tangible truths


tangible truths by sybille paulsen


The truth will always be the truth, especially when that truth is our own sincerity. But when something unpredictable happens and we feel exposed and vulnerable, our truth all of a sudden becomes tangible. That tangible truth asks for our ability to open up to change and transformation.


Tangible Truths is a heart-warming project by Sybille Paulsen that focuses on the transformation of loss by turning it into a personalized and stunning piece of art. Sybille, who is a Berlin-Based fiber-artisan and designer, works primarily with a very exceptional material, namely hair. She believes that hair is a unique substance that awakens a lot of feelings. In her designs she tries to honour these believes by creating artefacts that go beyond the basic intention of jewellery.


“My inspiration is ignited by the sensuous experience of materials – their roughness, their weight or color – as well as details from my daily life” – Sybille Paulsen –


The art-project Tangible Truths turns the hair of cancer-patients, who lost it due to chemotherapy, into personalized jewellery. As every woman is unique and experiences her illness differently, every piece is different as well. It is an intensive cooperation between Sybille and the concerning woman, who get to learn each other deeply to create a perfect story. 

A serious illness, such as cancer, unfortunately does not only effect the patient but her whole environment, therefore Tangible Truth offers additional pieces for friends a family to support their beloved ones by functioning as a unbreakable bond and to visualize the togetherness one seeks for in difficult times.

Every single piece Sybille Paulsen creates is handmade and asks for tremendous accuracy. A single piece can therefore take several days or even weeks to be completed into one of her breath-taking designs that, piece by piece, tell the personal story of a beautiful human being.


Tangible Truths is a perfect signal of “positivism” as it turns an overwhelming sad life experience into an unforgettable artefact. It transforms a loss into a precious gift and makes the situation discussable. Tangible Truths is the embodiment of societies changing attitude regarding alter negative happenings into added value. In a way we can even pose that it is the ultimate form of “personalization” as it literally makes a part of our human being immortal.


Cecile Cremer





Extremely curious and always searching for little weak signals that tell us things are changing. Cecile is a trend researcher and creative concept developer with the wanderlust of a cosmopolitan.Her aim in life is to develop things that matter to others and to help others change their strategy to be ahead of the future. Because she believes “The future is ours”.




Tangible Truth by Sybille Paulsen


Tangible Truth by Sybille Paulsen


Tangible Truth by Sybille Paulsen