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(A text for) Judit Pschibl`s pp- series

Writing this blog is a temporary commitment I made, which makes me sit down and write regularly, and I really enjoy it. Especially writing in English. My German writing is always far too tangled. Interspersed with train sentences, foreign words and bumpy metaphorical phrases, I probably try too hard to sound clever. In English, though, I take the liberty to write plainly, which has allowed me to be more straightforward and to the point. The same actually counts for me speaking English. My experience is that when I am speaking English, I am often more comfortable and open than the German speaking me, which I surely do find a bit weird. Maybe I just lack the ability to beat around the bush in English? Or is it the sound of the language itself, which makes me feel and act differently? Or maybe the foreign language creates a bit of a distance, so that I don´t feel as involved as in German and so feel more secure? Whatever the reason, it is a strange phenomenon, and I find the notion quite interesting that a different language brings out a different version of yourself.

So, astonishingly, when my friend and colleague, Judit Pschibl, asked me if I would write a short informative text about her recent art jewellery series, I decided to accept the challenge, but I also decided to write it in English. Judit will then hire someone else to have the text translated to German, which is quite funny, but is probably for the best (That reminds me of Arnold Schwarzenegger having someone else dubbing his voice for the German version of his movies. Like all Germans, I have watched dubbed movies in the past and recently I was watching Predator again after many years, but this time in English. I could not believe my ears… Arnold Schwarzenegger speaking English is the real deal! I almost fell off the couch laughing…).

Judit Pschibl (born in 1973 in Weiden i.d.Opf., Germany) studied jewellery design at the State Academy of Drawing, Hanau, and made her master of goldsmithing and jewellery design in 2001. She then studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich in the class of Otto Künzli from 2003 to 2008, where we met in 2006 when I was joining. I remember her diploma show very well, because I really enjoyed the pieces she was showing there: Judit had created a series of chain necklaces made of hand sewn and coloured fabric filled with sand. I immediately had a strong impulse of wanting to touch and wear them, to feel the weight and texture. The biggest necklace was shown on a life scale photograph on the topless body of a classmate and I wondered if she had felt crushed or hugged in that moment. When Judit showed me the pieces privately after the show, I could finally try on a necklace: The chain felt more like a cosy pillow, like something warm and soft caressing your neck.

Her recent series is completely different, but equally interesting to experience. Here is my text for Judit:

Judit Pschibl’s pp- series is made of transparent polypropylene, a termoplastic polymer, which due to its qualities such as high resistance to chemical substances, and general stability, can be found in versatile applications today. While normally the characteristic stress-whitening that appears when folding the polypropylene is considered a fault of the material, in this case it was the key point which roused Judit Pschibl’s interest in working with it. The prominent white edges create a striking contrast to the transparent surfaces and establish a graphic element which plays an important role in Judit Pschibl’s artworks. In some pieces, she dyes parts of the edges dark with graphite, which enhances the contrast and creates a clear reference to drawing.

The composition of her necklaces appear complex and highly constructed, however they are assembled only of one single geometric element, that is repeated in various sizes. Like the appearance of a cut diamond, the impression of these pieces is always elusive, constantly shifting with the movement of the wearer and the ever-changing surroundings. The overlapping layers of polypropylene sheets shift from grades of transparency to total opacity, thereby partly reflecting the colours of the environment, and partly refracting the incident light into its individual colour-components. Despite their conspicuous shape and size, these jewellery pieces never seem massive when worn on the body, because they adapt to the wearer’s bearing and situation like the skin of a chameleon.

Judit Pschibl’s pp– series clearly correlates with natural phenomena as well as facets of architecture, drawing and traditional jewellery. However, at its core, this work cycle is actually demonstrating another matter: The basic joy of the maker exploring and interacting with a material, establishing methods and rules to master it, while still embracing the unexpected elements.

1 Judit Pschibl: franzi_1, 2013; Polypropylene, Photo: Judit Pschibl
2 Judit Pschibl: pp/3, 2015; Polypropylene, Graphite; Photo: Mirei Takeuchi
3 Judit Pschibl: mia, 2008; Fabric, sand; Photo: Judit Pschibl
4 Judit Pschibl: pp/4, 2015; Polypropylene, Graphite; Photo: Mirei Takeuchi
5 Judit Pschibl: Judit Pschibl: franzi_1, 2013; Polypropylene, Photo: Judit Pschibl
6 Judit Pschibl: Untitled, 2015;Polypropylene, Graphite; Photo: Judit Pschibl
7 Judit Pschibl: pp/5, 2015; Polypropylene, Graphite, pigment; Photo: Mirei Takeuchi



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And the winners of the KARMA CHROMA earring raffle are…


My “Jack Dackel” Lola was watching me with interest when I was pulling out the names of the five winners a few minutes ago. Congratulations to  :

meiposcht@… (cup shaped earrings with black glass)
ortizvi@… (cup shaped earrings with red glass)
kgseufert@… (cup shaped earrings with blue glass)
elmenhorst53@… (posy shaped earrings with black glass)
…@birgitlaken… (wing shaped earrings with yellow glass)

You will receive an email today… I hope you will be happy with your new earrings =)!


