'Elfi's design process is often stimulated by her observations of natural materials, shapes and phenomena, but she also finds inspiration in urban culture and likes to collaborate with artists in other media. Elfi constantly searches for new means of creative expression, challenging preconceived ideas of the style and meaning of jewellery objects: “I like to develop new ways of seeing, wearing and maybe even defining jewellery and object art."
Her European background and training shows in her aesthetics and designs but her concepts are more and more influenced by her new home New Zealand.'
Born in Germany, Elfi gained her practical training at the Goldsmith & Watchmakers School and the University College of Design in Pforzheim.
In 1999 she immigrated to New Zealand and established The Filing Kabinett, a jewellery workshop/ studio co-op.
Her work has been widely exhibited in group and solo shows in private und public Art Galleries throughout New Zealand, Germany, The Netherlands, USA and Australia since 1993.
Besides co-running The Filing Kabinett workshop and shop at The Tannery in Christchurch, designing and making jewellery for Galleries and private clients throughout New Zealand, she mostly enjoys developing challenging work for new exhibitions.