I was born and raised in Austria, studied and graduated from German Language and Literature and PPP  in Vienna – and later on I studied Psychology at the University of Vienna, and in the US at Ohio University and at Harvard University for my PhD.
 
From 1980-2015 I worked as a lecturer for German as a Foreign Language at the Vorstudienlehrgang der Wiener Universitäten. 1993-1995 I taught in this field at Koryo University near Seoul, South Korea.
 
In the late 90ies I started to get intensly involved with the material leather – took a course in making shoes – and after that I started designing handbags. They were all unique pieces and were produced by  Viennese craftsmen. Exhibitions in Austria and abroad followed, for instance in Vienna, Salzburg, Bayreuth, Paris, Nizza...

 

One of my handbags was acquired by the German Leather Museum in Offenbach – and is sitting there in the departement of Applied Arts.
 
Immediately after my retirement in 2015 I went to Florence to study there for one year at Alchimia, a school for contemporary jewellery. After that I had the chance to keep learning in the workshop of a Viennese jeweller (Herr Eckel).


In spring 2017 I attended a private course with an Italian jewellery artist, Daniela Boieri, who is also working as a teacher at Alchimia, and between 2015 and 2017 I participated in workshops with  Lucia Massei, Daniela Boieri, Yoko Shimizu und Marzia Rossi, but also with two Italian artists, Luciana d`'Onofrio and Federico Vecchi.

I keep attending regularly workshops with Izabella Petrut, an artist and former student at Alchimia at Stoß im Himmel, Vienna.

 

In May 2017 I was invited by Dr.Nenno from the German Leather Museum to participate in EUNIQUE 2017 with my handbags.

 

In October and November 2017  I attended courses at Assamblage Jewellery School in Bukarest, with Andrea Popescu, Diana Pantea and David Sandu.

 

 2018: my pieces shown in Vienna, Galerie Alja & friends

 

Spring 2018: guest student at Trier University of Applied Sciences, Campus Idar Oberstein, gemstones and jewellery.

 

Fall 2018: course with the Italian jewellery artist Daniela Boieri in Florence

 

Dez. 2018: exhibition in: das Packhaus in Vienna

 

April 2019: ongoing, participation at  Legnica Art Gallery , Poland

May 2019: solo exhibition at GIADA Gallery for contemporary jewellery in Triest, Italy

May 2019: participation at group exhibition of SNAG, Coming of Age, in Chicago, USA

 


Renate Erlacher

Schmuck - Contemporary Jewellery

1040 Wien



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