What inspired you to become a jewellery designer?
In fact, my first encounter with art was quite early. I finished elementary school in class of contrabass, then I played in a punk rock band on bass and at the same time began making leather belts and spiked wristbands for myself and my band-mates. I noticed that creating something more ‘tangible’ excited me more than playing and I started to become interested in usage of metal in designing jewellery. First it was silver, over time I started to use stainless steel and for some time now I have also been working in gold, palladium and platinum. However, my daily work is always accompanied by music, so I think it is my biggest inspiration.
What is your favourite piece of jewellery? (either made or purchased)
Definitely the bracelets - the ones which are made of a few metal straps. Probably because for a very long time I toiled at and racked my head how to form silver or steel tapes in a way that they would permanently retain their shape. I focused on constructing a piece of equipment for ‘restraining’ them, which took me a lot of time, but at the end it paid off. Also for practical reasons: the lack of fastenings makes the bracelets remarkably easy to use. I know from experience that sometimes ladies can’t manage by themselves even a trivial clasp (laughter), so I try to make life easier for them - not only in this one, but also in other collections, by using for example magnetic clasps. Maybe the ‘ease of use’ is the key to the success of this collection? Because even though I made it a long time ago, it still is very popular among customers in different countries.
Which celebrity would you love to wear your jewellery and why?
Immodest to say that there already are a few of such people for whom I made jewellery. Among them, Aleksander Kwasniewski (former Polish President), Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias. However, I would love to make some crazy design for Erykah Badu, who for me is the epitome of beauty and who likes funky jewellery. For the same reasons, I would be extremely happy if I could do something, maybe something even more crazy, for Grace Jones, who remains an icon of the ethnic cyber fashion, with which I partially identify my jewellery.
Out-with jewellery is there any other career that you would love to try?
I am also interested in industrial design, particularly in the field of lighting and furniture. At the moment this is my hobby, but I would like to seriously approach the subject and to cooperate with a company that has a modern machine park, which is essential in the implementation of my projects on a larger scale. I already have executed a few designs - several lamps (or LED lighting modules) and bar stools, complete with a fold-out bar, which I did for friends and in my house. Some people think that they are an enlarged form of the jewellery that I design.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
As mentioned, in the future I would like to expand into industrial design. For now, however, I'm working on my engagement and wedding collections, which in small part, I have a pleasure to show in your gallery.
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Well, as London Fashion Week arrives stealthily upon us once more, (it always seems to come around so quickly!) we decided to sashay on down to Somerset House to get a little peek of what’s in store over the coming seasons.
After circumnavigating the LFW catwalk tent and wading through a sea of carefully preened fashionistas, we collected our entry passes and headed for the Rock Vault.
The bubbles were obviously flowing freely as we were unable to find a champagne flute for love nor money, luckily we managed to convince the barman to dispense our tipple into a water glass which, judging by his reaction was against the rules but suited us just fine!
The Rock Vault made it’s debut in 2012 and has been going from strength to strength ever since. now entering it’s fourth season, it has become a solid ‘must see’ at LFW. Supported by the British Fashion Council and curated by Stephen Webster, the east corner of Somerset House is commandeered by ten of the newest and coolest UK jewellers showcasing their precious wares to London’s most fashionable.
Rock Vault 2014 certainly did not disappoint. The shortlisted exhibitors have been excellently selected this season. Each designers style was varying and individual, leaving them to shine on their own without being overshadowed by each other. The collections covered a broad spectrum, from the more organic, irregular creations of Imogen Belfield to the crisp, clean, minimalism of Sophie Bille Brahe’s modern take on pearls. Pearls, in fact, seem to have been given a new lease of life. With several of the designers using them in more contemporary and refreshing ways.
Needless to say, our attention was firmly drawn to more than a couple of the designers work. So, watch this space, you never know which of this seasons ‘Rock Vaulter’s’ may make an appearance in the Nude spotlight in the future. Excited? We know we are!
As some of you may have noticed, we are currently running an exciting new competition, where we are giving one lucky person the opportunity to win a bespoke engagement ring, designed and handcrafted especially for you. Click here for info.
For those of you thinking of entering our great competition, or for those considering commissioning a piece for a loved one or as a treat for yourself. We have put together a concise explanation of how the bespoke process works, just to give you a clearer idea of what to expect and how to get the most out of the experience
Selecting the Piece
The first step is to decide on the piece of jewellery. Having an idea of whether you would like a ring, necklace, earrings? etc. is a good place to start. Another thing to consider is if it is an entirely new piece or does it perhaps incorporate an old family ring of sentimental value? Family heirlooms often sit around gathering dust, when they could be converted into something more modern and wearable with a rework!
Selecting a Style
Everybody has their own preference of style when it comes to jewellery, as it’s a very personal thing. So deciding on something classic and delicate or bold and chunky is an important thing to be taken into consideration to be able to communicate your idea across to your jeweller.
Collecting images of things you like, can be a very helpful tool to give you and your designer a clearer vision.
Being Clear on Budget
The sky is the limit when it comes to precious metals and stones, so it is important to be decisive about how much is a realistic spend for you. The budget then decipher what materials and techniques can be drafted into the design and construction of the piece.
A Realistic Timescale for Completion
Rome wasn’t built in a day as they say, the same goes for precious jewels!
Sometimes things need to be sent to engravers, casters etc and it takes time to develop your dream creation. So, if you need something in a panic for the next day, it’s unlikely that it’s going to happen.
The simpler ideas can be quicker but be realistic if you have a special date you need it to be ready for. A little bit of organisation really helps, so get that ball rolling asap!
We hope this sheds a little bit of light on the situation for you. Pop in and see us or give us a call at Nude if you have an idea you would like to run by us. We’ll be waiting at our workbenches to make it a reality!
Below are some we made earlier: