Irene Maria Ganser heralds from Linz, Upper Austria. After studies at the University of Art she completed a year of Design and Fashion studies in Paris and graduated with a Masters of Fashion Design from the Marangoni Institute, Milan and Interior architecture at the Politecnico Milan. She spent two years in the American Kris Ruhs’s Milanese design studio Corse Como 10. This 1000 m2 “Wonderland of Creativity” gave her the opportunity to develop her skills in jewellery design, sculpture, textiles and art installations. A resident of Vienna since the year 2000, Irene Ganser rounded off her studies with a MSc in Communication, thereby honing her skills in Marketing and Communication before making her international breakthrough as an artist and designer with her Bellidea Studio in 2007.
The albeo Series
The wood from which the metal was moulded originated from an old bridge in Upper Austria and shares its roots with the artist and designer. For the artist this is no coincidence. Once they have arrived at the Studio, the individually contoured surfaces are cast into metal plates of bronze, brass or aluminium and are further enhanced by hand. The moulded metal plates are lavishly refined and hand-finished by the designer herself. They are sanded, polished and patinated to produce a rich and unique finish. The overwhelming visual impression is of a surface that absolutely mirrors its wooden counterpart.