What inspired you to become a jewellery designer?
I always had an artistic personality. In Lithuania I graduated from the art school and always knew that I will be involved in some kind of art form in the future. When time had come to choose universities I decided to study Textile Design in my home country, but felt really disappointed with the course.
So I started to look for an opportunity to study in England and found Middlesex University offering a Jewellery and Accessories programme with a very contemporary approach and ability to experiment with shapes, materials and textures, which was exactly what I wanted. What I like about jewellery the most is that it is an art form closely related to a wearer. I really get inspired by knowing that what I create will be worn by someone everyday, loved and treasured.
What is your favourite piece of jewellery? (either made or purchased)
I think one of my favorite pieces of jewellery is a necklace I made from my Graduate Collection (2013). It was inspired by octopus tentacles and made of silicone using my own developed technique during the studies. The material feels very nice on the skin when worn and it also represents the softness and texture of the tentacles just perfectly. The necklace looks very original and stylish, so every time I wear it, I get a lot of compliments.
Which celebrity would you love to wear your jewellery and why?
Bjork and Daphne Guinness, because they both are crazy and I love crazy women.
Out-with jewellery is there any other career that you would love to try?
If I wasn’t a jeweller, I would probably be an illustrator or painter. I love drawing and painting, and would love to spend more time doing these two activities everyday.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
Soon I will launch my new silicone collection inspired by squid tentacles and in near future I hope to make more show pieces collaborating with fashion designers.
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