Plastic Art

The Jewelry of Svenja John

Svenja John came onto the studio jewelry scene in 1994 and she immediately drew attention for her use of plastic as her signature material. Plastic is not just a substitute for metal, instead John’s jewelry fully explores the potential of the material through new and innovative forms and technologies.

She creates distinctive shapes, composed of interlocking components that she individually colors by hand. Not for the shy or subtle dresser, John’s adornments attract attention. Between 1999 and 2001, Svenja John provided runway jewelry for Christian Lacroix whose palette in fashion suited her work.

Today, Svenja John continues to make jewelry in her Berlin studio using Makrolon©, a high-tech polycarbonate.