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Earring raffle: Karma Chroma celebrates its 1st anniversary!


Around three years ago, my partner Attai Chen and I decided to leave Munich to live in a small village in the countryside of Bavaria. Attai kept his studio in Munich and since then, has been subjected to a time-intense commute between home and his studio. On the other hand, I have built myself a workshop at home and ever since, work and live in a quite isolated environment. I am not entirely sure why, but this was exactly what I wanted and needed back then, to be alone as much as possible with my work to see where it would take me. In many ways, this proved to be a good decision for now, but slowly I’ve felt that I had to find a way out of my snailhouse again. After all, creating the artwork is only one part of an artist’s job description today.

Hence the idea of writing a blog was born, which would not only help to get my work and ideas out there, but also create a platform to promote art jewellery and offer a place for dialogue and exchange about art and colour.


A bit more than one year ago, I started writing this blog. It took me some courage, because I knew that I could only do it in a very personal way. I certainly don’t claim to be one for discovering and presenting trends or novelties, that´s not who I am. I can only provide a very subjective and honest point of view about the things I write about, which makes me feel vulnerable at times . But mostly when you overcome a fear of doing something, you get rewarded. And so I am very pleased to say that already after one year, the Karma Chroma -blog has proven to be an exciting and fruitful project in many ways for me. The articles, especially, which featured or collaborated with other artists were very enriching. Valuable exchanges took place, bonds were made or strengthened, and I want to thank everyone who has participated so far!

I cannot overemphasize how important it was for me to start writing: about my work, other people´s work, other subjects, etc. To delve into a subject, to investigate my feelings towards it, to connect and organize the tingle tangle of ideas in my head and last but not least, to improve my skills to express myself in English have proven to be such a great gain. For an artist like me who is working on an emotional and intuitive level rather than conceptually, the writing really helped me to understand what I am actually dealing with in my work and to be even able to express it in a coherent manner. For instance, I was recently invited to speak at the Code C (C for colour) seminar in Gothenburg about the topic of colour from the point of view of the artists’ own practices. While writing the lecture, I realised that this made perfect sense for me. It really is usually the use of colour in which the different stages in my artistic development manifest themselves.
Writing was so hard for me in the past, especially about my work. Now it has become a new tool, which I can use as another way of expressing myself. I can honestly say that writing this blog has made me a more self-confident and aware artist and I can highly recommend it.


But a blog is certainly not much without its readers and so my biggest thanks goes to the Karma Chroma readers out there. It gives me great pleasure that some of you are enjoying the articles and discovering something, anything. I also want to seize this opportunity to invite you to leave me any kind of suggestions for improvements or other thoughts and ideas! I am looking forward to all your input and critique!

To celebrate this first anniversary, I am going to hold a little raffle for the email subscribers of the Karma Chroma– blog. You can win one of five pairs of earrings (here on the photos) from my Karma Chroma- series, three pairs of cups, one pair of wings and one pair of posies! If you are not yet subscribed to this blog, but you would like to be in for the raffle, you still have time to subscribe now. The deadline is the 15th of December, 2016. The winners will be informed via email. Family and friends are included, but I promise not to cheat ;).

redcups blackposys blackcups

1 Carina Shoshtary: Karma Chroma earrings, 2016; Graffiti, glass, silver, Photo: Carina Shoshtary
2 Carina Shoshtary: Cup shaped earrings, 2016; Graffiti, glass, silver, 1,5 cm cm x 1,3 cm x 1,0 cm; Photo: Carina Shoshtary
3 Carina Shoshtary: Wing shaped earrings, 2016; Graffiti, glass, silver; 3,2 cm cm x 2,0 cm x 1,3 cm; Photo:Carina Shoshtary
4 Carina Shoshtary: Cup shaped earrings, 2016; Graffiti, glass, silver, 1,6 cm cm x 1,2 cm x 1,2 cm; Photo: Carina Shoshtary
5 Carina Shoshtary: Posy shaped earrings, 2016; Graffiti, glass, silver, 3,2 cm cm x 2,5 cm x 1,7 cm; Photo: Carina Shoshtary
6 Carina Shoshtary: Cup shaped earrings, 2016; Graffiti, glass, silver, 1,7 cm cm x 1,4 cm x 1,1 cm; Photo: Carina Shoshtary