How did you get into designing jewellery?
I have been in touch with crafting jewellery since 2009 but did not have enough courage to call myself a jewellery designer. After some years of exploration, many failures and professional experience in the fashion industry, I am now here following my heart’s call. This project started as a rebound effect to my studying and deadlines stress. As an Industrial Designer, my passion is to create things. Jewellery became my therapy. Now that the project is going beyond the four walls of my room, I aim to create unique jewellery full of personality. I love experimenting with different materials and making harmonic yet bold compositions that I hope will reach people’s hearts.
What materials do you like to work with?
This collection’s main materials are resin, wood and stones. However, the main idea is to never stop searching for different materials and techniques so I will not have only one material defying me, but an innovation in jewellery that doesn’t use the traditional materials.
How would you describe your style?
I try to design unique jewellery that can’t be so easily categorised. I believe I have indeed achieved this as my style has not yet been defined. Luckily, I am still experimenting, making mistakes and working towards a personal unique style. When I achieve this, it will be undeniable that it’s me. Right now my style is contradictory as I am: geometric yet kitschy, trendy yet intrepid. I want to create a brand that women will love because it will act like therapy, making them feel cool, free, special and pretty. The challenge is to be able to design for many women, not only for the ones that dare to wear bold and crazy accessories.
What has inspired this style?
A little bit of everything. I am a very curious person; I get inspiration from everywhere and everyone. I love working with materials and trying things out, arriving to results I would have never thought of. Most of the times form follows materiality.
When and why did you move to Berlin?
I moved to Berlin seven months ago to finish my masters degree. I completed the degree in Integrated Design at Fachbereich Design Dessau. The Department of Design in Dessau is an established and progressive educational model, reflecting the historical values of the Bauhaus.
What about the city appeals to you as artist?
I love Berlin. I think it is a city with no judgment and full of passion, and a lot of young artists and designers transform the city in their own way. I see it as a city that changes and develops in time with the passionate people who live here.
How would you describe your collection in 80 characters?
The Necklace Therapy collection is unique handmade jewelry full of attitude and personality.
What advice would you give to another independent designer?
Mmmm… It would be something really cliché like: Keep creative, keep productive. Don’t worry about what others think. Follow your heart and enjoy the road, regardless of the results. (At least I say this to myself very often!)
What is the next step career-wise for you?
I will try as hard as possible to be able to establish my own jewellery brand. I do have a lot to learn as I am not a business-minded person, but I am ready for the challenge.
Chocolate or vanilla ice-cream? I’m an ice-cream fan, so the choice will always be ICE CREAM!
London or Paris? Paris
Wine or beer? Wine
Train or plane? Train
Sunrise or sunset? Sunset
Color or monochrome? Color
By Emily D’Silva