Heldin. Das Objekt erinnert uns an die Veränderung, die wir erlebt haben und das Wissen, welches wir aus der Krise mitbringen.
Zsuzsa hatte ihr verlorenes Haar nach der Chemo aufgehoben ohne zu wissen, was sie damit machen sollte bis ihre Tochter Charlotte sie auf meine Arbeit aufmerksam gemacht hat. Da sie kürzlich ihre letzte OP hatte, beschlossen sie, das es ein geeigneter Zeitpunkt war zwei Armbänder bei mir in Auftrag zu geben. Zu hören, welche Veränderungen Zsuzsa in ihrem Leben vorgenommen hat und wie gut sie sich erholt, freut mich besonders.
* Zugeben, seitdem ich mit diesem Projekt angefangen habe, tauchen ständig außergewöhnliche Menschen um mich herum auf.
Aziza is wearing her dainty wristband that I made for her for my Tangible Truths series. Her hair was short, 10cm, and it was quite a challenge to work with it. We decided for two thin braids, held by silver clasps and a dark brown leather cord. I added a petrol thread for a colorful accent.
On the photos she is also wearing a silver bangle, a present from her father and a beige dress, a present from her sister. The carpet on the pictures is by MYK Berlin and a favorite of Aziza. Surround yourself with objects that spark joy :)
Aziza trägt ihr zierliches Armband, welches ich für sie für die Berührbare Wahrheiten Serie angefertigt habe. Ihr Haar war sehr kurz, nur 10cm, und es war eine ganz schöne Herausforderung mit der Länge zu arbeiten. Wir haben uns für zwei dünne Flechtwerke entschieden, die mit silbernen Details verbunden werden. Ein kleiner petrolfarbener Farbakzent lockert das Design auf.
Auf den Bildern trägt sie ebenfalls einen Armreif, den sie von ihrem Vater geschenkt bekommen hat und ein Kleid, das ein Geschenk ihrer Schwester ist . Der Teppich auf den Bildern ist von MYK Berlin und ein Lieblingsstück von Aziza. Umgebe dich mit Objekten, die Freude in dir hervorrufen :)
Celebrating womance with 18ct gold details and a lot of hair: 3 daughter's, two grand children and the best friend combined in a long, elegant necklace.
Ein wahres Familienstück aus viel Haar & Gold: Eine lange, elegante Kette aus den Haaren der drei Töchter, der zwei Enkelkinder und der besten Freundin. Ein Familienportrait mal anders.
My customer Ho is a rare beauty- his hair turned grey super early (he claims he was only 7 years old when the first white hair was discovered on his head). I created a two tone braid by separating his hair. It takes much longer but we both think it was worth the effort :) The clasps are sterling silver and the additional band is a braided leather.
Mein Kunde Ho ist eine seltene Schönheit, denn sein Haar ergraute schon in frühen Kindertagen ( er behauptet sein erstes graues Haar mit 7 entdeckt zu haben). Ein ebenso besonderes Stück war gefragt. Das zweifarbiges Haarband besteht aus seinen grauen Haaren, die vorher von mir nach Farbe sortiert wurden. Das dauert ewig, hat sich aber gelohnt :) Das Armband wird mit einem zweifarbig geflochtenem Lederband ergänzt und durch einen silbernen Verschluss zusammen gehalten.
I have a new obsession with hollow braids and vintage marbled glass beads. They go so well together