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Frieda by Tatty D


Frieda Kahlo by Tatty Devine.

Funnily enough having lived in Bethnal Green for two years I never went up the part of Brick Lane where Tatty Devine have their store. It is a sweet little shop filled with jazzy treats. I really recommend you pop by – 236 Brick Lane, London, E2 7EB (and it’s just been reopened after a face lift – oo!)

Posted: April 21st, 2012
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Jewellery: Niza Huang

There’s something dark and beautiful about Niza Huang’s jewellery. Huang encases petroleum within textured gold or silver to add a layer of depth. The result is oddly reminiscent of antique lockets and yet wholeheartedly modern.

What and where did you study?
I did my Master degree in Metalwork & Jewellery design at Sheffield Hallam University. My first degree is in Industrial design, and I guess my jewellery works must get some influence from that too.

How did you come to design jewellery?
I adore the physical feel of jewellery. It tells a person’s personality, history, emotion and memories, and these elements make jewellery come alive. The process of making jewellery come to life by adding character and realizing an idea into a 3-D wearable sculpture attracts me deeply.

You are also an illustrator, how do you divide your time between jewellery and illustration?
Doing illustration is a kind of recollection of memory that allows me to discover something deep inside myself. It’s like a hobby and for my own memories. At the moment I am very focused on jewellery, so haven’t done illustration for a while. But in the future, I hope to find the balance and keep expressing in both ways, combining multi-media to create more interesting projects.

Tell me about your fascination with petroleum?
Petroleum is a very important resource for humanity and the Earth. Preserving petroleum inside jewellery allows this precious substance to pass from generation to generation. Also it makes jewellery more meaningful, powerful and treasured.

What’s the one piece of jewellery you never take off?
The body ring from my “ hello Puppet “ collection. This piece is meaningful to me. It’s connected to my past.

Where do you see the jewellery industry going?
People wear jewellery either for a fashion reason so that it matches their outfit, or for a sentimental reason that represents a memory or presents their character. In order to grow in the competitive jewellery industry, I think the piece must contain both elements.

Niza Huang jewellery starts at £200 and goes up to £395, available online here.

Jewellery: Hattie Rickards

Last week I styled a film for ethical fashion event The Good Fashion Show (shot by the wonderful Claire Pepper). In prep for the event I discovered a whole host of brands that in no way correlate to the stereotypes of eco-fashion (hemp cardies and Miss Trunchbull boots) but instead champion avant-garde designs and ethical business practices. One of the brands that knocked me for six was Hattie Rickards, whose stunning rings we shot (and cooed over). I decided to follow up on the shoot with a Q&A with the designer herself:

When did you start your brand?
Hattie Rickards Jewellery launched in June 2010.

How did you get into jewellery?
I’ve always loved jewellery but it wasn’t until my foundation course at Wimbledon Art College in 2002 and a BA Jewellery Design and Making degree at Central Saint Martins in London that I decided to make a career in the industry.

(Ed: What I love about this ‘Rubix’ ring is that the three sections twist so you can wear the colours in any combination.)

How did you come to be involved with Made?
It was the fairtrade aspect of HRJ that brought Made to me and a friendship was quickly formed. After Made saw my designs, they immediately invited me out to Kenya to work on my inaugural collection. My second range for Made is called Kaleidoscopic and is due to launch April 2012. Rebeka Bliffen, General Manager of Made says “the moment we saw Hattie’s designs we knew we’d found a designer who would develop a collection unlike anything we’d seen before. Hattie oozes talent and it was an honour to launch her first collection.”

What do you do to ensure your brand is ethical?
It is important to myself and my brand that the materials used are as ethically and environmentally sound as possible. This isn’t always very easy in the jewellery industry. It took a lot of research to find my source of gold initially, but even in the short space of time since then, the Fairtrade and Fairmined gold certification has been launched with a great success. For my collections I now only use gold sourced from a particular mine in Columbia that has full traceability. I feel incredibly proud to be one of the first 20 companies to be registered Fairtrade and Fairmined Liscensee in the UK. I believe it is the responsibility of both the designer and the customer to demand greater ethical visibility and responsibility from our suppliers – only that way can we help to shift the industry.

What is beauty to you?
Being outside amongst nature and watching light touch different surfaces.

