Stephie Morawetz is a Jewellery Maker from Austria.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in “Modisterei” at the Art University Linz in 2010. Furthermore she successfully completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts studies in 2014 at the Trier University of Applied Sciences, Departement of Gemstones and Jewellery in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.
Since 2015 she is studying in the Master of Engineering, Design and Art in Tel Aviv, Israel.
In my work I am rethinking the definition of luxury. Luxury has a close relationship to rareness and material. Since the beginning of humankind we considered materials, like diamonds, gold or pearls as luxury goods. We treat them as items of preciousness because of their difficult accessibility and their inessentiality for life .
But our world and our society is changing, because of reasons like global warming, pollution, globalization or careless use of resources. Luxury, values and preciousness will change because our rules will be different.
In a world where there is no drink-water, a drop of clear water will be more worth than a diamond.
In a world with extreme over population, having a child will be a status symbol.
In a world where we used all our resources of crude oil, a piece of plastic, out of our oceans, will replace a pearl.
And in a world where we could print a liver, who would invest in gold?