Tigers are beautiful creatures! They have inspired our latest spring-summer collection with Ada, as well as the impressive uniforms and accessories of the British Indian army of the early 20th century. Following these inspirations, this collection became warmer coloured and softer than the previous ones and features new elements like medals, pins and panjas.
These pieces are made of cherry wood painted with eco friendly paints, having brass details with off cut leather and silk from Ada’s studio.
My biggest work so far has been my degree collection which is quite obvious, as I just graduated a year ago. I built a whole working chandelier with two functions, all the elements – except the frame – were wearable on the body. The upper part of the chandelier worked as a dress and I had to figure out a relatively flexible material that is able to follow women’s curves, but still rigid enough to hold itself as a hanging light. To achieve these, I joined many perspex rhombus shapes with leather strings and aluminium crimps.
That time I cut extras of all the rhombus sizes as it was hard to estimate how many I would need in the end. Anyway, I had ended up with a box of leftover rhombus shapes and I turned them into 5 necklaces and a bag. For the necklaces I added some mirror details and black zirconias, for the bag I sewed a dotted leather base with zips.
I’m just waiting for the delivery person who will pick up a box from me full of jewellery and taking it to Galway, Ireland. Ethical boutique, Sirona ordered a nice selection from the Simia Mineralis collection.
I took some workshop photos earlier of different working phases, like sorting out the elements for the big round pendants…
…or treating the metal bits with a special liquid that protects them from oxidation…
…and finally of the finished pieces before packaging.
I hope they will arrive safely and Irish ladies will enjoy wearing them!
We made 26 pairs of earrings from the latest main collection, Simia Mineralis. The earrings were made of walnut and walnut laminate, all offcuts from Unto This Last furniture studio and left over leather bits from Ada’s studio. One earring weights only 3.5g and they got gold filled studs, easy to wear them even with sensitive ears.
Incredibly fagille laminate parts were being cut and etched by laser…
Some of my pieces were taken for a gold and silver themed fashion shoot for Marylebone Life Magazine. I exhibited these jewellery and the rhombus dress earlier in Munich.
Now you can see them at pages 30, 31 and 34! The photos were taken by Lottie Anderson and styled by Rachel Gold. I took some close ups of the same jewellery.
The golden bracelet and ring made of gold plated brass and mirror perspex, I also used offcut leather for the wrist band and studs. The idea for these pieces was placing little half shapes on a mirror so the full design is realised only in the reflection.
I made silver plated versions as well, like square earrings and ring. They completed my rhombus dress from Chandelier Collection pretty well.
I had lots of extra rhombus shapes left after finishing my degree collection. I’ve started to use them for neck pieces. There are also bits left for a bag, which is work in progress at the moment.
This post looks back in time a little bit to when I made two very basic and easy to wear necklaces for Ada Zanditon’s AW12/13 pre-collection.
I kept a few of the elements from the previous SS12 jewellery, like beech wood, leather and black and white paint, but then we had already decided to change the metal details from copper to brass for the following main collection, so I added brass findings to these new pendants. Both were made with adjustable chains.
For these jewellery I used off cut wood and leather bits and eco friendly paint.