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8th Hanau Goldsmith Laureate Silvia Weidenbach

Award giving  /  Artists   ArtistInResidence  /  27 Nov 2018
Published: 26.11.2018
Portrait of Silvia Weidenbach..
Portrait of Silvia Weidenbach.

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Intro
Since 2004, the City of Hanau has been appointing a City Goldsmith biennially. As a visiting lecturer at the Staatliche Zeichenakademie in Hanau, the honoree will work there for several weeks and hold a workshop for students. The 8th Hanau City Goldsmith Silvia Weidenbach will come to the Brothers Grimm City in Summer 2019.
The rewarding of the City Goldsmith is accompanied by an exhibition in the German Goldsmiths' House Hanau. Up to now, seven City Goldsmiths, Rudolf Bott, Jiro Kamata, Karl Fritsch, and Sam Tho Duong, Hilde De Decker, Vera Siemund, and Tabea Reulecke have been guests at the Zeichenakademie.

Alongside the Ludwig-Emil-Grimm Prize, the Brothers Grimm Prize, and the Paul Hindemith Prize, the appointment of the City Goldsmith is one of the greatest honors that Hanau is awarding.

Awarding the City Goldsmith is a project that could only be realized through cooperations with the City of Hanau, the Association for Goldsmiths' Art and the Staatliche Zeichenakademie.

While the City provides financial resources, the Association for Goldsmiths' Art is charged with project organization and the exhibition. The Staatliche Zeichenakademie allocates its workshops and therewith offers the City Goldsmith an ideal workspace.

At the beginning of the year, the selection committee chose Silvia Weidenbach from London to become City Goldsmith 2019. The committee consisted of Mrs.Dr. Katharina Bechler, director of the city museums, the previous City Goldsmith Mrs. Tabea Reulecke, Hanau goldsmith Mrs. Dorothea Förster, Mr. Benjamin Pfister from the Staatliche Zeichenakademie, Mr. Günter Kasper, master of the gold- and silversmiths' guild, and Mrs.Dr. Christianne Weber-Stöber, head of the German Goldsmiths' House Hanau.

Silvia Weidenbach, born in 1980 in Annweiler at the Trifels (Germany), has made her mark as an internationally accepted artist, especially in Great Britain. After completing an apprenticeship as a silversmith at the School for Glass- and Jewellery Design in Kaufbeuren-Neugablonz, she studied at the University for Art and Design Burg Giebichstein in Halle. For her master studies, she finally moved to London and attended the renown Royal College of Art.

Already in 2011, Silvia Weidenbach worked as an artist in residence in the Villa Bengel, Idar-Oberstein. In 2015, she was able to participate in a Microsoft Project in Cambridge. From April 2017 to April 2018, Silvia Weidenbach was the first artist in residence of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London which is currently exhibiting the artist's remarkable work.
Between 2007 and 2016 she was furthermore awarded numerous prizes.

Fathoming new materials - in her case, the possibilities of synthetic materials - has been an important topic to Silvia Weidenbach for several years. In order to understand her bizarre, magnificent and at the same time sensual pieces one must first take a look at the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection. It is composed of masterpieces of the art of gold- and silversmithing - miniature portraits in enamel, mosaic works, gold- and tobacco boxes of past epochs - and is domiciled at the Victoria & Albert Museum London. The collector items are most precious objects like porcelain boxes of the 18th century that came from the Far East to Europe with what was then called white gold. Silvia Weidenbach was especially attracted by a gold box studded with diamonds that was designed and created for Friedrich the Great. This object fuelled her own creativity. She was keen to combine tradition and history, the splendor of past times with the contemporary notion of luxury. Her ideas are realized with the technological possibilities of the 21st century, with the 3D printing technique using Moondust. The royal glamour of Great Britain has impressed her. The 158 carat Cullinan Diamond that is incorporated in jewellery of Queen Elisabeth II inspired one of her own pieces, the brooch Granny's chips reloaded.

Silvia Weidenbach proves with her exuberant, playful jewellery that her fantasy is borderless and her inventiveness inexhaustible.
Silvia Weidenbach. Brooch: ctrl visionTHREE, 2017. 3-D printed moondust, gold, coral.. Photo by: Laura Falconer. Silvia Weidenbach
Brooch: ctrl visionTHREE, 2017
3-D printed moondust, gold, coral.
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Silvia Weidenbach. Brooch: ctrl visionSIX, 2017. 3-D printed moondust, gold, pearl.. Photo by: Laura Falconer. Silvia Weidenbach
Brooch: ctrl visionSIX, 2017
3-D printed moondust, gold, pearl.
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Silvia Wiedenbach. Brooch: ctrl visionTWO, 2012. 3-D printed moondust, gold, pearl.. Photo by: Laura Falconer. Silvia Wiedenbach
Brooch: ctrl visionTWO, 2012
3-D printed moondust, gold, pearl.
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Silvia Weidenbach. Necklace: Another White Night, 2012. 3-D printed moondust, silver, topaz.. Photo by: Laura Falconer. Necklace on jewelry holder.. Silvia Weidenbach
Necklace: Another White Night, 2012
3-D printed moondust, silver, topaz.
Photo by: Laura Falconer
Necklace on jewelry holder.

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Silvia Weidenbach. Brooch: ctrl visionTWO, 2012. 3-D printed moondust, gold, silver, lacquer, pearls.. Photo by: Laura Falcone. Brooch on jewelry holder.. Silvia Weidenbach
Brooch: ctrl visionTWO, 2012
3-D printed moondust, gold, silver, lacquer, pearls.
Photo by: Laura Falcone
Brooch on jewelry holder.

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