Jewellery artist Daniela Schwarz is interested in using unconventional materials and finding new ways to manipulate them. With a background in biomedical engineering, Schwarz is driven to understand her surroundings at the deepest level. This also influences her artwork. She not only tries to account for the origins of materials, but also their sociological, historical and environmental implications. In her latest series The Fascination of Vastite she creates gemstones from plastic trash found in public spaces. Schwarz plays with expectations about value and preciousness and poses the question, where human obsession with plastics will lead us.