I love Karl Fritsch distinctive design ideas regarding the unique rings he creates, truly art pieces that you can take anywhere on your finger. I was amazed by his creativity, so Karl just gave me a few highlights about him and his work. Meet more about the “Artist” here.
How and why did you get into the design Industry? Where did you study, etc?
Tt was a lucky incident that i became a jeweller , i wanted to learn woodcarving in oberammergau, but i missed the application deadline and then my mother heard about a jewelery school in pforzheim, i wanted to do something with my hands so this suited as a alternative very well, i applied and it was love on the first sight , after 3 years of apprenticeship in pforzheim i studied 6 years at the academy of fine art in Munich.
How would you describe your design style? How varied are your designs/artworks? Do you have a signature touch with your designs?
My approach to designing jewellery is very much based on the making , i love the processes and i love the materials involved, metals allow you to do certain things to them and i keep testing what they allow me to do and what they are comfortable or uncomfortable with .
When i start making, my brain also starts joining in and ideas evolve within the process and the pieces grow into what i am thinking or not thinking at the moment , there is a important element of accident , getting excited and surprising myself involved.
What do you love about being a designer/artist?
To make something that has not existed like that in this world before
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A lot of inspiration i draw still from my apprenticeship and the classic jewellery training i got, and then it picks up happily anything conscious or subconscious around me.
What are some of your most popular works? Tell us a bit about some of your works and what you love about them. What’s your favorite and why?
Usually my latest pieces are my most favourite as i am most excited about them,
I love all of my rings as they really represent what i am thinking at the moment when i made them and that is why they are equally important to me in my ongoing process, saying this there are some key moments , like when i first started to rework conventional jewellery in 1992, i used to buy metals in form of old jewellery from the pawnshop and instead of melting them down i started to fix them again, fix them in a way that i like them, that aspect of using something very conventional and attaching my attitude to it i really enjoy.
Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about?
I am always excited about the next piece and i don’t know how it will look like and that is the most exciting part of it, Philip Sajet sent me some niello to test and i enjoy having a play with that material.
What is your philosophy on design/art and life?
Enjoy the dirt in the street .
What are your design/art dreams/goals?
Scoring a hattrick in my next football game.
Describe yourself in three words.
Rouladen with spätzle
Check also our previosu post about Karl’s work HERE!