The English translation of “vielschichtig” is “multilayered“ or “complex“. Both of these qualities are united in this collection of high-quality brooches, rings and necklaces made out of used plastic shopping bags and foils.
The material as such is seemingly inconspicuous. However, by the use of special techniques, these materials turn into pieces of jewellery whose origins can no longer be traced back.
Furthermore, it is not the material, but the processing and the design which converts the plastic into precious jewellery.
Old, traditional artisan techniques which I transform according to my needs, form the basis of the process:
In the first processing steps, foils that are matched in colour are being folded and pressed, which is very similar to the techniques of Mokume Gane or Damascening. Afterwards the finished packs are being cut and arranged in a strict geometrical design.
During the next steps, the material is allowed to free itself of my guidelines and thus create free patterns and develop into strong and unlimited forms.