When I was studying interior architecture, I used to like walking past the studios of the jewellery design and silversmithing students. That's where the seed was planted that grew into Atelier ODE.
I want to translate important moments in someone's life into a tangible object. On the one hand, I do that with my jewellery. These are ready-made gifts that people can take with them right away and give them to someone, or themselves, at important moments in their life. But I also make very specific jewellery to order where literal references to someone's life and experiences are worked in.
Everything that I can do myself, I do myself. For example I draw my own silver wire. So I always have the exact dimensions that I have in mind. I also create the greetings cards that go with the jewellery so that it all fits together nicely.
Who was your first customer?
Someone I studied with. She wanted to have a necklace made for her mum with the ashes of her dead grandfather inside it. It ended up as a ginkgo leaf with a stem that became a small tube. It was nice that she entrusted me with this creation.
How can one easily recognise your work?
The jewellery is very recognisable because I combine a greetings card with each piece of jewellery. I think that in general my jewellery radiates simplicity, without being too sleek. I love minimalism, but the jewellery shouldn't feel cold or austere. I always try to work warmth, vitality and something organic into each piece.
Which (creative) Belgian do you admire?
There are lots of very creative Belgians doing good work. For example I am a fan of Muller Van Severen's work. Their work is always recognisable and it comes very close to being art. It makes sense as a whole and the objects have a certain lightness, a dreaminess that I find very smart.