Making jewellery has been part of Ingrid Schloemer’s life since her teenage years. Over the years her materials have changed from easily accessible copper pieces for enamelling, wire and glass beads to silver, silk and gemstones, but the aim to make unique and beautiful items remained.
After Schloemer’s arrival in New Zealand in 1994, stone was introduced to her as an additional medium for her art work. From large-scale sculptures in limestone she turned to create jewellery in 1998, especially with her carvings from jade and other semi-precious gemstones. Ideas for Schloemer’s work come mainly from nature, and in particular are inspired by plants and trees which are a repeating theme.