Niels Schoenfelder

Romeo and Juliet Apartment buildings, Stuttgart, Germany

Romeo and Juliet Apartment buildings, Stuttgart, Germany

Niels Schoenfelder

Niels Schoenfelder

1. Please tell us a bit about yourself and what defines your design aesthetic.

Architect by training and practicing design of anything related to the built environment my focus is certainly on spaces and objects which are un-pretentiously searching for poetic subtext in the mundane.
Aesthetically this leads to rigorously simple solutions often reaching back to the pre-modern. Its a search for depth beyond stylistic conventions of today.
2. What prompted you to create jewellery?
 Not what but  who? : Sharan Apparao of Apparao Galleries, did.

3. You have made jewellery for the first time. What challenges did you face? And what factors did you consider in the design and fabrication of the pieces? I did not make anything! Together with Jean-François Lesage I conceptualized the making of these pieces. They are made by master embroiderers of Lesage interiors…

This is to say that there where no technical or physical challenges… The design contemplates the architectural drawing as a cultural record transformed into wearable pieces… a monument of epic proportions becomes the little, pretty adornment for an evening … we find this contrast irreverent and poetic.
Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh

Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh

4. You have collaborated with the atelier of Vastrakala, one of the top names in luxury embroidered home furnishing. How did that come about?
Jean- Francois Lesage is a good friend and his business  partner Malavika Shivakumar happens to be my wife…
5.Do you see your jewellery collection as a continuation of your design aesthetic/practice as an architect or as a separate entity?
Our practice includes interiors, objects .. so these do have a connection with the work of the studio.
St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

6. On what basis did you choose the monuments? Can you tell us more about your chosen format in terms of materials used, product type and display?
They are chosen across time and cultures and building typology …. and yet they all have jewel like qualities.
7. What direction do you see your future jewellery collections taking?
it would certainly be interesting to probe deeper into this subject of “re-crafting” drawings … other artisans and crafts could interpret very differently and the potential for this to turn into 3 dimensional objects is huge too…
8. Where can one buy your work? Apparao Galleries
10. E-mail
11. Currently: On the bench: a river beach landscape 
               On the wall: a design for a villa by my great grandfather
                In the drive: construction photographs
                On the shelf: books  – need more shelves…
Chateau de Chenonceau, France

Chateau de Chenonceau, France


Pallavi Verma

traces necklace

traces necklace

Pallavi Verma

Pallavi Verma

1. Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I pursued B.A. Hons. Jewellery Design and Metal Smithing in Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium. Presently I am pursuing M.A. Jewellery Design in Antwerp. I moved to Antwerp about five years ago. It is hard to not be involved with art when you are in Europe and I took advantage of that. I really discovered myself here and I am still learning and discovering.

2. How would you describe your journey as a contemporary jeweller?

My college education is more directed to contemporary art and this is how I learned and got interested in contemporary art and jewellery as a whole. I was also attracted to this college because of the freedom given to the students. By freedom I mean choice of style, interest, direction, material, etc. I feel I am too young and fresh to have a signature style. I am exploring all the possibilities at the moment. I like to work with concepts, the rest (material/technique/production) flows accordingly. All of my work until now is self-made.

3. What inspires you?

I was born and brought up in India thus I am very fond of our culture and often use it as an inspiration for my work. I have had many valuable experiences in both the cultures (Indian and European), I try to use my personal experiences in my work.

memory brooch 1

memory brooch 1

With these ‘Memory Brooches’ (featured here), I aim to leave a mark/imprint/memory with the wearer and the surrounding.

These wearable brooches are colour powder containers. When worn they leave a stain on your clothes with the movement of the body during the day. The more you move, the more colour pops up on your clothes. I displayed this work in a few exhibitions as an installation with the brooches submerged in the colour powder.

4. What direction do you see your work taking over the next 5/10 years? 

With my work I will like to reach out to people more in an artistic way. I think jewellery has a lot of potential and it helps/transforms the way you look at things.

5. What are your thoughts about the contemporary jewellery field evolving in India?

Well, I recently came to know about Project Bawra. I am very glad this effort has been taken to promote contemporary jewellery in India because no doubt we (Indian) have a lot of potential. We just need more awareness.

