With my background as a painter I tend to use paper or blank metal sheets as a starting point for my jewellery. These foldable materials urge for my attention and I love their possibilities. Paper especially has the expressive qualities that I'm looking for and is both light and flexible. I find there is something meditative in cutting and folding hundreds and hundreds of paper pieces, which I then use as building blocks in the construction of my jewellery. Paper makes it possible for me to connect a huge amount of items to each other without making the piece heavy or non-portable. No other material has yet offered me that same potential.
The human body’s ability to both amaze and dismay captivates me so the idea of people wearing my pieces as an extension of themselves is intriguing. My jewellery becomes a manmade growth to dress the body.
The human need to be adorn and to beautify has always captivated me. The Vanitas collection is inspired by Dutch still life paintings from the eighteenth century with decaying flowers and dark undertones. My jewellery becomes a floral painting made out of brooches in shape of flowers and small houseflies. Bright colored on front but with blackened backsides to represent transience. When using the jewellery to decorate yourself you will tear down the painting in the case of your vanity.
I have always felt a strong connection to the ocean. Many of my sources of inspiration comes from there. I love delicate but rough surfaces like seaside barnacles or rock lichens, which are both very fragile and strong. In Yearn I worked with my somewhat ambiguous relationship to the ocean. It feels like part of me, yet I am scared of the world hidden under the surface. Even so, whenever I am distanced from the ocean I get a sense that something is missing or stolen from me. These pieces of jewellery tells the story of this yearning.