A project about the significance of bottles and collections.
PFAND is the project I graduated my Illustration bachelor with. I got intrigued by the Pfandsammler*innen, deposit
collectors, of Berlin. They roam around, looking for bottles that are waiting
underneath trash cans to become part of a collection. People leave their
bottles behind for the collectors to find them. Intrigued by this social
system which is overshadowed by melancholy, I spent a month in Berlin,
observing the bottle circulation and talking to these collectors.
collection is not built to be kept, it starts over every day. The bottles are
never presented and looked at as a collection, and therefore, do not get the
appreciation they deserve. I used my role as an illustrator and bottle enthusiast
to visualise this invisible collection of bottles, with the goal to create
appreciation for these collectors, their bottles and their collection.
into the role of an illustrating bottle collector resulted in a collection of
drawings, lithographs and ceramic bottles.
By combining these illustrated
bottles with deposit receipts, I want to emphasise that collecting Pfand is
Additionally, I try to question the value of the bottle. Their
intrinsic value may only be worth between 8 and 25 cents,
but in my opinion
they are worth way more.