My name is Merlijn van Velsen. I was born in the Netherlands and have been living in Germany since 2010. In the summer of 2018 I graduated in Metal Design from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hildesheim and started my career as an independent artist.
I love working with my hands and seeing how an idea gradually takes shape throughout the creation process. In my projects I incorporate both bronze and glass. Bronze casting allows me to work with high precision and a large amount of detail, while glass lends its colour and transparency to my work. Combined they provide me with the freedom to let my imagination run wild.
My work is heavily influenced by the atmospheres I experience and the different moods that come with it and can often be triggered by music, movies, or even the weather. They are the source of my inspiration and a vitally important part of my creative process. To me, being influenced by emotion and the ambience around me during the creation of a piece gives it its own character and a personal touch.