6. List of publications, projects and exhibitions that you’ve been involved in?

– “Ways of Seeing, an open air atelier” workshop by Ciecle De Mul & Linda Ruttelynck @ Andalucia,Spain (2015,March)

– “AND REMEMBER, AN ELEPHANT NEVER FORGETS” exhibition 2015, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. (Contemporary Jewelry)

– Schmuch 2015, Munich, Germany. (Contemporary Jewelry)

New Tradition Jewellery competition 2014 Nominee, Amsterdam, Holland.

– Seiraad Fair 2014, Amsterdam, Holland. (Contemporary Jewelry)

– Biennale Interieur 2014, Kortrijk, Belgium. (Contemporary Jewelry)

– Happy Birthday Dear Academy (350 years) 2014, Antwerp, Belgium (Contemporary Jewelry & Objects)

– Schmuch 2014, Munich, Germany. (Contemporary Jewelry)

– ‘Stroom van Talent’ published on 10/12/13 on CanvasTV, (Happy Birthday Dear Academy documentary)

– Seiraad Fair 2013, Amsterdam, Holland. (Contemporary Jewelry)

– Participated in De Lions Club competition 2011, Antwerp, Belgium (Fine Art)

memory brooch 2

memory brooch 2

7. Where can one buy your work?

I have sold some group projects in my Academy and in Sieraad Fair, Amsterdam. My website is in process now so soon one will be able to see/buy my work online.

8. Website? 

In process

9. E-mail?

On the bench: Chalk, plaster, pigments, etc

On the wall: Inspirational pictures and some sketches.

In the drive: Personal works, portfolio, CV, inspirational pictures, rhino files, etc.

On the shelf: Sketch books/Art books.

11. Anything else that you would like to share about yourself? 

I enjoy my work and I aim to imprint as many people possible with my jewellery.

memory brooch 3

memory brooch 3

Dreamtime on an Indian latitude

The Blog-o-sphere Think Tank topic for May :  “Share with us a little window in to your space/life/home.”

I thought long and hard…There are many spaces that I value immensely, spaces that fill the spaces in the spaces and add up to the making of me; some contribute everyday and some in spurts.

Is it the bookshelf, that feeds my imagination?

Is it the table where I…compose…?

Is it the workbench where rituals are born?

Or is it this little space which allows me to dream? This space where time ceases to matter; where values are considered and conflicted only to dissipate into naught; This space where parallels align and merge. I think, this is it.

Hungry for more? Here’s where you can read what my friends have to say on the same topic:

Tosca Teran aka nanopod: :

marie bell ::

Kathleen Krucoff:

Andes Cruz:

He was a quiet man: a set of 3 brooches

He was a quiet man
Often society ‘urges’ people to fit the mould. People who look a certain way, talk a certain way and behave a certain way are donned with the mantle of cleverness and intellect.
This brooch is the first in the series of “He was a quiet man’, that ‘urges’ people to challenge this clichéd and archaic perception.
He was a quiet man

He was a quiet man

3 Brooches

sterling silver

Sylvo Schroeder


"Sie im Ohr" (she in my ear) 2012 - resin - silver - steel - Zircon

“Sie im Ohr” (she in my ear) 2012 – resin – silver – steel – Zircon

Sylvo Schroeder

Sylvo Schroeder

1.Please tell us a bit about yourself

You can read about me here:

 2. How would you describe your journey as a contemporary jeweller?

  •       Completion of a 3 year Apprenticeship .E.Frey Master-Goldsmith,Pretoria,South Africa.
  • ·         Invitation by Co.Gueblin, Lucerne, Switzerland to join for an Internship in its Design  and Manufacturing Department
  • ·         Fachhochschule fuer Gestaltung, Pforzheim, Germany where I completed M.A.Design with Prof.R.Reiling & Prof.K.Ulrich.  Thesis  -Body jewellery

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·         I work concept and theme wise utilizing sculptural and linear elements.

·         For example the “Space Invader Series”

Ring from the  Space Invader Series - "Liebes Auge"( loving eyes) 2014 -  14K gold - Zircon

Ring from the Space Invader Series – “Liebes Auge”( loving eyes) 2014 – 14K gold – Zircon

·         Majorly I work  on an assignment basis through my CAD drawings – love design and manufacturing techniques and the moment a piece is born.

·         I admire work done by artists with innovative /unusual /surprising design elements.

·         My favourite artists are – René Jules Lalique – Salavadore Dali (yes he designed a lot of fantastic jewelry) Reinhold Reiling – Bruno Martinazzi and Manfred Bischoff    


 3.What inspires you?

You can read about my inspiration here: 

4.What direction do you see your work taking over the next 5/10 years?

