What inspired you to become a jewellery designer?
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Art has always been a big part of my life. For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed drawing and painting, even as a child, I was aware that I would become an artist in the future. My aspirations came true at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk 2010, when I graduated in an MA Industrial Design course with the master thesis in jewellery. I’ve chosen jewellery as my main interest, because for me it is the combination of all the art disciplines (i.e. painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design), but in a small scale.
In 2011 I left my native country Poland and moved to Birmingham in the UK to improve my skills in crafting jewellery. I did a HND Jewellery & Silversmithing course at The School of Jewellery in Birmingham to learn more traditional jewellery making techniques, where I am now an Artist in Residence and visiting lecturer.
What is your favourite piece of jewellery? (either made or purchased)
I’ve found that customers really like my “Looking into London” Ring, which has been featured in a Jewelspan Wow-Factor Competition as a first prize winner. This piece is one of my favourites as well and it’s not only because I love London. A ring tells the viewer a story about the incredible city, where all the hand carved details are inspired by London’s architecture. The reflections of the landmarks appear on the silver disc in the middle, like in the River Thames which flows through the centre of London. I enjoy the moment of surprise and admiration when a customer looks inside a piece and can see his reflection. This represents being inside a city surrounded by all the greatest monuments.
Which celebrity would you love to wear your jewellery and why?
I feel that designing and making jewellery is an act of creation. My works aims to exist as a small sculpture and becomes a piece of art. That’s why I’ve found that people with creative minds like my jewellery more. It would be a real honour to see architects such as Zaha Hadid and Kazuyo Sejima or an artist like Ester Roi wearing my jewellery. I fully admire their taste, talent and creativity.
Out-with jewellery is there any other career that you would love to try?
I worked as a make-up artist for a couple of years. It gave me a lot of satisfaction and I hope to get back to this profession in future. It’s a very creative and aesthetic craft, where attention to detail and understanding of colour are essential. I would love to do more fashion make-up, so I have more freedom as a creator.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
Carving + enamelling = sculpture + painting = jewellery
These are my plans for the nearest future. I would like to draw more and explore enamelling techniques to find new outcomes.