Getting your hands dirty with Sarah Illenberger
Sarah Illenberger gives new meaning to everyday objects. With her interdisciplinary approach combining design, art, photography, and her hands, she has found a niche in the creative world. In her hands-on masterclass at the Forward Festival Hamburg she will focus on how to work analogue and to use your hands as a thinking tool.
A wooden sound system for Hermès, a sculpture for Nike, or a handcrafted model of a self-driving Mercedes – Sarah Illenberger has worked with various clients and even more materials to visualize her creative mind. What all of her projects do have in common is the artist’s analogue approach.
For her craftwork, Sarah Illenberger uses her hands as a thinking and creating tool as well as the most ordinary objects of everyday life. “It’s exciting when it really comes into being spontaneous when two elements combine and trigger that brief ignition moment. For this, you always have to go through life attentively”, the artist describes her way of getting inspiration.
Her masterclass at the Forward Festival in Hamburg will focus exactly on that: The artist shows you how your hands function as a thinking tool to create artworks using found and foraged materials. Remember the “Tutti Frutti”-series Sarah Illenberger did with fruits and vegetables and combined them with random objects? She creates dishes out of eggshells and jewellery out of cauliflower. That out-of-the-box thinking and just letting your creativity flow is what this masterclass wants to encourage.