Annika Wirken


Annika Wirken (1981, Tilburg) is a 2015 graduate of contemporary jewellery design from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, where she currently lives and works. Whether referring to her conceptual studies or her highly wearable pieces, Wirken’s practice always starts from her impulse to experiment with (almost exclusively) natural materials, and the acts of merging these substances together serve as important productive steps in her creative process.


Wirken often makes use of existential sensitivities during these decisive research phases to accomplish highly personal work in which she lets her desires, fears, and flaws unfold themselves as theoretical themes that lead the way. Due of her believe in perceiving all of life’s strong sentiments, a design can originate in solid instinct but end in pure concept, accepting change and transition as a constant state.


As a contemporary jewellery designer she places importance on purity and craftsmanship in her process. Owning to her use of material, color and form, the look of her jewellery is an union between intense sobriety and bold assertion which in turn, manages to create a notably versatile yet strongly recognizable output throughout her production.




Annika Wirken
+31 (0) 624 669 403





2012 // 2015

BFA Jewellery Design, Gold- & Silversmithing,
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp


2001 // 2004
BBA Fashion Marketing and Management,
TMO, Doorn





2013 // present

COS, Sales Advisor & Accessories Responsible, Antwerp


Spring 2012
Iris van Herpen, Production, Amsterdam


Spring 2011
Sabrina Dehoff, Production, Berlin


2007 // 2009
G-Star Raw, Communication Coordinator, Amsterdam


2006 // 2007
G-Star Raw, PR Assistant, Amsterdam


Spring 2006
Kamer 465, Styling & Production, Halfweg






Schmuck, 25-28 February, 3Stations, Munich



Sieraad Art Fair, 5-8 November, Amsterdam

Schmuck, 12-15 March, 3Stations, Munich


2014 // 2015

A Touch of Steel, Traveling Exhibition

Deutsches Klingenmuseum, 24 May – 31 August 2014, Solingen

Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus, 25 September 2014 – 25 January 2015, Hanau

Design Flanders Gallery, 21 May – 23 August 2015, Brussels

Reciprocity Design, 1 October – 1 November 2015, Li├Ęge



Interieur 2014, International Design Biennale, 18-26 October, Kortrijk

Sieraad Art Fair, 6-9 November, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

Integration, 20-25 May, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen

It’s good to be a Jewel!, 21 March – 4 April, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp



Sieraad Art Fair, 7-10 November, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam





Autor, Contemporary Jewellery Magazine#2, read by Jorge Manilla


A Touch of Steel, Chrome Yellow Books





Prijs KoMASK, Bachelor Award 2015
organized by Stichting KoMASK and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp


Honorable Mention, Steel Prize 2014 / A Touch of Steel
organized by the Kolloquium Nordrhein Westfalen and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts





Design & Programming: Studio 24/24

Typefaces: Alice & Suisse light

Photography: Charis Boel