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  1. Designer Interview for NUDE by Annamarie Sabo for La Corza Jewelry

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    La Corza Designer Jewellery
     What inspired you to become a jewellery designer?
    A combination of factors brought me to designing jewellery. Probably the biggest was experiencing the loss of my prior business and home to a devastating fire. I literally had to start over again, and with that question what I most wanted to accomplish, and what would be most satisfying to me and my spirit. Having already been a top jewellery salesperson for a major retailer in the U.S., I knew what people were looking for, so that was in my favor.
     La Corza Designer Jewellery
     What is your favourite piece of jewellery?
    The iconic cactus cuff launched the brand with it’s unique organic yet refined open weave pattern. It was two years in the creation stage and well worth the wait.
    La Corza gold hoop earrings
    Which celebrity would you love to wear your jewellery and why?
    I design for both women and men, and that is one of La Corza's strengths, I think. I love seeing my designs on people from people who look different from one another but share something within, a certain strength and certainty. I'm thrilled that my pieces look as stunning on Conchita Wurst as they do on an NFL football player or someone as iconic as Alicia Keys or Alexa Chung. I design for individuals who want to stand out.
     
    Out­with jewellery is there any other career that you would love to try?
    I've been lucky to have several dream jobs during my life, including producing videos and major events in Seattle. Since I often refer to my home as an urban farm, and when I have time to fully cultivate the land around my home I could easily produce everything from organic greens to duck eggs as a small farm. So perhaps I would say urban farmer?
     
    What can we expect to see from you in the future?
    La Corza has been growing so steadily, but I can never keep up with the sketches that come to mind when I have time to plan out new collections. I would love to develop new lines for men and women that build on our model of organic, timeless beauty. We've been asked to work on some exciting new custom pieces, and I would love to offer my clients more opportunities to personalize their own pieces and make them truly bespoke. I may have to clone myself to do it, though!

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  2. Graduates In The Spotlight - Finalist Interview with Hazel Rose

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    What inspired you to become a jewellery designer?

     
    I did not start my creative life with the ambition of becoming a jeweller. My starting point was textiles for fashion which I loved, but I wanted to work with more 3 dimensional forms and different materials in relation to the body. Studying jewellery was the perfect solution and I have not looked back since!
    triagon ear - hazel

    What is your favourite piece of jewellery? (either made or purchased)

    My ‘Straightened Necklace’ – a striking and elegant piece with the perfect hidden fixing. Easy to wear – wonderful with a suit or evening dress, and great when dressed down with a T-shirt and jeans.
    gold spinning hazel

    Which celebrity would you love to wear your jewellery and why?

    Tilda Swinton – she has a very distinct androgenous beauty and style; a woman who does not follow the crowd – her acting career spans all forms of media including art. Not only would she wear my work beautifully, but she also embodies the type of women who wear my work – confident with their own sense of style.
    hazel 2

    Out-with jewellery is there any other career that you would love to try?

    Perhaps architecture – much of my work is influenced by the Modernists. I like the idea of creating structures that are habitable rather than just wearable. Perhaps even incorporating leather!
    hazel rose

    What can we expect to see from you in the future?

    I am currently working on prototypes for my new collection – so watch this space for some new statement pieces as well as sculptural necklaces, earrings and bracelets. These are inspired by ‘On Line’ a great show I saw at MOMA 2 years ago and the result of lots and lots of experimentation.
     
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  3. Graduates In The Spotlight - Finalist Interview with Ruth Conway

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    What inspired you to become a jewellery designer?

    I’ve always been interested in design and developing products that can be used in everyday life. It was whilst I was in college that I discovered jewellery as a way of expressing this. After it was introduced to me as a way of translating my ideas I knew that jewellery was something I wanted to focus my attention on and develop further.
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    What is your favourite piece of jewellery? (either made or purchased)

     The favourite piece I have made is my triangle necklace from my ‘Threads’ collection. For me, this was a key piece in pushing me to new levels of understanding the use of my components and how they interact with each other to create new shapes and forms. It was a challenging piece to develop and make, however I think it was an integral piece in helping me understand my process and final collection. The extravagance of the piece also makes it stand out and when presenting my collection it tends to be the most popular with my audience. It is not just the piece on its own but also the photography of the piece that I love with my model Fran; the imagery captures perfectly the essence of my collection and the relaxed and up lifting feeling I wanted to evoke through my work.
    triangle necklace

    Which celebrity would you love to wear your jewellery and why?

    I have always thought that my work attracts a strong women, bold in her choice of accessories. If I was to chose a celebrity, I would like to see my pieces exhibited on a positive influential women within the fashion industry such as Alek Wek.
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    Out-with jewellery is there any other career that you would love to try?

    I’m very happy currently working with jewellery - however, I am always interested in exploring new disciplines with in the design industry. Textile design is something that I have always been interested in and is something that I explore within my own work. This interest is something that I think would have continued to come through in my work which ever path I chose.
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    What can we expect to see from you in the future?

    In the future I plan to develop my ‘Threads’ collection further; exploring new materials as ways of interpreting the forms I create but also translating my love for patterns at the same time in new and interesting ways. I will continue to work on projects with the collective I am in CONT/NUED, providing my own unique point of view and approach to the discipline of jewellery combined with the other members.

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