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.