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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.

Their 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.

Stepping 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 hard work.
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.

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