Since many many years SIERAAD is an important springboard for graduates and students of this International renowned jewelry academy. This year we will meet the students below. They introduce them selves to you:
In my newest body of work „about colour“ I use a range of colours derived from my personal life and surroundings. Various materials highlight different qualities and aspects of colour: Soft and tactile brooches are made of hand-dyed wool. Geometrical shapes are formed out of printed linen. Depending on the line of sight, the viewer and wearer discover different colour schemes.
In my pieces of jewellery, I use the finest structures of nature. My main focus is working with computer tomography, 3D printing and the most modern technology. They enable me to bring the already available wonderful structures of nature to the human body.
Yiqing Cai is a jewelry and product designer from Shanghai, and is currently living and working in Düsseldorf. In her work Yiqing occupies herself with the ambiguity between beauty and ugliness. In her master‘s final project, aptly named „Pretty Ugly“, she is exploring the subjective nuances between the viewer‘s feelings and the paradox of ugliness. Her work culminates in an installation, that combines both her creative and artistic ambitions.
Laura Christmann is a jewelry and product designer from Düsseldorf. In her works, she applies both manual crafting as well as new technologies, her favorite materials being wood, metals and porcelain. For her bachelor‘s thesis, she is concentrating on the sequence, repetition and layering of geometrical forms. A flat surface is transformed into a three-dimensional form by applying incisions and mechanical movements to it. Laura is fascinated by how a rigid form is broken up by movement and the accompanying changes to its structure, thereby creating ever new imagery. A seemingly unremarkable object reveals its mysteries; a form is never steady, but rather always in between different states of being.
YaNing Chuang is a designer from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Translated to English, her name stands for ‚elegance‘ and ‚calmness‘, which also combines the words for ‚meaning‘ and ‚heart‘ or ‚soul‘. YaNing wants to express these peaceful character traits through her works, while simultaneously keeping things simple and wholehearted. William Hazlitt once said, ‚Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.‘ YaNing, however, regards wit as an asset, since life becomes more enjoyable and pleasant if you add a bit of spice to it. The main purpose of her master‘s thesis is to improve our mood in everyday life by infusing her wit into her products, thereby enriching our lives.
Eva Hanak is engaged in both fields of product and jewelry design. Due to her previous training as a goldsmith, quality workmanship is of utter importance to her. Her works captivate through a graphical and straightforward language of forms. With great devotion, she is developing her products with the aim of surprising and inspiring curiosity in others. Working in different fields of expertise is her main source of inspiration and spices up each new project she embarks on. For her bachelor‘s final project, Eva Hanak is developing seating furniture for indoor bouldering and climbing gyms, which is inspired by the movements of climbers on actual rock.
Karin Heimberg stands for conceptual and contemporary jewelry design. She devises collections based on different thematic focal points and grants new insights into it‘s own unique little world. While looking for ideas in arts and culture, her source of inspiration comes mainly from the various objects and forms of jewelry. After finishing her training as a goldsmith at Zeichenakademie Hanau, Karin is now studying jewelry design in the bachelor‘s and master‘s program at HSD. Her style contains a mixture of influences from various cultures. In her work, straightforwardness meets ornamental elements. For this, she does not exclusively rely on traditional materials, but is also experimenting with new techniques. Inspired by the African tribe of the Kassena, she is developing her own language of forms for her final project, culminating in a series of jewelry pieces.
Anna-Maria Heuer‘s works are inspired by optical illusions and warped perspectives. Her main interest lies on irritating elements in the viewer‘s line of sight and the resulting curiosity. She obtained her skills and knowledge through her studies in fashion design and applied art and design. In her bachelor‘s final project, Anna-Maria devotes herself to anamorphosis – an optical effect caused by an intermingling play of distorted depictions and the viewer‘s perspective. She uses this old technique by applying it to today‘s fashion and jewelry industry.
As a silversmith, Mia Maichen almost exclusively worked with metals and traditional techniques, which is why she decided on enrolling in ‚Applied Arts and Design‘ in order to experiment with unconventional materials, to explore her own themes and to leave the world of conventional, everyday objects. Deliberate provocation and the questioning of feelings and conventional standards turned into the key concepts of her works. She is based in both realms of jewelry and fashion, occasionally also exploring her artistic aspirations with certain projects. In her bachelor‘s final project, Mia is exploring the aesthetics of disgust by transferring them over to images we find beautiful. The viewer of her works is both enthralled and appalled at the same time, therefor experiencing the duality between the notions of beauty and disgust.
Since the beginning of her training, goldsmith and jewelry designer Anja Metzger has busied herself in both fields of series production and conceptional work, always concerned with imbuing her products with a piece of her passion and personal history in order to transfer it over to the wearer. She combines traditional goldsmithing techniques with 3D technologies, employing all kinds of materials, but always leaving a lot of room for coincidences. Oftentimes graphical elements run through her works, acting as guiding threads, losing and finding themselves again in symmetries and combinations of materials. Her bachelor‘s final project is aptly titled ‚21425‘, stating the exact distance in kilometers between Düsseldorf-Shanghai-Lisbon-Düsseldorf, and allegorically stands for the cultural context between China and Portugal with Germany as the starting point.
Since Lena Meyer is a contemporary jewelry designer from Düsseldorf. Her deep interest in jewelry, fashion and art is expressed by her versatility and is reflected in her works. For her bachelor‘s final project, Lena partially dealt with past projects, in which her passion for random experiments had first developed. In doing this, she is combining traditional techniques with new technologies. Three jewellery series are produced and all of them have the same origin. In its formal language, the jewellery series form a symbiosis illustrating that all of them have the same origin.
Since In her studies, Lina Werner has devoted her focus extensively on jewelry, small batch series of kitchen appliances and lamps. Her bachelor‘s final project explores the notions of normality and abnormality on the basis of birthmarks and freckles. The themes of her jewelry range from informative to personal and poetic.