Do you want to know more about the genesis of the famous HOMMAGE À HUNDERTWASSER collection and how the FREYWILLE artists are working?
Find out in our exclusive view behind the scenes!
How did the HOMMAGE À HUNDERTWASSER collection evolve? The foundation that is responsible for Hundertwasser’s heritage approached us several times for cooperation. As an Austrian company it was a great honour for us to capture the spirit of one of the best known contemporary Austrian artists in fine enamel jewellery. Luckily the foundation had the same thought, so in 2003 we were finally able to present the first designs SPIRAL OF LIFE & STREET RIVERS who are still amongst the most popular.
How is it to work with the HUNDERTWASSER FOUNDATION? Every new design is created in cooperative work with the foundation. This is great as it gives us the opportunity to receive unpublished information about the artist and to get the original artwork for our research. Every new design is approved by the foundation, as the heritage of Friedensreich Hundertwasser as well as his philosophy need to be preserved under any circumstances.
Which elements in Hundertwasser’s work did influence you the most? As a symbol for the never ending circle of life, the spiral is one of his predominant elements and certainly had a great influence on our work. But also his overall philosophy and architectural concept as well as his boundless use of colours inspired us.
How do you approach an artist like Friedensreich Hundertwasser? Like an actress slips into a role, we need to develop a feeling for the artist. This means a lot of research about the artist itself and his artistic ouevre. After the research we have to find our personal access to create the jewellery design. How long did it take to create the individual designs? Every design took about one to one and a half year. They are very elaborate in the artistic implementation due to the variety of colours and countless details.
What do the designs mean to you? Pure Joy of Life, cheerfulness, to discover a world without boundaries. The designs show us how to live untamed and dare to be wild from time to time.