Shana Teugels (Jewellery Design at Sint-Lucas in Antwerp) is interested in the boundaries between attraction and repulsion. She believes that the attraction to things that glitter and glimmer is part of human nature. ‘At a rational level, we think it’s ugly, but it does do something for us. This is what I want the beholder to feel.’ Kitsch is a recurring theme. ‘It literally means that it tries to be something it isn’t. It tries to emanate riches, but it’s actually banal.’ She has no problem with exaggeration. ‘People might not like it at first, but their second impression is: “I want to touch that”.’ Shana is a laureate of Toegepast 16.