Craftsmanship is becoming more important again

Yael Anders. Photographs: Regula Bearth © ZHdK

Student portrait Yael Anders

Things never get boring with Yael Anders: the art education student creates her own designs in her studio, works at schoenstaub and at the Dynamo cultural centre and is planning the future of the fairwear label amedring.


Andrea Zeller: Where do you get your inspiration from?
Yael Anders: My own everyday life is the biggest source of inspiration. My diary serves as a sketchbook, moodboard and planning tool. People also inspire me, of course: Nadja Stäubli, for example, or Lars Lerin, a Swedish painter. I’m especially interested in contemporary art and design and like to discover new off-spaces and small galleries around town.

How important is craftsmanship in your work?
Digitisation means that the haptic and analog dimensions now have a completely new significance. I suspect that craftsmanship will become increasingly important again, for instance, shaping materials with one’s hands and creating objects that could not have been programmed by a computer. My work often also involves bookbinding, screen printing and illustration.

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