e-Residency: HELEN OF SPARTA

Intensive 4-day virtual residency + workshop + public presentation for visual, multimedia and interdisciplinary artists, jewellery and fashion designers.   Helen, the mythical queen of Sparta, falls in love with the enemy and causes a merciless war. The Helen of Sparta eResidency aims at inspiring eight artists/writers/performers to develop their own updated version of the […]

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35.000 reads in three weeks!

Dear readers, Thank you for honoring our work. Support our enthusiastic team by buying the eBook or the Print-On-Demand version of SM*CK Magazine for Independent Artists or by placing an ad in the #rebel issue – coming out in October 2020!! http://www.smck.org

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Helen’s Dress_e-Residency_A Wrap Up

The e-Residency program “Helen’s Dress” was an innovative answer to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The e-Residency replaced the scheduled, same name, „physical residency“ in Vamvakou (Greece) which had to be canceled. Both the AIR and e-Residency program was designed and curated by visual artists Christoph Ziegler and Loukía Richards aka ZLR Betriebsimperium after a duo’s original idea […]

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WAR_ΠΟΛΕΜΟΣ, 11-14 March 2020_WELTRAUM Gallery_Rumfordstraße 26, Munich. The project is funded by City of Munich. Concept and curation: Christoph Ziegler and Loukia Richards. Schmuck München/ Jewelry Week Munich 2020 Πόλεμος πάντων μὲν πατήρ ἐστι, πάντων δὲ βασιλεύς. / War is the father of all and king of all; and some he shows as gods, others […]


My way of thinking of and designing jewellery was broadened+confirmed!

Nicole Maunz_Schmuckgestalterin_Graz, Österreich/Jewellery designer_Graz, Austria sent us her impressions of the workshop “Objekte des Begehrens/Objects of Desire”. The two day long workshop took place at Grassi Museum Leipzig, 2 & 3 November 2019 and was funded by Umweltbundesamt. The workshop was chaired by Christoph Ziegler and Loukia Richards and combined theory and practice. “I found […]

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It was an honor I was selected for “Objekte des Begehrens”!

Suska Tyralla, Sozialpädagogin + Teilnehmerin des Workshops: “Objekte des Begehrens”, 2&3 November 2019, Grassi Museum Leipzig/ Suska is a pedagogue working on social inclusion. She participated in the workshop “Objects of Desire” chaired by Christoph Ziegler and Loukia Richards, 2&3 November 2019, Grassi Museum Leipzig. The workshop has been funded by Umweltbundesamt/Federal Environment Agency (Germany). […]

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Jewellery cares! World Environment Day

Pictures: Daniel von Weinberger/ Amelie Spitz/ Loukia Richards / Christoph Ziegler SAVE THE DATE 11 September 2019_Opening of our group show Wert/voll at Umweltbundasamt (Federal Agency for the Environment) Dessau Germany on how environmentally conscious jewellery changes social values #WorldEnvironmentDay Featuring twenty jewellery artists from Germany, Belgium  France, Greece China Argentina Israel USA Sweden Czech Republic etc. Concept and curation by Christoph Ziegler and Loukia Richards. The Federal […]

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The reasoning of ZLR Jewellery Awards 2019

The ZLR JEWELLERY AWARDS 2019 aimed at giving the independent jewellery artists community a voice. We strongly believe that artists do not need representatives and dream-dealers in order to shape their own curriculum and taste. The ZLR JEWELLERY AWARDS 2019 nominees were: Fabiana Gadano_(Argentina) / Mario Albrecht_(Germany) / Ildikó Dánfalvi_(Hungary) / Silke Spitzer_(Germany) / Sharareh […]

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Embroidery is the new black

EN/GR “OXI!/NO!”. Loukia Richards, 2010. Embroidery of 18th and 19th century Greek traditional motifs on old Greek flag. Credit: Studio Kominis Athens. “By 2030 3D printing will overtake conventional manufacturing in the fashion industry making exquisite embroidery and hand-crafted pieces the ultimate luxury”. This is a statement by fashion’s “Bible” Vogue (British, June 2016). Professional […]

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