Multiple sources mention Art Deco as an inspiration or reference in your designs.
Personally, I do not use the term in relation to my jewellery, but the 1920s and the 1930s with their intricate patterns and ornaments in both architecture and textiles are very inspiring.
The time and the spirit.
And the lines. With Art Noveau, which came right before, everything was very curly, you could say, and then we enter this new time, and things become sharper.
So the general aesthetics of the time?
Yes, and patterns and shapes that repeat themselves. It’s very fascinating. I’m especially inspired by this French Jewish artist, Sonia Delauney, who was part of the group of women described as avant-gardists. She was a rebellious textile weaver, and she was wonderful. She had this knack for creating repetitions of archetypal figures. It’s not that I want to create textile as jewellery, but the lines!
Now that you touch upon it; aesthetics in general seems important to you; in art, textiles, interior…
I live and breathe it. It might be due to my attention to detail; I notice compositions, shapes… It is not easy to explain; it is just the way it is.
What’s been most influential to your work?
Once, I had the pleasure of working with antique jewellery; we restored old classics; from Cartier to Bulgari pieces. It not only influenced me, it also tells a story of pointing to the past; if anything, Cartier is the 1930s. It was a huge deal to me working with these antiques. Danborg [now defunct, red.] was an antique store selling only antique jewellery. I have the utmost respect for pieces where composition, craftsmanship and aesthetics work to create unity. That idea has undoubtedly had the most impact in my way of working today.
That was before opening your store?
I had just finished my apprenticeship and I worked there for a year before starting my own shop.
Was it important to you to start on your own?
I am not sure I would use the word important, but I felt like I had to. You cannot nurture your own expression and style working for someone else. And to be able to create a comprehensive universe around it not only elevates it; it tells a story.
Storytelling. That’s what jewellery can do; from the inherent story in the piece itself to the symbolism attributed by the wearer.
Precisely. I believe in credibility. It should be a product made for a reason, something that can last forever. There’s longevity to it. To me, the story attributed to it by the individual wearing it is absolutely wonderful. I don’t have any shares in that story, and yet it holds so many layers. Personally, I will be inspired by something I’ve seen or experienced, something extraordinary or beautiful, which will be reflected in my jewellery, and be part of my storytelling.