Amelie Spitz interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 01.02.2018
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Amelie Spitz. Earrings: Inspired by Miro, 2016/2017. Silver, jade, peridot, ruby, amethyst, mother of pearl, thread, enamel, pyrite stone.. 2 x 1 x 7 cm. Photo by: Amelie Spitz. From series: Imagine Vol.2. Amelie Spitz
Earrings: Inspired by Miro, 2016/2017
Silver, jade, peridot, ruby, amethyst, mother of pearl, thread, enamel, pyrite stone.
2 x 1 x 7 cm
Photo by: Amelie Spitz
From series: Imagine Vol.2
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She likes to take the fragment out from ancient times and then translating into a modern context, the contradiction behind the pieces attracts the audience, and how she starts to interact with others.

Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
Yes and no. I believe it all depends on the personal taste. I try not to restrict myself to just one topic or one place. Every time I get the opportunity to work in a different place or with different people outside of my routine, I make sure to take at least one mindset with me, a skill or a material that I think is worth to carry on with.

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
Most probably an interaction. I enjoy taking out old from fragments from ancient times, which I then translate into a modern context. May it be the display or the object itself. So my work is obviously about contradiction and that’s a good way to start a discussion.

Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
Sculpture: which is scaled down to a minimum size.
Poetry: which is maybe not so common in Germany at the moment… who knows why?
Fashion. Fashion.

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
To make it short, the last book I read was Jewellery Matters by Marjan Unger and Suzanne Van Leeuwen.

A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
Maybe very romantic… but that’s looking at the stars. Just being able to imagine what else could be out there makes me curious. The mind has no limits.

Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
My favourite is and will always be Karl Lagerfeld. In terms of his whole career, he has invented a totally new look in almost every decade, which is utmost outstanding - being successful and present for such a long time. It not only applies to designers, jewellers or artists, I believe everyone who does something out of his/her passion with persistence should get some sort of appreciation.

What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
I would like to give a generic answer. Most of the times, for me, it is those pieces that are not easy to access in the first case. However, if I had to pick a piece to wear I’d definitely go with a floral and colourful piece.

Amelie Spitz. Piece: Still Life of Jewellery Pieces, 2016/2017. Material: Silver, pigment, dried flower, rock crystal, glass, thread. From series: Imagine Vol.2. Photo by: Michael Müller.

Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
I believe there are many ways to get information. For me, it is the internet, books, fairs, but mostly I enjoy personal contact - the best is still being able to go to an exhibition, seeing the work in front of you. I love unexpected encounters.

Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
When working in a shared space I discuss with the team, but also with suppliers who are part of the whole process in that moment. But most important is the feedback from my clients. In the end, it’s up to them if my pieces get appreciated or not.

What is your first thought when you hear the word Future?, What do you expect for?
Maybe we know so little about our future. For sure it’s great to be part of something bigger, having the chance to leave a stance. If I could make a wish, I would like to work on bigger projects for example in terms of sizes, such as sculpture.
Amelie Spitz. Necklace: Carnaval Collier, 2017. Silver, gold chain, enamel, amethyst, moonstone, citrine, topas, pyrite, thread, porcelain, plastic, 3D pen.. 25 x 2 x 40 cm. Photo by: Amelie Spitz. From series: Celebration in Rio. Amelie Spitz
Necklace: Carnaval Collier, 2017
Silver, gold chain, enamel, amethyst, moonstone, citrine, topas, pyrite, thread, porcelain, plastic, 3D pen.
25 x 2 x 40 cm
Photo by: Amelie Spitz
From series: Celebration in Rio
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