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/Jewellery Crush/ José Marin Anodised Titanium ring

Sunday 3 December 2017

Inspiration: Renaissance, nature, architecture, reinvention
Style: Modernity, vibrant, harmonious, abstract 
Ring: Anodised titanium and oxidised silver ring

/In His Words/ Karl Fritsch A Ring can be a Weapon

Thursday 23 November 2017

“What I find really fascinating, and one of the reasons why it’s so interesting to make jewellery, is the moment of recognition when something that comes across cute and pretty has on second glimpse an almost obscene grotesqueness.

“Of course the ring wants to be beautiful. The technique also wants to be beautiful, and most often it’s the idea that wants to be the most beautiful. But sometimes a ring likes nothing better than to sit in the mud and not give a damn about how it looks. If it’s exactly what it wants to be in a given moment, it is precise, perfect and the most beautiful”.

- Karl Fritsch

Equilibrium | In Conversation With Emma Ware

Monday 30 October 2017

 "We wear jewellery to be seen, to be heard, to be felt, as an extension of ourselves, letting the world know who we are."

- Emma Ware 

Borne out of a desire to celebrate the human spirit, Emma Ware's visual artistry and individualistic approach to the concept of jewellery undoubtedly set her apart from her peers. The accustomed idea that jewellery is to be merely worn for an aesthetic purpose is forever void, and instead, adorning jewellery is the ignition of your senses, how it feels as it curves and angles around the human form, and thus becoming an intimate playground for textures, geometry and patterns as they emphasise, highlight and trace your very being.

Emma's new collection Equilibrium is a seamless continuation of the visual recording of her previous collections' narratives. With an emphasis on linear materials such as dark leather straps and delicate silver wire, each piece play off with one another in the form of poetic dance and spirited energy. The straps and chains traces, and not restraint, the body's contours and its most intimate parts, empowering the essence of self and finding an equilibrium between the masculine and feminine. 

I interviewed Emma about her inspirations, her art-focused creations and the idea behind her new collection.

What inspired you to become a jewellery designer? 

It’s something I always wanted to do and it felt like the right time. I was working as a camera technician and years worth of long hours and no creative outlet took its toll. I moved into a warehouse in East London and burst into a new life of fun, freedom and creativity. I had studied Fine Art and grew up in a family of artists so that mindset was the norm for me. I see jewellery as an art form, it can be anything you want. It’s brought to life by the wearer who has a unique relationship with it. It’s expression, communication, and unlike seeing a piece of art hanging on a gallery wall you can appreciate it from a unique perspective.

Your jewellery is described as unconventional and art-focused. Tell me more about the concept/theme of your jewellery? 

I don’t start with the idea of making a necklace or ring, instead I play with a material, apply a process to it, see what happens then see how it responds to a human form. This way designs happen that I could never imagine initially. The more limiting a material seems, the more creative you have to be, really pushing its potential. The body is the star, I want my designs to celebrate, reflect, flatter and also empower the wearer.

The use of leather is central to your brand, what is it that draws you to a material seldom used by other jewellery designers? 

I realise I don't see much point in doing what has been done before. I started making jewellery from bicycle inner tubes. This was inspired by an ongoing search for ‘waste’ materials to re-purpose and realising that the rubber looked like leather but was lighter and softer and in plentiful supply. After feeling like I had done as much as I could with the rubber, leather being more rigid and colourful gave me new design options and took me on another route. I love that it’s biodegradable, can be made without chemicals and gets more beautiful as it is worn. These are big materials, I love bold structural pieces that have associations, maybe they look like organic forms or like some sort of strange artefact.

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

I’m inspired by people creating, other peoples thought processes, determination and achievements are fascinating. And feeling like you’re in a hub of creativity, a part of something, is massively motivating. My studio is in London’s Hackney Wick in a converted warehouse with gallery and café and studios overlooking the Olympic stadium, we’re all working on our own things but aren’t alone, I’m very lucky! I find other cultures inspiring too, we wear jewellery and adorn ourselves but in different ways and for different reasons.

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

I’m in a room shared between three overlooking the river Lea in a warehouse with 35 creatives. We all know and support each other and have the backdrop of Hackney Wick which apparently is (or was) Europe’s most concentrated area of Artists. Everyone here is so sad that it’s all being demolished and turned into flats no-one can afford. It's a very special community, maybe because it’s temporary. The whole area opens it's doors to the public in the last weekend of July for Hackney Wicked, hopefully it be happening next year too.

Tell us about your new collection
 Equilibrium. How is it different from your previous collections? 

Each collection tends to be an exploration into a process or material. Equilibrium plays with lines that form structures. I love the idea of lines playing over the body and how it feels to be adorned in this way. There’s also an element of humour in an ear circled by silver. I don't take myself too seriously and I like to think my customers feel fun and excitement and freedom in wearing my pieces.

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

Creating needs energy… once I get started its hard to stop adding to a collection, so I have to remind myself where I ended last time and get that momentum/flow back. I then add to that the new ideas that have popped up and choose a direction and a feel for the collection, And think about what has been popular and why, and then start playing with the material and see what happens. You have to enjoy it and be genuine otherwise I think it shows in the final pieces. It’s also tricky because it doesn't feel like work, just like having fun/wasting time! The technical part is difficult as the designs need to sit or hang right and fit a range of sizes, not break, and be comfortable. Some pieces are a challenge but those are often the best or most interesting ones.

Ideally I would be designing a lot more, it's the magical part of the process, but in reality I’m making and doing admin and marketing.

Do you have your favourite piece? Which design do you wear most often?

