Noemi Klein

...the beauty of dichotomy

The nature of Noemi's jewellery practice is a constant union of the expressive and impressive. She fuses craft, artisanal workmanship and her unique mind’s eye to create objects of great subtlety, with a sincere pronouncement of desire. Originally from the West German countryside, she started out making beaded bracelets for friends and quite liked the procedure. Working with metal was a natural progression after being given a cast off piece of machinery by her dentist father, combining an inherited attention to detail and fascination with fancy tools with finding an outlet for her love of precious materials and unusual imagery. Ten years on, she saw a definitive body of work which encompassed self initiated study into the interstices of impressive and expressive form and something from the imagined and poetic, fusing it into wearable objects for men and women alike. As much a collection as a case in point within a continuous body of work, every collection draws inspiration from the ephemeral imagery of life and death, nature and structure. It is a question of carving, casting, and building up elements to make the final piece. She creates objects of beauty and curiosity for the wearer, to forge something out of nothing; articulating the violent necessity of nature, the force by which we live.

Nothing inspires me like…
Dichotomy. Everything I see around me is opposites and the aim is to encompass these into one body of work.

I hope…
That one day I can make sense of everything.

Cultural influences…
Are subtle, but permeate everything I do. It took a while before I recognised the importance of my background, it seemed too obvious at first.

I got where I am...
In myriad ways. I didn’t start out with a plan, and one of my greatest luxuries still is to always try and keep my options open.

Fashion can sometimes...
Be fleeting, while craft is permanent.

I scream when...
The mallet strays.

Did you know...
That the most beautiful view in London is out of my studio window.

I dance like...
Michael Stipe (I like to think, but I’m sure others would disagree!)

Cake makes me...
Think of my sister. It’s her craft. “Germans are good at cake”, one of the better clichés out there.

If I could...
I would travel to Japan once a year. It’s one of the most inspirational places I’ve been to.

I once thought...
You needed a degree to be good at what you do. A bit silly really. My degree is in English Literature.

I suck at...
Organising anything. It’s getting to be a bit of a problem. I once came to the conclusion that it’s pointless owning a diary when you’re prone to losing things so I thought it would be better to memorise everything. I think that theory needs revising.

The earliest memory...
I have is from my 4th birthday. My grand-dad wheeled a red bike into our kitchen and all the kids were crammed onto the wooden bench.

I get bored easily...
A short attention span is what keeps me on the move constantly. It’s a pain for going to see a movie but it seems to work out ok when it comes to thinking up new pieces.

I like making...
Rings the most. I go through phases but usually a collection starts with a ring. You’re the most free, because a ring is an object more like any other piece of jewellery, it suits everyone and has the most interesting story to tell.