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And when she turned around she saw that the horses kept walking back towards her. Tall horses and small horses, fair ones and dark ones. She tried to chase them off. Day after day, year after year. “Quick, quick. Run!” It just didn’t feel right for them to be so close. But they still returned every morning and every night, quietly whispering poems in her ear in a language she didn’t understand. But my dear, these words were ravishing. And she kept thinking, “Do they hold on to me or do I hold on to them?” The collection is a transformation of her own recurring childhood fantasies of wild horse adventures into wearable jewellery pieces. The pieces are a physical manifestations of surreal equestrian creatures, reminiscing early childhood phantasies made up sitting underneath her grandmother’s kitchen table. The repeating horse figures place emphasis on the reoccurrence of her own infantile world of make-believe. The collection contains various neck pieces, rings, hoop earrings, bracelet. All hand made by the designer. All gold plated.
About the Designer
Birgit Marie is based in London, United Kingdom. She studied at Royal College of Art and graduated in 2011. Her collections are produced in United Kingdom.
Vienna born and raised Birgit Marie Schmidt received her MA at the Royal College of Art in June 2011, following a strong urge of working with wearable objects after being trained as an architect at the University of Applied Art, Vienna in the Masterclass of Zaha Hadid. Since her graduation she has won the Theo Fennell Award Best In Jewellery 2011 and the Wolf&Badger Jewellery Award 2011. Recurring themes in her work are human imagination, storytelling and narrative enhanced reality. She is furthermore fascinated by the potential and meaning an object can possess when in close proximity to the body and how it can make use of the human physique. She currently develops her practice using traditional hand skills as well as critically embracing digital technologies. She is mainly influenced by issues centred on the human condition, in particular body/object relationships and the way we treasure items and our imagination.