Still Collection | 1997
Dutch still life paintings by the so-called Dutch Masters of the 17th century have fascinated me for a very long time. The incidence of light on the corner of a table cloth, flowers in a vase, a small jar containing shellfish and the wonderfully decorated bowls in these paintings inspire a vivid style of goldsmithery in me. Dead hares and fish also feature in this work. The translation from two-dimensional pictures to three-dimensional jewellery makes the painted subjects tangible and wearable. The pieces from the ‘Still collection’ look antique but are actually contemporary.

As the daughter of a Dutch bulb grower I learned at an early age about the efforts of growing a black tulip. My tulips of blackened silver are an ode to the bulb growers and to the role of the tulip in the still lives of the Dutch Masters.