Monja Gillich

JEWELRY DESIGN, ARTIST, ART PADAGOGY

In May 2017, at the age of 26, I founded my small business "Harmony Handmade" out of a desire to combine my vocation of "crafting" with my passion for "traveling".

 

My goal was to be on the road for the most time of the year and to work independently of my current location.

 

I am proud that i have made this dream come true in the last few years. Since May 2019 I live and work mainly in my beloved "Eumel". Eumel is a neptun blue colored "VW LT28" built in 1978. I have previously restored him by my own hands. 

 

Because of my family and some friends live in Germany I come back to my hometown Osnabrück regulary. During this time, you will find me and my jewellery stand at local craft, medieval or Christmas markets.

 

 

From the idea to realisation

 

A successfully completed bachelor's degree in the field of art is the reason why i realized the idea of "Harmony Handmade". In particular, through the study-accompanying development and the execution of an artistic project with orphans in Cambodia, I gained extensive competencies that encouraged me to take the step into self-employment. Furthermore, I benefit from two years of professional experience in the field of media design for digital and print, as well as three years of involvement in public relations at the College of Social Arts, Ottersberg.

 

During my 4 years study in the field of "Social Art. Art Therapy and Art Padagogy ", I had the opportunity to pursue my constant desire for creativity and self-expression. The material and the frame were particularly important to me in my artistic exploration.

 

 

What makes Harmony Handmade jewelry so special?

 

 I combine "macrame" with natural materials, such as crystals, wood, avocado hearts, feathers or minerals. Also metals like 925 sterling silver, brass, copper or stainless steel can be found in my jewelry.

 

On the conventional synthetic macrame yarn I try to give up if possible. For example, it is used in more elaborate knot works. For decent knotting I use linen yarn, which I previously treated with organic beeswax. My customers therefore have the opportunity to purchase environmentally friendly jewelry from me.

 

In addition, all my creations are shipped in a 100% biodegradable packaging.

 

Each of my jewels is unique. All pieces transports a story of love for nature and creates awareness of a more sustainable future.

 

I understand my artistic work as an ongoing process. I experiment with organic and natural colors and shapes. I dive deeper and deeper and search for a most environmentally friendly way of production. Through this free, intuitive way of working, my products get their own individual expression.

 

The personal contact with my customers has a special value for me. The fulfillment of individual wishes, custom orders, as well as creative exchange are just as much a part of services as the trade with already designed jewelery.

 

I am immensely grateful to have found this medium of crafting, because I can enrich the world and the people in my own authentic way.