Interview // Michelle Kraemer

Michelle Kraemer is a contemporary jewellery artist, born in Luxembourg and based in Vienna since 2009.

She creates lightweight statement jewellery, handcrafted from balsa wood and oxidized sterling silver. Unique conceptual jewellery, small collections and limited editions with bold and edgy pieces.

Each one-of-a-kind piece is carefully hand-carved from balsa wood and meticulously coated in various paints and pigments with each facet, bump, scratch or texture making up its unique character.

What are your life essentials--What do you carry with you at all time?

phone, wallet, keys, calendar, chewing gum

Who was your most previous text/call to and what about?

Called my husband that I'm on my way home from the studio.

Last meal you would eat?

a good italian pizza or grilled lamb chops

Most influential person in your life?

My parents. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Tried and true methods against creative block?

Walk away and do something completely unrelated for a while. Stop over thinking and just start doing. (but that’s way easier said than done)

What are some inspiration things, designs, artists, music, sites that you find yourself re-vistiting often?

Abstract and surrealist art
Munich jewellery week
Pinterest for images of space, clouds and textures
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters & old school rock
Alice in Wonderland


If you could have 3 people over for dinner, dead or alive, who would you invite?

I could choose someone like Lady Gaga or maybe Kurt Cobain, but actually I would chose my family since I don’t see them often enough.

Favorite cities? Why?

I don’t really have a favorite city anymore. It used to be london, but I haven’t been there in a long time, so I don’t know if I’d still like it. I do like Vienna, I’ve lived here for 10 years, but I’m more drawn to the countryside now.

Favorite drinks?

Fizzy water, beer, moscow mule


Likes: cats, clouds, sunsets, spring time, the color black

Dislike: decision making, crowded places, endless discussions, summer heat