Iris Eichenberg

Iris Eichenberg (°1965, Gröttingen DE) graduated in 1994 in jewellery design from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (NL). After that she followed a course of dictations at the university of Amsterdam from 1998 till 2000. That year she became head of the jewellery department at Gerrit Rietveld Academy (NL). Six years later she moved to Detroit, (US-Mi) where she is now the head of Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Metalsmithing Department. Highlights from her exhibitions and publications record include regular participation in prestigious events like Schmuck, Collect and SOFA.

Her jewellery is in collections from numerous museums; among them is Schmuckmuseum in Pforzheim (DE) as well in the City museum from Amsterdam (NL) and in the Mint Museum (US-NC). The narrative has become an important characteristic of Eichenberg‘s work. It is about life and body. The body as organism and mechanism plays a important role in her work, but the work takes on certain aloofness as well. The body is observed, taken part, examined and put back together just like a do – it – yourself kit.

Echenberg continually puts forward new ideas and formats for contemporary jewellery, and has been and still is influential in bringing installation art and jewellery together.


Iris Eichenberg - Pink Years Later (filmstill Manon de Boer)
Iris Eichenberg - Pink Years Later (2 halssieraden, broche)
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