Thanks to the International Amber Association, I was given the opportunity to work with amber, a material I had never
worked with before.
My first impulse was to leave it untouched and preserve its beauty in this way.
The more I thought about my role as a creator, the more I felt that altering, shaping and forming amber was actually a way to honour it and enter into conversation with it.
I began to apply guilloche to amber. Guilloche is not meant for amber, the material sometimes breaks, the lines become a little uneven. It
brings out the softness of the material and its natural imperfections. I liked the effect. It's subtle, but gives the material a strangely unnatural look, a nice contrast to its natural shading
and colouring. I hope the unnaturalness will make people take a closer look at the beauty of the material.
To completely deconstruct the natural form, I cut the stones into shapes based on rectangles and straight edges. Like collages or puzzle pieces, I brought the amber and enameled silver together
to create a dialogue between them, a clash of different spheres of time.
I worked with color to bring out the beauty of the different yellows of the amber, trying to bring out the beauty of each piece in its own way.
Everything Takes The Shape Of A Fish
Some of the ambers I work with are too small or crooked to be sawn or shaped.
In my series "everything takes the shape of a fish" I use the remnants of former pieces and add two ingredients: a flap with the exact same shape for
each fish and the head of a needle as an eye.