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Today I’m loving all the creations of Jasmin Matzakow.

Wood seems to be her favourite material at the moment and as a wood lover myself I can almost feel and smell the different kinds she incorporates in her pieces. Her web site is mostly in German with an exception of an English Q/A section.

“1. why do you work with wood?
I have a great freedom in exploring the material on my own, as I didn’t have a special training in wood. I was allowed to find my own ways of treating the material without a “right” or “wrong” in my mind. This is a precious situation while working.

2. you used different types of wood, is that for any particular reason of color, texture, origin ?
I want to understand the characteristics of the material. Wood is very inhomogeneous, every piece is different and therefore very interesting to work with. I enjoy to explore the subtle differences within the same species of wood as well as in contrasted types like limewood and ebony. Also it is one of the most beautiful materials for asthetical reasons as well as haptical.
I search for the fragility and the limit of the wood. And again and again I am surprised how strong and flexible this natural material is.” Jasmin Matzakow

Jasmin Matzakow - "The City" from the Skepsographia series. Brooch. Anjan, silver.

Jasmin Matzakow - "The City" from the Skepsographia series. Brooch. Anjan, silver.

“Nach viel Natur in meinem Arbeiten, habe ich mich diesmal auf städtische Strukturen bezogen. Gerade Linien durchziehen dieses Holz wie Straßenzüge die Stadt Athen.” Jasmin Matzakow

free translation: she has used the subject of Nature many times in her work and this piece is based on city scapes. Straight lines go through this piece of wood like the streets go through the city of Athens.

Jasmin Matzakow - Skepsographia series. Pendant. Bubinga, fiber.

Jasmin Matzakow - Skepsographia series. Pendant. Bubinga, fiber.

Jasmin Matzakow - Brooch. Found object, ebony, silver, steel.

Jasmin Matzakow - Brooch. Found object, ebony, silver, steel.

Jasmin Matzakow - Brooch. Found object, ebony, silver, steel.

Jasmin Matzakow – Brooch. Found object, ebony, silver, steel.
Jasmin Matzakow - Brooch. Oak, silver, steel, colour.

Jasmin Matzakow - Brooch. Oak, silver, steel, colour.

Jasmin Matzakow - Brooch, backside. Cocobolo, silver.

Jasmin Matzakow - Brooch, backside. Cocobolo, silver.

Jasmin Matzakow - Brooch. Cocobolo, silver.

Jasmin Matzakow - Brooch. Cocobolo, silver.

Jasmin Matzakow - Brooch. Ebony.

Jasmin Matzakow - Brooch. Ebony.

Jasmin Matzakow - Brooch, backside. Ebony.

Jasmin Matzakow - Brooch, backside. Ebony.

Jasmin Matzakow - "Tilasm 1". Brooch. Bocote, silver, steel, gold.

Jasmin Matzakow - "Tilasm 1". Brooch. Bocote, silver, steel, gold.

There is also the exhibition “BreakThrough” coming up together with Dana Hakim in Galerie Louise Smit opening on 26th February till 29th March 2012.

No pictures were downloaded or copied. They are all links to the respective web sites.

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