How do you combine such different jobs?
I have always thought they perfectly complement one another. Making jewellery works best in solitude. Interpreting means interacting with other people and often involves a bit of performance. Both require full concentration and dedication. Both are a craft: practice makes perfect. An interpreter meets lots of special people one would never meet if doing an “ordinary” job, I draw a lot of inspiration from these encounters.
What role does the craft of creating play when you make jewellery?
Good craftsmanship is essential as a foundation, but what you put on top of it is what defines you as an artist. It can be a personal interpretation of tradition, a technique of your own or an unusual material you choose. At the same time, despite the artistic freedom, a piece of jewellery has a function. That’s why I want my pieces to be not only intriguing, unique or uncommon, but also wearable and robust.
What makes working with precious metals so interesting for you?
I like materials that last. The idea of a piece being dug up by an archaeologist in the future is both amusing and flattering. Besides, precious metals are very rewarding to work with. You can shape them in a multitude of traditional and unorthodox ways and they keep looking good. Usually. Often I start with an idea, but then the material takes over and new ideas and forms emerge in the process, out of what you can do with the material.
Do you have constant topics and motives in your work as a jewellery maker?
Nature is an abundant source of inspiration. Plants and flowers, corals and algae, grass and rocks are constantly present in my work. I am curious about life and the Earth in general. The experience and achievements of others are important. Knowledge about history, especially art history, helps me put my work in a broader context. This is healthy for the ego.