Born in 1968 in Zuiddorpe, The Netherlands, Karin Herwegh first studied fashion design at the St. Joost Academy of Fine Arts in Breda from 1986 to 1991. After two years in the world of fashion, she realized that this universe and the frenzied rhythm of the collections did not correspond to her aspirations and slowly began to experiment with different types of materials and to gather drawings and sketches according to her inspirations. She finally decided to continue her studies by training in jewellery techniques first at the Technical school s'Hertogenbosch (NL) and then at the Technical school (Nijverheidsschool) of Antwerp section Goldsmith-jewellery.
Her works are in the permanent collection of the CODA Museum in Apeldoorn (NL) and the Zeeuws Museum in Middelburg (NL). She lives and works in Hoofdplaat (NL).
"More and more, my work is becoming a kind of personal visual report on the things and issues I care about. The fact that I can simply use a piece of wood and a knife to create contemporary work makes me feel independent from modern technology. The designs are not fixed beforehand, each necklace is made within its own whimsical logic. I decide on shape and size while I carve the wood, every stroke of the knife leads to the next. When ready, the separate elements are linked together, and following a certain theme, narrative or memory, a composition is formed. This way, the experience of the making is made apparent to the viewer, although the cultural and historical references in the piece can be read and interpreted in different ways. For me as an artist, it is more interesting to place question marks than to provide answers. The works are open to be appropriated by the imagination of the viewer." -- Karin Herwegh