Meet the Maker: Annemarie Reinhold
Annemarie’s aim is to create unique, engaging sculptural and wearable objects. She loves nature, drawing inspiration from the natural world that surrounds her. Annemarie’s interest are mainly in the botanical, where endless inspiration can be found in trees and the whole plant world around us. This has inspired Annemarie to design and create plant like forms and more recently, to take a playful approach to vegetables and fruit.
Annemarie frequently expresses a desire to preserve special moments and capture their beauty. Her aspiration revolves around creating structural forms that reflect those cherished moments, utilising the enduring nature of metal to ensure longevity.
A typical day in the studio would start ideally with a list of things i need to do. I am not always that organised but a list usually gives me a better idea of what is ahead. In general I would have different jobs to do like making pieces of Jewellery for my collection. Sometimes I work on bigger more abstract Silver pieces.
Most of the work would start at my bench, saw piercing out shapes from metal sheet. Then file and smoothen edges, form the pieces, solder and clean. Sometimes I work on a few items at a time. For some jobs I have to use different equipment. Like hammering and press forming is also involved.
There is also an element of drawing involved if I am working on new pieces. I would then use paper to make maquettes to see what pieces potentially might look out. I also have to do admin work which happens usually in front of the computer at some point during the week.
Be patient; it does take time to get good at this. There is always something to learn. Even now, there are still so many things I don't know about. Be passionate. Make many mistakes; they are absolutely part of it, and they teach you so much.
I love being able to work with metal. The way I can shape it into three dimensional forms that will last. The transformation from a flat sheet of metal to a 3D form I found fascinating. Also the sense of being in control of processes are very satisfying. Metal can appear hard and I enjoy to challenge the appearance by making it more “soft”. I think metals like silver, gold and copper are such rewarding materials to work in.
Probably give my son Rían a little squeeze and have a little snack.
How do you switch off?
I like to go for walks. I find nature really calms me. I love going to the sea, sometimes sea swims if I am brave enough.
Spending time with my family.
What advice would you give someone who is considering this craft career?
Be patient; it does take time to get good at this. There is always something to learn. Even now, there are still so many things I don’t know about. Be passionate. Make many mistakes; they are absolutely part of it, and they teach you so much. Ask for help. Here in Ireland, we have such a great community of makers and most people are happy to pass on their knowledge.
What other maker in your discipline do you most look up to?