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Bandits by Sarah Tari

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Described as the antithesis of fashion which first came into prominence in the 90s, Sarah Tariverdian's label Bandits by Sarah Tari reveals a sculptural yet darker side of jewellery of wearable metal spikes and nails, with its aesthetics deliberately tarnished and asymmetrical in the belief that individuals can find themselves in irregular and asymmetric forms, as the world itself is imperfect.

Fascinated by the process of transience, her work depicts unspoken words that nothing lasts forever, our interest in materialism is short-lived and happiness from this is momentarily brief, yet we continue to fill that void in an addictive, material-driven cycle. 

Maximum in Minimum | In Conversation with Magdalena Paszkiewicz

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

What has first drawn me to Magdalena Paszkiewicz's geometrical and minimal jewellery collection is her ability of maximising the unlimited potential of simple lines above and beyond and without repetitiveness or conformity, designs that are staunchly against the idea of 'normal'. She utilises her creative ability to explore innovative and quirky ways of adorning lines in an eye catching and awe inspiring manner despite its subtle and barely-there aesthetics. Magdalena uses traditional jewellery making techniques to create her modern designs, however her main rule of thumb when putting an idea into a physical form is stopping just short when the design becomes too much, and therein lies the uniqueness of her collection where the resulting outcome is the deliberately half-finished jewellery and separate components, ideal for modern women who embraces understated elegance and classic sophistication. With that, she is fast becoming one of my favourite contemporary designers in 2017.

Here I interviewed Magdalena about her inspirations as a designer, where her passion for minimalism comes from and the idea behind her newest collection.

1. What inspired you to become a jewellery designer?

I graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź in Poland. It was there at the Jewellery Department that I saw for the first time a jewellery machine and I fell in love with it instantly. I got curious about the technology and the process of production itself.

2. You are a great fan of minimalism and has implemented this into your body of work. What is it about minimalism that encourages you to adopt that particular style?

I consider minimalism to convey incredibly powerful messages. You don't attack the viewer with colour, form or structure. Neither is there to complete the picture with words. Minimum form, maksimum expression. The best motto of creators: less is more.

3. How does your surrounding influence your work? Is there a city, country or place you're inspired by?

The Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź had the biggest influence on my style. I specialise in wood engraving and I am especially keen on Japanese woodcut prints. It's one step away from Japanese style, design, minimalism and the work culture. At studies I practiced a lot of composition so my works are characterized by geometrical figures.

I live in Łódź. The city with huge industrial tradition dating back to the 19th century. Industrial and electric style attract many artists who feels at home and so am I. I'm certain Łódź influence my art too.

4. People spend most of their lives in a work space. How would you describe your studio?

My studio is an open place where I design and make jewellery, where everybody is welcome to enter and see me at work. Along with Pola Chrobot-a designer of Mokave Jewellery we have always wanted to create an open atelier ready for visitors any time. My intention is to introduce my job to everybody who still perceives jewellery in a stereotypical way. At my studio I run a jewellery workshop, pursue the individual orders and make my own collections.

5. Tell us about your new collection Double Earrings. How is it different from your previous collections?

Double Earrings are a continuation of my previous collection ,,Maksimum in Minimum" They are crafted from silver 925 and gold plated silver. The two elements the jewellery consists of enable us to wear it as separate earrings with or without the back part, exactly the way you see in pictures. This collection describes me the best as an artist and as a jewellery designer that's why I present the jewellery in the pictures.

6. Describe the creative and technical stages of making your jewellery collection. What is the hardest and most enjoyable part of the process?

As in all fields of art it's significant to read a lot on a given subject and attend exhibitions, to be acquainted with all pieces of art, generally. This is the main source of inspiration and it's the first moment when my ideas come to life. The next step is just hard work. A lot of drawing on paper and first sample versions in metal. Slowly the project is completed, jewellery ready and I may take care of another part of my job; photos, jewellery boxes, graphic design, the website and social media promotion. I devote equal time to all elements of my work.

The hardest moment of creativity is the process of searching for the concept. To make the collection simple, original and coherent. The most rewarding is the moment of pressing the enter key and releasing the final completed collection.

7. Do you have a favourite piece? which design do you wear most often?

I treat all my pieces very personally and emotionally. It's hard to choose only one but if I am to point something out it will be the Maximum Circle Necklace, the first design in my collection I created together with my friend Natalia, so I am  sentimental about it. It's a silver circle pendant attached to a transparent jewellery line, not to a regular chain. It makes an impression of soaring in the air.
The jewellery I wear most often are the silver earring from 5 colour collection. There are small and simple, perfect for casual wear. 

