Hilde Janich


born 1953 in Hilden, Germany

Training / Education:

  • 1972/75 teacher training college
  • 1980/83 internship Bochum, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1983/87 internship ateliers Neuss, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1987/92 Academy of Design, Düsseldorf, Germany

Work Experience:

  • 1995/96 Designs for „Berolina", Pforzheim
  • 2004 workshop-leading at FH- Hanau, „Sommer Akademie"
  • Exhibitions ( Solo & Group Shows):
  • 1989 Müller, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
  • 1990 Gallery Cebra, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1991 Stadt Museum Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1992 VDSI, Pforzheim, Germany
  • 1993 „Manu Factum `93", Handelskammer Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1994 Stadtbücherei Hilden, Germany
  • 1994 solo`s in Bochum, Stuttgart, Munich, Germany
  • 1995 „Manu Factum `95", Museum for Applied Arts , Cologne, Germany
  • Gallery Alpha, Würzburg, Germany
  • Stadt Museum Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1996 Galerie Hèlène Porèe, Paris, France
  • 1998 Jewelry Moves Nat. Museum, Scotland, UK
  • 1999 „Manu Factum `99", Klingen Museum, Solingen, Germany
  • Studio Gr. 20, Padova, Italy
  • 2000 Design Center Fair, Essen, Germany
  • 2000 20 th Century Int. Art Fair NY, Repr. by Charon Kransen Arts
  • 2001 Nine East, Nine West, De Novo Gallery Palo Alto, curated by Charon Kransen
  • Sotheby's London, UK
  • 2002 „Formate", Bottrop, Germany
  • „nicht ohne" Project of the FH Düsseldorf,
  • exhibitions in: Deutsches Golschmiedehaus, Hanau
  • ADK, Düsseldorf , Germany
  • Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Germany
  • 2004 solo exhibition „ Stadtsparkasse Essen", Germany
  • „Natur ganz Kunst", Museum für Kuns und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
  • since 1996 co-operation with Charon Kransen Arts (SOFA New York, Palm Beach, Chicago)USA
  • since 2002 Inhorgenta, Munich, Art Fair, Germany

Awards / Grants:

  • 1995 Buchbinderei Mergemeier, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1999 „Loving Energy", Competition, Tokyo: commendation
  • Collections (Pivate & Museum):
  • „Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe", Hamburg Germany


  • Numerous in different catalogues and magazines
  • e.g. Elle Plus, Kunsthandwerk & Design, GZ, Schuck Magazin, WAZ

Artist Statement

The parchment objects are light as a feather but they are not at all as fragil as they look like. In a nearly hovering manner a necklace nestles to the neck or shoulder of its wearer. In the sunlight it glimmers like fabulous elfhair and awakes children's longings.

Associations to the crown of thorns are not accidental. Knots against forgetting and for suffering are reminiscent of the symbiotic connexion of desire and pain. It was the longing for chaos and the wish, especially there, to make structures visible, which let arise these flimsy spun yarn.