What’s the one piece of jewellery you never take off?
My ‘Sibling’ earrings (below) from the recently launched ‘GEO’ collection which I don’t even take off to shower or sleep.

What’s next for your brand?
I have lots of new designs which I am bursting to get produced! Many exciting collaborations, shoots and commissions as always. Turquoise Mountain have commissioned me to go out to their workshops in Kabul, Afghanistan this Autumn to design a collection of jewellery which shall be distributed worldwide. This month we launch a new piece over London Fashion Week which is super exciting so look out for it!

Revealed is stocked at Dover Street Market & Quintessentially
GEO is stocked at Quintessentially

Prices start £850.00 and go up to £9,600.00

Jewellery – Holly Wilcox

Holly Wilcox‘s jewellery really reminds me of both the sea and forest. The intricate detailing and seemingly whipped shapes are both fragile and striking. Holly gave me an insight into her beautiful works..

How did you get started in jewellery?

I’ve always enjoyed making things, but I realised my love for jewellery design at an afternoon workshop when I was 15. I made a ring from sterling silver (which I still have today!) and was hooked from the moment the solder ran…There’s nothing more satisfying than manipulating a piece of solid metal into a different form!

Your pieces remind me of the sea and woodland berries – are you interested in nature?

Yes – growing up in a costal village has given me a real interest in nature. I love photographing and drawing all the ihe interesting little details in plants, and picking up smoothed seaglass and stones from the beach. What I find most interesting about nature is the life cycle everything goes through, from teeny tiny buds starting to flower to the crinkled leaves falling from trees. Even the view of the countryside from my window back home is inspiring.

What else inspires you?

So many things! My everyday surroundings, whether it’s an interesting leaf found on the ground, to discovering a jeweller with gorgeous work I’ve never seen before. Meeting other artists and designers and hearing them talk passionately about their own work is inspiring too.

Which jewellers do you admire?

I absolutely love Ruth Tomlinson’s intricate work – my favourites are in her ‘Flora’ collection. The use of porcelain next to precious metal creates pieces so delicate and beautiful. I also admire Ruth Wood and love the organic qualities of her jewellery.

What’s the one piece of jewellery you never take off?

I constantly wear a little delicate gold ring, which was actually a bit of an experiement but turned out beautifullly and may well lead to the next collection…and I’m also currently enjoying wearing one of my own ‘Cluster’ bangles. I tend to go through phases with my favourite piece of the moment and wear it all the time till I change my mind to the next one!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

I would love nothing more than to still be designing and making jewellery and perhaps be running my own gallery filled with beautiful objects…watch this space!

Posted: December 1st, 2011
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Jewellery – Jane Gowans

Jane Gowans makes the kind of jewellery that doesn’t shout, but subtly seduces with its feminine architecture. I spoke to the Scottish-based emerging jeweller about her works.

Your Hands collection is really funny – how did you develop this collection?

This was my degree show work which was created in 2009. I was hugely inspired by European art jewellery and was keen to experiment with non-precious materials.

The concept developed from my fascination of people. I had observed that on the tube in London people would stand so close to one another that they would be touching and yet would never offer any verbal communication. I suppose these pieces highlight these contradictory behaviour and highlight the emotional aspects of touch, both positive and negative.

The Matchsticks collection is completely different to Hands – the pieces are delicate and often graphic – how did you get from Hands to Matchsticks?

These pieces were developed as part of a residency in 2010. I began again with non-precious materials including wood and enamel paint to create sculptural objects. These developed naturally into wearable precious metal accessories which I refined to create my current range.

What are your 2011 limited edition rings made of?

They are made from silver. Some are gold plated or oxidised and have  aselection of semi-precious stones including peridots, amethysts, citrines and topaz.

What made you decide to produce prints alongside the limited edition collection?

The prints are of my hand drawn designs. These originally inspired the collection. I am always keen to cross disciplines and utilise other skills that I have developed as a creative person.

They seem quite tower-like – what inspired you to pile the gem stone high like that?

I was inspired by my drawings – I wasn’t sure if it was possible but the unsual setting acted like stilts and meant I could position the stones of the rocky surface of the Bessie ring.

What’s next for you?

I am excited to release my new collection in February 2012 which will offer more precious metal luxury. With inspiration taken from unusual geology and the mystery of rock pools expect more stones and a collection of minimal but striking must-have pieces.

Posted: October 31st, 2011
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