I get my inspiration from the old, the odd, the found, the image, contrasts and colours, stones, the sparkle, the light and the heavy, the story, the movement, the moment, distance and lines.
I am a Melbourne-based goldsmith and jewellery designer. Born and raised in Germany, I studied goldsmithing at the staatlichen Zeichenakademie (state drawing akademie) for three years and afterwards jewellery design at the Fachhochschule für Gestaltung (Pforzheim).
In 1999 I packed a very large box with my belongings (it had to fit my workbench) and emigrated to Australia to start a new adventure. I went on studying Jewellery and 3D design at Curtin University in Western Australia, where I was lucky to win both the “Artisans of the Sea” award for outstanding achievement in Jewellery/3D design, and the award for best student in the third year visual research programme. After a beautiful time on Western Australian beaches I moved to Melbourne in 2001 and have since been working as an independent jeweller, based in the Nicholas Building. All pieces are designed and handmade in my little blue studio.
In addition to working with found objects, I favour a two dimensional approach. Through the use of the traditional technique of hand engraving and carving I like to transform the medium of drawing into three dimensional wearable pieces.