Well, today's Feature Friday artist is a designer who evokes all those emotions in me every time I see her work! Their organic nature; their sense of whimsy and even the way they appear to grow and move right before your eyes is humbling - much like standing in a place of great historical significance can be. (Personally, I'm picturing the Sistine Chapel right now...)
And, I know that when you see the work of Hannah Bedford Jewellery, you are going to understand exactly what I am talking about!
|Hannah Bedford of Hannah Bedford Jewellery Designs|
1. What prompted your passion for jewelry and jewelry design?
I always knew I wanted a creative job. I love how designing jewelry not only allows me to be creative but also to create something with a purpose - something that becomes part of a persons life.
2. What is your favorite piece or collection?
I love the bespoke pieces and all of the work I create to commission. I have a particular soft spot for a rose cut diamond ring. It was a reworking of a clients mothers ring and the yellow, pear-shaped diamond is a very old antique. My client had seen her mother wear the ring since childhood. Using granulation processes, I remodeled the design into something new which my client loves to wear. Giving antique pieces a new life really pleases me.
3. What would your perfect “jewelry day” involve / be like?
My favourite day is making in the studio and particularly developing new pieces. Granulation is an ancient process and I love exploring new ways of using it to create different contemporary designs.
4. Thus far, what would you say is your proudest jewelry moment or memory?
It is hard to pick one – there have been awards and prestigious exhibitions but really what makes me most proud is the bespoke work – and in particular creating wedding and engagement rings which I know people are going to wear for the rest of their lives. I always feel honoured to be included in that process.
I’m always looking at different organic growth patterns and natural landscapes. I find inspiration in everything from the structure of seeds inside a flower, a cluster of barnacles on a rock or the movement of grains of sand in the sea. I also love seeking out unusual one off stones.
6. In your personal wardrobe, do you find that you gravitate to one particular jewelry accessory (rings vs. necklace vs. bracelets vs. watches, etc.) more often than others?
I have a passion for rings, they are the things I most love to make and wear. The fancy sapphire ring is my own and has a really unusual grey/pink sapphire.
I love mixing things up – mixed metals is part of my signature design style. The combination of old and new really appeals to me.
8. Layering seems to be a trend that is here to stay, for now. What are your feelings on the layered look? How do you like layered necklaces with layered bracelets plus layered rings?
I love stacking rings. I have some granulated bands and cluster rings in my Granulated Collection which are specifically created to be mixed and matched. It is always interesting to see how customers choose to combine and mix different designs.
I would advise jewellery designers to try and get as much experience working with other designers-makers as possible. You not only hone your craft - you can also make great contacts and glimpse the reality of life in a studio.
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