The intricate details and decorations of Max Danger’s project will immediately capture your attention. Not only are there a few well crafted bees in different boxes and scenarios, but also some drawings and illustrations hanging from the ceiling. Every single piece is impressive enough to make you stand and gaze in appreciation for a while.
His last name is Danger. But Max doesn’t look dangerous at all, he looks like a typical Dane: if one doesn’t talk to them, they might look angry; if one talks to them, they are surprisingly so much nicer than one would have assumed.
Max is typical in this way.
It is not difficult to guess what he likes after seeing his work because he transforms what he cares about in his project, Let it Bee!
“My jewellery represents me, although the pieces are based on a profound concept. It is individually carrying a quasi-narrative, illustrative background,” he said. “I use quirky, imaginative design to highlight important global issues, which echoes my interest in the suburban environment and the revolutionary mine it maintains.
“Throughout time, I have always been inspired by the environment. From Island tours to freight hopping, it all adds to the outcome of a given project,” he said.
But, are his creations always so heavy? Max’s answer is unexpected.
“I have an ability to make all my illustrations quite humorous, even when I try my hardest not to. I almost always end up with a little smile when I am done. Some people in Denmark named me Mr Cartoon because of my personality, so I guess the illustrations reflect me quite well,” he said.
Combining his love for shiny materials ever since he was young with the influence of artists such as M.C. Escher, Don Rosa, Eric Joyner and Walton Ford, Max extends his imagination without any limitations. He grew up with skulls, voodoo dolls, gore movies, robots and comics (as he told us), which somewhat explains where his interesting thoughts derive from.
Yet as a jewellery designer with so many ideas in mind, it might not be possible to put everything into real life creations.
“Integrating the sculptural and narrative with wearable jewellery, while keeping it aesthetic and functional is difficult,” he said.
“If you insist on working in gold, you should expect a big cost in the beginning, but hopefully this will turn out to be an investment,” he added.
For Let it Bee! Max used gold to craft the delicate bees. He spent one month for each small bee and realised his illustration skills and understanding for things in general simply grew with him as he embarked on his journey of creativity.
“Making is about thinking, seeing and finding solutions. For the bees, I did at least one drawing a day, for a month. A culmination of all these variations of bees led to the gold pieces,” he said. “The actual pieces don’t have a sketch. I have an overall image in my head that transforms as it is being made.”
Max is going to keep his upcoming project a secret, yet he revealed that it would still be about bees. He hopes to be able to live on his designs since he has opened a workshop in London and commissioned in sculpting, jewellery and illustrations.