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Antwerp / Belgium

Born in 1983

As in my earlier work, I find my inspiration in architecture and nature. Except that everything continues to evolve and change. A city without a little nature works claustrophobic for me, but a nature landscape with no sign of humanity is too quiet for me. Protecting or imitating nature, the use of natural materials in architecture, the restoring of a road surface, accidental strong shapes on a construction site, these things I find very interesting.

On my way through town, I hunt and collect. I always encounter interesting images that I use as an inspiration. In addition, there is a certain choice of materials and colors, these are strongly influenced by memories. For example the necklaces, furniture in different colors, certain constructions. I make my story and the viewer projects its own story on top of mine.

I always start from my sources of inspiration, with these eyes I look around me. I show viewers how I look at things around me. Next to that I make jewellery and I like to use my tools and try out how materials reacts to them. Eventually I work with materials, and that provides an additional factor. I find out the properties they possess and how I can edit them and this will count in the final result. Some techniques I use are common and you can find them in your house.

Naturally I tend to work clean and delineated, here I try against it by for example damaging materials. It gets me out of my comfort zone and it bothers me, but at the same time I want to do it.

Artworks

Event

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Resume

  • Teachercourse Fine Arts, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

  • MA Jewellerydesign, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

  • Engraving , TN Antwerp

  • Cross-over Etching , Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

  • BA Jewellerydesign, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

  • Jewellerydesign, HA St-Truiden

  • Evolving Habitat, Solo exhibition, Lasso, Leuven, Belgium

  • Evolving Habitat, Solo exhibition, Beyond Fashion, Antwerp, Belgium

    • European Triënnale for Contemporary Jewellery Anciens Abattoirs, Mons, Belgium
    • Shanghai International Metalsmithing & Jewelry Art Exhibition , Shanghai Exhibition Center, China
    • Suspend.ed in pink, V&V gallery, Vienna, Austria
    • Cominelli Foundation Award, Cisano di San Felice del Benaco, Italy
    • Invited International Exhibition of KCDA 2014, Gallery Iang, Seoul, Korea
    • Home, Courtney Kemp & Karen Vanmol, Heidi Lowe Gallery, Delaware, USA
    • De nieuwe oogst (The new harvest), Design Vlaanderen Galerie, Brussels, Belgium
    • Earrings Galore, Heidi Lowe Gallery, Delaware, USA
    • Earrings Galore Pop-Up, Heidi Lowe Gallery, SNAG Minneapolis Conference, USA
    • Mineral Art14, Between Layers, State Collection of Antiques, Munich, Germany
    • Hout, het nieuwe goud (Wood, the new gold), Design Vlaanderen Galerie, Brussels, Belgium
    • Schmuck 2014, 66th Internationale Handwerkmesse, Munich, Germany
    • Invited International Exhibition 2014, Korea Craft Designer Association, Virginia, USA
    • Embrasser/Ambras, Designcenter De Winkelhaak, Antwerp, Belgium
    • Jewelry- Identity, Beijing International Art Biennal, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, China
    • Play for display, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Curated by Diagonal, Gallery Four, Gothenburg, Sweden
    • Evolving Habitat N°2, Solo exhibition, Curated by Beyond Fashion at Creme de la Crema, Roeselare, Belgium
    • Siamese Connection, Brooklyn Metal Works, New York, USA
    • 3 Koninklijke Masters van de Antwerpse Academie (3 Royal Masters of the Antwerp Academy) Wo-Men in Fine Art Gallery, Antwerp Belgium
    • Cominelli Foundation 2013 Award, Fondazione Cominelli, Cisano di San Felice del Benaco, Italy
    • Suspend.ed in pink, Circuit Bijou 2013 (The Route of Jewellery 2013), Viaduc des Arts, Paris, France
    • Sieraad Art Fair, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Earrings Galore Pop-Up Gallery Heidi Lowe, SNAG, Toronto, USA
    • Design for Coexistence, Invited International Exhibition 2013, Korea Digital Design Council, Tongmyong University, Busan, Korea
    • Chain, A CASA, Museum of Brazilian Object, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    • Suspend.ed in pink, The Atrium- The School of Jewellery, Birmingham, United Kingdom
    • Suspend.ed in pink (As part of Schmuck 13),Gabi Green Studio, Munich, Germany
    • Sex, Drugs & Rock’n Roll…..vices or lifestyle?, Goldschmiedehaus, Hanau, Germany
    • Suspend.ed in pink, Heidi Lowe Gallery, Delaware, USA
    • Launching Embrasser/ Ambras project, former Etnographic Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
    • Chain, online exhibition, Crafthaus
    • Jewelbook 2012, Les Anciens Abbatoirs, Mons, Belgium
    • Sex, Drugs & Rock’n Roll…..vices or lifestyle? Galeria42 contemporanea di Marco Mango, Modena, Italy
    • Sex, Drugs & Rock’n Roll…..vices or lifestyle? Werkschau. Simone Winkler, Kempten, Germany
    • Hot Under the Collar, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Arizona, United States of America
    • Fading Landscape, Designcentrum De Winkelhaak, Antwerp, Belgium
    • Staying long enough-leaving on time, Museum M, Leuven, Belgium
    • Mediterrean, Museum of Natural History of the Mediterranean, Livorno, Italy
    • True Colours, New Traditional Jewellery, Museum for Modern Art, Arnhem, Netherlands
    • True Colours, New Traditional Jewellery, Sieraad, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Entree < exit, Antwerp, Belgium
    • True Colours, New Traditional Jewellery, Villa Bengel, Idar-Oberstein, Germany
    • Zilvertalenten, Silver museum Sterckshof, Antwerp, Belgium
    • Masterproject/’10, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium
    • Landschap, FLACC, Genk, Belgium
    • Tablemanners, Silke & The Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Rings For The Lords, Designcentrum De Winkelhaak, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Jivan Astfalck & Mfa students Birmingham City University
    Gisbert Stach

  • Ulrich Reithofer
    Philip Sajet

  • Christophe Zellweger
    Anita Van Evenepoel
    Romy Smits