Renate Erlacher studied in Vienna and in the USA (Ohio University, Harvard University). She worked in Vienna on a university course as a lecturer for German as a foreign language and taught in this field for two years at the German Institute of Koryo University in Seoul in South Korea.
During her artistic career, she had the opportunity to improve her techniques and to develop interesting handbags. She took some private classes with teachers of the Academy for Applied Arts in Vienna.
Her handbags were shown in Vienna, at Eunique in Germany, Bayreuth, Salzburg, Nice, Paris, Innsbruck – her jewelry in Vienna, Trieste, Chicago, Legnica.
She attended disparate jewelry courses around the world which helped her to construct a unique style marked by different cultural influences. she studied one year at “Alchimia” in Florence, one guest semester at the University of Trier/ Idar Oberstein and participated in numerous workshops with highly respected artists in this field in Italy, Germany, Rumania, Austria.
“Jewellery entered into my life quite late – but with great intensity”.
“I am a maker of contemporary jewelry and I want to make my pieces alive. It gives me great pleasure to create and make jewelry. I really like to transform my ideas into real objects, only using my own hands and skills. Jewelry making is for me a wonderful process of unfolding. It opens windows into new worlds, it pushes me to new limits, it challenges me – and it makes me very happy.”
“Ever since I was a child I have been drawn to creating things in particular materials, preferably in leather. I am in love with the beauty of the texture and its smell. The shapes of my handbags often followed the structure of the leather skin and its shape. I try to achieve a balance between functionality design and high quality. They are all timeless unique pieces.”
Venice Design Week, in 2019, has selected her works and you can see them in Art Studio Larkina.