8. If you could adorn your work on a public figure (dead or alive) who  would it be and why?

There are many beautiful and stylish woman all over the world who could represent my collections but I still don't have any doubts as to who might be the icon of my style. It's Marion Cotillard a French actress whose both inner and outer beauty shines all the time.

9. Is there a brand you would love to collaborate with?

I'd like to collaborate with a classic clothing company where I could match my minimalistic jewellery collection with simple collection of clothes, both men's and women's. It's important to fit into the style of the  brand, keeping at the same time, your individuality.

10.Describe the person wearing your collection?

 I direct my jewellery towards all women who are aware of their own style. Women who adore classic, simple and minimalistic way of dressing up and who pay attention to details. My jewellery would underline the subtlety and class of the outfit.

11. 5 words to describe your jewellery? 

Minimalism, simplicity, purity, geometry, calmness.

Rock It! Side Note Mini Drill Bit Ring

Thursday, 20 April 2017

The drill bit is an underrated piece of tool. Side Note use this everyday object to create a rather eye catching piece of wearable accessory that we otherwise wouldn't have glanced, at let alone twice. And most definitely not with such awe and intrigue. The Mini Drill Bit ring is small yet its power is often underestimated in terms of the damage it can inflict on the strongest of materials such as diamonds and steel. Side Note likened the drill bit to a human being; as it inches forward it creates a breakthrough. We are constantly jumping over hurdles and encountering barriers, but with each leap we become stronger and more determined. The drill bit symbolises the inevitability of life with its infinite twists and turns.

/Jewellery Crush/ Mokave BLACK CUBE bracelet

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Inspiration: Modernism, minimalism, stereoscopic,
Style: Simplicity, minimalist detail, sophisticated, everyday
Bracelet: Matt black finish brass cube bracelet

JewelStreet | Spotlight on Enji Studio Jewelry

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

When it comes to jewellery, there's nothing I revel in more than discovering new and up-and-coming independent jewellery designers online and what's more, an e-commerce website that grants you the freedom to reach designers of undeniable talents far and wide in all corners of the globe, opening up exciting possibilities for one of a kind, bespoke items. JewelStreet is one of the world's leading online jewellery website that immediately connects you to over 500 highly coveted jewellery designers and independent boutiques. Whether your taste and preference gear towards the traditional, contemporary, subtle, edgy or fine luxury, there is a diverse selection of jewellery designers on JewelStreet that will surely take you on a journey of endless discovery. What makes JewelStreet stand out from the crowd is the instantaneous connection between the audience and the jewellery designers where their unique stories, heritage and inspirations are given an equal platform as the jewellery they are proudly showcasing to the world's audience. 

One of the designers JewelStreet has unearthed and caught my immediate attention is San Diego-based jewellery designer Niki Grandics who founded Enji Studio in 2014. Niki uses jewellery as an outlet for her endless source of inspiration and her distinctive pieces are thoroughly modern, minimal and edgy that effortlessly complements the wearer's individual style. A huge emphasis is placed on the emotion and feeling of wearing jewellery, yet aesthetically the designs are casual enough to be worn on a day to day basis. Enji Studio aims to ensure that adorning their jewellery makes the wearer feel confidently beautiful as the piece become a part of the wearer's narrative. Enji Studio is an avid supporter of ethically-sourced materials where all the jewellery are sourced from Fairtrade or grown in a lab, following the increasing yet promising trend of using sustainable materials and ethical practices.

Some of my favourite pieces includes the exceptional Edged Cuff Bracelet created from a cold roller sterling silver ingot which is inspired by the stunning combination of old and new, modern and traditional. I admire the smooth, clean curvature of the minimalist cuff that is in stark contrast of the deliberately imperfect jagged edges, symbolising incompleteness and continuation of a visual story. Another favourite of mine is the daring Taper Ring made from recycled sterling silver. Bold yet minimal, the organic form is akin to something you discover at an archaeological site, a treasurable keepsake for many years to come. The Hold Pendant is truly a magnificent piece. Playing on contrast, the roughly cut, spectacular clear quartz is nestled in a geometrical strip and held in such a way it doesn't distract from the main centerpiece. I can't help but be mesmerised by the raw details of the stone, its natural cleave marks and tiny specks of inclusion. Finally, the trendy Linear Ombre Earrings just resonates with me in terms of my own style preference. Handmade from recycled sterling silver and hand patinated to create a striking ombre effect on a thin strip of wire, it is chic and subtle, an adornment I could wear everyday as it becomes a welcoming extension of the body. 

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