I wear rings, earrings and hand pieces most. It used to be the Contra Mohican and Wing earrings but my favourites change as I go and at the moment I’m loving my Fulcrum and Almost rings and the Linear hand piece. I love wearing things a bit unconventionally, ie a single earring or thumb ring and it has to be a statement piece, so the bigger the better!

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

Ooh Bjork is up there although I'd need to make something extra special for her. She’s an artist and pioneer in so many ways and it would be a collaboration. Also Frida Kahlo for the same reasons and for her strength and passion.

Is there a brand you would love to collaborate with?

Yes although I can't pick one right now!

Describe the person wearing your collection.

 She’s a successful, independent creative. Passionate, aware and inquisitive. Enjoying life not afraid to be herself.

I love meeting my clients!

5 words to describe your jewellery. 

Conscious, elegant, unconventional, spirited, unique.

/In Her Words/ Catalina Brenes Abstracción Ring

Friday 20 October 2017

"Nature is our constant reminder of now, of today.
Growth, death and rebirth.
It’s always contemporary.
I’m obsessed by the essentiality in nature; I aim to create shapes that stand by themselves.
Purity and balance.
The fluid completeness of nature is my north. Like the environment that stimulates me, I seek to evoke timelessness."

/Jewellery Crush/ Susan Snyder Intersection Diamond Ring

Friday 6 October 2017

Inspiration: Architecture, modern architecture, art, geometry
Style: Sleek simplicity, bold lines, elegant minimalism, sculptural beauty
Ring: Brushed matte sterling silver with diamonds ring


Slaves to Jewellery | Akiko Kurihara

Wednesday 20 September 2017

 By applying humour and wit, Akiko Kurihara uses everyday items; the unconsciously forgotten and taken for granted, to connect with people adorning her pieces, creating an intimate link between the artist and the wearer. 

What is so fascinating about Akiko's body of work stems from seeing everyday objects as something particularly intriguing and of importance, for example, a safety pin, sink plug and spoon, asking inquisitive questions such as 'is a safety pin really safe?', or delving into the consumer mistrust within the jewellery industry by using one piece of genuine high quality Akoya pearl in a strand of imitation pearls. 

I marveled at the way where she attached a cigarette made of silver onto a long disc-shaped black chain, when worn it seems innocuous, quirky even, but when laid on a flat surface the shape of the chain is transformed into a cigarette smoke. 

Akiko's work force us to question, ponder, hesitate and think analytically, aiming to challenge herself as well as her audience to explore the possibility of jewellery being above and beyond its given identity and function, and to uncover what we consistently believed to be mundane and forgettable is actually an eye opener to our universal train of thoughts. I mean, who would compare the ball chain typically used in jewellery to a chain attached to the plug in the bathroom sink? Only Akiko.

/Jewellery Crush/ ILda Design Square In The Eye Ring

Wednesday 13 September 2017

Inspiration: Symbolism, step outside of comfort zone, shapes
Style: Contemporary, geometric, simplicity
Ring: Oxidised sterling silver square ring

Rock It! Conor Joseph Oricula Ear Piece

Wednesday 23 August 2017

 Dark and obscure, Second Skin is a raw collection laid bare. Paying homage to the human body, it reveres the often-uncelebrated imperfections of the ultra delicate skin such as wrinkles, freckles and scars, provoking feelings of intimacy and exposure. In a society where we strive for unrealistic and unattainable goal of perfection, it is now a norm to camouflage so-called 'flaws' with strategically placed clothing, contouring makeup, identikit cosmetic surgery and, in the social media era, photoshop and filter apps. 

One of my favourite pieces from Second Skin is the Oricula earplug which fits perfectly inside the inner ear as well as the outer ear, like a second protective shell. It is an aesthetically sleek and unique ear piece that creates a sense of comfort between the wearer and the jewellery, symbolically blocking out criticism, judgement and unwanted opinion on our appearances, where we can finally be comfortable in our own skin and embrace our individuality and imperfections, if only temporarily.

Rock It! Conservation Of Matter X Ring

Wednesday 26 July 2017

 With a creative background in theatre and dance, Conservation of Matter's founder Kyla Katz delivers drama and movement to the pieces she creates, finding beauty in the stark language of geometry that is otherwise viewed as industrial and raw. Here she pushes boundaries in jewellery design to create a look of boldness that defies tradition. Approaching jewellery as an art form, each piece created acts as a miniature sculpture and as art adornment, designed to initiate an intimate conversation with the body. What is so particularly unique about Conservation of Matter is one would immediately assume that the collection is brainstormed and pre-planned meticulously until the desired outcome is achieved, however she actually produce on an improvisational basis; the design emerges during the making process as the lines, angles and textures slowly reveal itself. She values a sense of discovery and the unexpected surprise element of jewellery, and we all echo the same vein of thoughts.

/Jewellery Crush/ Solomeina Dark Ballet Ring

Monday 17 July 2017

Inspiration: Art, sculpture, modern constructivist
Style: Edgy, contemporary, elegant
Ring: Rhodium plated sterling silver ring with black South Sea pearl 

/In Her Words/ Angela Ciobanu Scratch Beauty Ring

Monday 10 July 2017

"My interest in contemporary jewelry appeared as a natural change of scale that I initially had the chance to experience in the larger, dimensionally speaking, context of architecture. 

Therefore, I started making jewelry applying the same creative process I used to refer to in architecture, but my work has slowly moved from geometrical patterns and mathematical algorithms, deeply imprinted on my mind, to a more experimental approach. 

My jewelry mirrors my fascination with imperfections, with surprising details placed in apparently conventional shapes and I never cease searching for a certain unexpected strength that lies in fragility and lightness.

“It is the imperfection in things that surprises and attracts our perception. Our imperfect and asymmetrical construction will endlessly filter beauty through senses which unconsciously search for scratches in perfection."

- Angela Ciobanu

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