I’m Daniela Schwarz, jewelry artist and plastic smith. I utilize remnants of excessive consumer culture to create wearable think pieces. I also like using fancy words to describe what I do.
Using unconventional materials and finding new ways to manipulate them allows Daniela Schwarz to create one-of-a-kind jewelry.
With a background in science and engineering, she seeks insight at the deepest level, accounting for the origin of materials as well as their socio-economic impact. She sees jewellery as a contemplative agent perfect for transporting observations about the world we live in. Combined with her unbiased approach to artistic work, she defies classification and morphs her two backgrounds into a reflective yet playful body of work.
Making is always an adventure for Schwarz, as her approach is very process-driven.
The abundance of plastic garbage she chose as her main source of material and inspiration allows for free experimentation, making each piece a collaboration between her will and that of the emerging object. Her work thus gains a very organic and lively nature, while being made mostly from materials that may well mean our demise. By choosing to work manually on a material that is so synonymous with industrialized society and cheapness alike, she aims to challenge values like ‘worth’ and ‘preciousness’.
Born 1990 in Austria.
2008: Master’s programme Material Science at Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria (unfinished)
2010: Bachelor’s programme Biomedical Engineering at Graz University of Technology, Austria
2016 – 2018: Master class Jewelry and Metal Design at Ortweinschule, Graz, Austria (Teachers: Wolfgang Rahs, Lis Gort)
2020 | Tincal Lab Challenge: Jewelry and Anatomy at Romanian Jewelry Week, Bucharest, Romania
2019 | Tincal Lab Challenge 2019: Jewelry and Anatomy at Tincal Lab, Porto, Portugal
2019 | NAU II at Casa de Pedra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2019 | Transfer at kunst.wirt.schaft, Graz, AT
2019 | Precious? at Ocean Studios, Cornwall, UK
2019 | NAU at Galeria Alice Floriano, Porto Alegre, Bazil
2019 | Artistar Jewels at Palazzo Bovara, Milan, IT
2019 | Future Animal at Museum für Geschichte, Graz, AT
2018 | Tincal Lab Challenge 2018: Jewelry and Technology at Tincal Lab, Porto, Portugal
2018 | Light, Colour, Abstraction at Old Truman Brewery, London, UK
2018 | Rekonstruktion: Decollage at Werkstadt Graz, AT (curated by Joachim Baur)
2018 | Fülle/Leere, Diploma exhibition at Ortweinschule Graz, AT