The core of Maude's work is her desire to understand human nature, which often feels surreal and questionable. Her first collections were based around mythology and anthropology, but her newer collections are more personal. Since 2010, Maude has been turning her personal demons into knitwear. Knitting allows her to experiment within a wide range of texture possibilities that dance on the skin.
“My desire to understand human nature is at the core of my work. My newer collections are more personal, that include my passions for mythology and anthropology. Ancestors are a reflection of us, who are contradictory, and I think that's what makes us beautiful. I feel that beautiful jewelry like WOLF + SADIE's is similar to fine lingerie; it does not only complement the body but it also brings a mysterious sensuality.” - Maude Nibelungen
What inspires you as a visual artist?
I like finding beauty in ideas, not necessarily the subjects themselves. The human figure that awakes our imaginations and our senses; this can be textures, landscapes, drawings, etc.
What inspired you to create the photo and video series you submitted?
I feel that beautiful jewelry like WOLF + SADIE's is similar to fine lingerie; it does not only complement the body but it also brings in a mysterious sensual dimension when worn.
What is the story behind your project?
I wanted to explore the sensual, dressier aspect of the jewelry pieces. You need nothing more than those pieces to be sexy. At the same time, it was important for me to keep an ethereal dreamy vibe, in a hope to keep an interesting balance and contrast between the knitwear and the jewelry.
Why do you consider yourself an artistic ally of WOLF + SADIE?
We both practice older crafts while giving them a modern twist. I greatly appreciate how much dedication Bramble puts into her work, not just product-wise but also design-wise simultaneously. We share many personal traits, so we work well together and I can’t help but think that our personalities are reflected in our work.
What is it about Ancestors that you want reflected in your work?
I love the contrast between the brightness and the imperfections in each piece, but also between how simple yet sophisticated the designs of the pieces are. Contrasts inspire me the most because they are a reflection of us, humans are fundamentally contradictions. That is truly what makes us beautiful.
View Maude's series here.