Together with OHNE DEN HYPE, Forward welcomes you inside the mind of creatives, artists and designers! In intimate and personal conversations with Forward-speakers, industry legends and creative shooting stars, the podcast revolves around personal topics – completely without the hype that usually surrounds them. This sixth edition focuses on the life and creative work of the unique visual artist, illustrator and artist Sarah Illenberger who talks to Sven Jürgenmeier about her early creative awakening and her perspective on using different materials in her art.


Sarah Illenberger has held talks, not once, not twice but three times at Forward Festival in 2017 and 2018, visiting Munich, Zurich and Vienna. During the Forward Festival in Vienna, Sarah Illenberges and Sven Jürgensmeiers schedule didn´t quite align for the two to have a proper sit down to talk about Sarahs creative journey and how she became the tinkerer of many things for her visual art and design. But we are very happy that they did manage to meet in her workshop in Berlin to discuss all the unconventional ways Sarah likes to experiment with materials and how she comes up with her ideas.

When Sven Jürgensmeier met her in her creative workspace he realizes quite quickly that
Sarah Illenberger is many things: a little bit chaotic, adventurous and unique in her use of materials to tell stories through her visual art, but most and foremost, she is extremely likable. Which makes this conversation all the more pleasant to follow.

In this episode  Sarah and Sven talk about the Solex, the watch that isn´t all what it seems and the jewelry workshop of her mother, where some of the gemstones would go missing and how all of that related to founding her own jewelry label when she was still at university in London. We were enamored with the flow and authenticity in this episode and hope you will be, too. Go listen to it and delve into the world of Sarah Illenberger with us.

Sarah Illenberger was a speaker at Forward Festival Vienna in 2017 and in Munich and Zurich in 2018.