What is the significance of coins for you?
For me, coins are not only necessary as companions in our lives as consumers, they are much more: their motifs reflect the culture and the history of each country they’re from. They represent the values and principles of that particular society, everything that is appreciated and respected.
How do you give them a second life?
First of all, I strongly believe that they deserve a second life. As soon as I start a new project, I try to literally carve out the original artistic decoration and meaning with my delicate instruments and tools. In so doing, I try to find the legacy of the coin which continues to exist in a self-contained piece of art.
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Do you remember the first coin you used?
I will never forget it! It was a German coin, worth 10 Pfennig, decorated with oak leaves. It had no substantial value at all, but for me it was the starting point of my career. Nowadays I work with original coins in silver and gold. If the coin is made of another metal, I produce a replica.
How do you transform it into a new object?
I start to refine it further. Sometimes, for example, small diamonds are placed in holes and set into the coin with a special technique. It’s my personal concern that I only use Fairtrade materials for my objects. Supporting positive social and ecological mining should be a matter of course in my profession.