ISLAND OF WONDER
“Without an audience, without the presence of spectators, these jewels would not fulfill the function for which they came into being. The viewer then is the ultimate artist. His sight, heart, mind – fusing with and grasping with greater or lesser understanding the intent of the creator – gives them life.”
I was born with a strong desire to create beautiful things with my hands. The creativity and curiosity handed down from my father pushed me to encounter countless arts and crafts. From plasticine smeared all over my small desk at the beginning, through pencil drawings, painting in a few various techniques, to serious affairs with photography and landscape arrangement. I even had a short episode of making lamps!
However it was the landscape design which I spent five years studying. Combining my love for nature and plants with the manual skills and rich imagination it seemed just perfect. But I soon felt overwhelmed with all the numbers and paper work this job included and the yearning to just be using my fingers again, working with raw materials was growing rapidly.
This is when a dear friend helped me to encounter jewelry. I started making things for myself, family and friends, using simple materials as strap, shells and wood. But it soon wasn't enough and I threw myself over copper wires. Their flexibility was amazing and it was wire-wrapping which has won my heart for several years. Moving from copper to sterling silver felt quite natural and let me truly expand my metalsmith skills and develop my own unique style and techniques, which I'm really proud of being a completely self-taught in silversmithing. It is still evolving and extremely satisfying.
You're welcome to visit my bright world of passion and imagination!