I would be continuing developing my Jewelry, Silver Ware and Clocks

 5.What are your thoughts about the contemporary jewelry field evolving in India?

Lack of audience – exposure – will and commitment makes it hard to tell – the prevailing comment “no resell value” tells it all.

6.List of publications, projects and exhibitions that you’ve been involved in.

·         Gallery Ibo – Klagenfurt, Austria

·         Art Association Pretoria and Cape- Town South Africa

·         Studio Matthar  Cologne, Germany 

·         Yearly exhibition at IINHORGENTA   Munich Germany

·         MUBA Basel Switzerland

·         2004 , 2009.2011exhibited at AMBIENTE  Frankfurt, Germany   

·         Designer Platinum & Gold) Co.Gerstner Pforzheim, Germany.

·         Own studio for Jewellery Design in Pforzheim, Germany

·         Project Manager for    “Schmuck der Galatea “Jewellery

·         Co. in Hong Kong & Pforzheim

·         Consultant for Design   Production techniques with Saudi

.     Pearls & Gold Factory,Rijad,Saudi-  Arabia.

             Project  – Design &Manufacturing of Sterling Silver . Table clocks

            Company Soelch Eisingen Germany                                                          

·         Design & Manufacturing of  own Wristwatch Collection in Silver,  Gold & Precious Stones

·         Project – Consultancy for   Sunrise Jewellers Pvt.Ltd. Madras, India 

Principal at Jewellery    Product Development Centre New Dehli India

·         Invited as Consultant Executive Officer  JDTI Noida India

·         Design Director Silk and Silver Noida

·         Design Director El Unique Delhi India

·         Setting up – Faculty training – Jewellery Institutes in Karachi and Lahore Pakistan

·         Exhibited at the Saffron Auction House in  Dehi

·         Since 2013 own  Galleria and workshop  in Delhi        


 “Diamantenschmuck von morgen“De Beers Runner-up.                                                                  

 “Gold”Art Association Pforzheim  4th Prize.

 “Idar-Oberstein Schmuck & Edelstein Preis“   1st Prize & Runner-up.


Pen clock - silver oxidized  - covered with leaf gold - Swiss movement - Chrystal glass

Pen clock – silver oxidized – covered with leaf gold – Swiss movement – Chrystal glass



7.Where can one buy your work?

b’precious Galleria

Birbal Road 4/17

Jangpura Extension



011 43584011



On the bench: Tea/ coffee assemblage designing for a demanding client  

On the wall: Otto Schroeder – Luederitzbucht – my favorite pastel

On the pod: Steve Winwood

In the drive: American Sniper

On the shelf: Namibian History

 11. Anything else you would like to share about yourself:

Doing commissioned Design work

Needle - wire extravaganza - 18 K gold - real pearls - Stainless steel - 2009

Needle – wire extravaganza – 18 K gold – real pearls – Stainless steel – 2009

A lesson I learnt

January’s Blog-O-Sphere Think Tank topic:  “A great piece of advice. -What is one thing you would share as “the best advice ever” ?

Ok, this advice is coming entirely from personal experience and frustration at my continued harassment by members of a lay Buddhist organization called Bharat Soka Gakkai. Due to relentless harassment by them alongwith my family, I completely lost my mind 2 years ago. Thereafter, they spread rumors and lies that I lost my mental balance due to lack of money. My business fell apart from the depression that set in as a result of the constant public humiliation and harassment I was put through.

Though I’ve removed them from my facebook account and cut off all ties with them, it seems their ego has taken a hit at not getting there way with me and they continue to incessantly call and e-mail with shameless accusations of my showing lack of gratitude for the 2-bit morsels they threw at me while disgracing and humiliating me. They continue to have my family’s support who don’t even blink an eye at every opportunity they get to abuse me for the choices I’ve made in my life: to be an artist and to not get married. simple activities as stepping out into the local market have become difficult, as these are people that inhabit my neighbourhood as well and look for opportunities to toy with my mind, further deteriorating my fragile mental condition.

The Happy Hands Foundation, India, is an organization run by a member of this religious cult. Whenever, I’ve enrolled for a workshop with them, I’m deliberately made to sit next to members of this Buddhist organization who continue to provoke and harass me. I had to drop out of 2 of the workshops.

This is unbearable.

I’ve had suicidal thoughts for sometime now. Death would certainly bring respite.

So here’s my advice:

You can see my friends posts on the same topic here:

Andes Cruz:

Tosca Teran: