After being wowed by the latest collection at LFW, we paid a visit to her Dalston studio space to catch up with Pärla's favourite hoop earring designer...
Interview and Photos by Isabel Ulatowski
You’ve expressed an interest in the connection between jewellery and the body, where does that come from?
I am very inspired by contemporary dance and movement. For my degree show, I was exploring that connection by making huge theatrical pieces that would frame the body. From there, I think I refined it down to using jewellery as that frame to capture unusual angles. It naturally goes very well with my process.
Can you describe your creative process?
I am quite traditional in my process, I begin with pen and paper and design it all by hand. I don't use computers at all. Normally I have a bit of a concept to begin with, an impression of where I want it to go, but the rest of it evolves through making. I will sit on my bench, with my materials and literally just start making. That is the advantage of making jewellery by hand, you can just get into it straight away.
What was one of your favourite projects?
I made a bespoke crown for Banks when she was doing her tour in the UK. It was really fun, she wanted to keep it! And then my last collection was a collaboration with @pavanelondon, and I made these massive earrings. There were no boundaries with scale, so that was really exciting!
Do you prefer the more editorial pieces?
Well I enjoy making jewellery for different reasons, but I am definitely more excited by the big ones. My dream is to work on a really big scale. If I could do all big earrings, that would be ideal. That is actually kind of what I have been starting to do anyway, so yes, more editorial. It’s nice to see how those pieces work out in the end.
What can we look forward to in your next collection?
In the collection that just showed at London Fashion Week, I decided to focus on earrings. It is the area of the body that inspires me the most, the neck area. The collection comes out in February. The pieces play with scale and are all linked to the hoop earring. I’m trying to reinvent that style.
Are you influenced by any designers in fashion?
Yes, Jacquemus is one of my absolute favourite designers. I love his bold, oversized, and very graphic pieces. I also love the cuts of his work. Otherwise, I am always inspired by the old classics like Issey Miyake.
And you recently designed an exclusive piece for Pärla, how was that?
I really loved doing that, because it was the first thing I had done in rose gold. It was really my debut in Pärla Pink!
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