We have a winner!
Thank you to all those who took part in our Graduates in the Spotlight competition, from those who entered submissions, everyone who took the time to vote and our finalists, Sally-Anne Fenton and Jessica Nam. Here's the interview that we carried out with Elise Goldin earlier this week.
Designer Interview - Elise Goldin
What inspired you to become a jewellery designer?
From a young age I enjoyed doing anything creative. I grew up watching Art Attack, Smart Art and Blue Peter, always trying to recreate what they made on the shows!
Although I studied Art & Design at university, I wasn’t sure which speciality I was going to choose upon graduation.
I was encouraged to show a concept jewellery collection at New Designers 2012, which gained a fair amount of attention. I realised that I had side-lined what came naturally to me, and what I got pure enjoyment out of, which was designing and making jewellery.
What is your favourite piece of jewellery? (Either made or purchased)
Whenever I make a new piece for the Facet collection, I always say, “Ooh, this is my favourite”! But overall, I would have to say it would be a pair of engraved feather earrings I made for my mum’s birthday. They were the first things I made when I moved into Flux studios, so they have sentimental value. I get real enjoyment out of seeing my friends and family wearing my jewellery.
Which celebrity would you love to wear your jewellery and why?
Currently it’s Solange Knowles. She’s got a very unique and brave sense of style, that is cutting-edge and she never shies away from colour!
I can envisage my ‘Facet’ collection enhancing almost any of her outfit choices.
Out-with jewellery is there any other career that you would love to try?
If I hadn’t chosen jewellery as a path, I would have probably have gone down the route of Set-Design. I love the idea of creating a world from your imagination and turning it into a reality.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I will be releasing some Facet sub-collections; limited edition, couture, and adding new earthy colours for an autumn/winter collection.