Saturday, 1 December 2012

Designer Spotlight: Georgia Wiseman

Glasgow based jewelleer Georgia Wiseman first caught my eye with her sleek contemporary designs. A strong use of geometric shape and a good flash of colour is enough to have me hooked so naturally I had to sit down (read: at the computer - with wine) and pick her brains about her collections and find a bit more about Wiseman. 

Tell me a little a bit about your background:
I'm originally from Leicestershire and moved to Glasgow in 2000 to study at Glasgow School of Art where I graduated with a first in 2003.  I moved to London straight after and started studying for my masters at the Royal College.  After a while I decided it wasn't for me and decided to leave the course, the head of which said it was going to be one of my biggest mistakes!!  That was like a red rag to a bull and I've constantly worked hard in the craft and fashion industries to keep pushing myself and my jewellery forward and have built up a loyal client following.  The last two years I've taken time out to start a family and have just had my second baby. It's been a great period of time for me to spend re evaluating what I want to get from my work and where I want to be.  I've returned to the scene refreshed and fully charged with a fab new ecommerce website, branding and I know exactly where I want the jewellery brand to be heading, it's exciting times!

What inspired you to start making jewellery: 
I was studying on the art & design foundation course at De Montfort University in Leicester and really had no idea what creative route I was going to take as I loved everything, painting, drawing, designing & making.  When it came to crunch time we looked at the work I'd created over the time and it was pretty much all related to the body and metal was a favourite material, i loved the process of taking it through all the stages from raw wire, sheet or grains and turning it into a finished shining beautiful object - jewellery and silversmithing it was!  Packed my bags and that was me heading up to Glasgow before I could change my mind.

How would you define your design aesthetic:
Geometric, sophisticated, sharp, luxurious 

Who and what are your biggest influences and why:
Hmm obviously I have to say my partner Tommy (boring I know) but we drive each other forward, we're both self-employed so we understand why each of us has to work late nights sometimes, weekends etc and our brains never really switch off and we work through each others obstacles, drive and believe in each other.  Being self-employed is all encompassing, you get told it shouldn't be when you go on courses and lectures and you shouldn't let it happened but I find that tends to come from someone who is employed and has a salary and paid holidays. 

Would you be able to talk me through the design process:
I work in a mixture of ways, I have initial ideas and sketch things out which is always just the tiniest part of it as then I head to the jewellery bench to start working things out, this generally leads me in a different direction to where I thought I'd be and that's the beauty as that's when the most successful designs come though.  It's not until i get the metal in front of me that I can really start to build things, I build, create, construct.  The collection then flows off from each piece..

Do you tend to follow trends or work to your own formula:
At the moment I have a very stylised design aesthetic for which I have become known for, but I'm gradually moving away from this and slowly but surely.  (Although I am addicted to making intricate structures) perhaps the materials I chose will change even more over the next wee while!  I like to incorporate trends into my designs though and my new collections feature optical patterns influenced by Prada's creations and rich jewel colours that we've been seeing on the catwalks.

Do you have any favourite piece that you've designed over the years:

I loved the Platinum and diamond ring that I made, it was a beauty 30 diamonds set all the way round the outside of the openwork structure and an award winner, but I'm completely in love with my new 3D pendants in the Geo Collection, I'll be releasing new shapes each season, studded with gorgeous coloured crystals.  They're my hot tip!

 1: Geo Chain Tribe Pendant - £155 2:  Dark Star Venus Earrings - £120 3: Dark Star Delta Bracelet - £90

These are some of my favourite pieces from Wiseman's collection. The sightlier edgier Dark Star collection of hers is a firm favourite. For me it feels like a natural progression of my love of shape but still keeping a flash of colour with the swarovski crystals. Her iconic geo collection is gorgeous and the tribe pendant is simple, elegant and easy to wear.
You can buy yourself some of Georgia's designs directly via her website. Def ideal if looking for something a bit more special for Christmas.

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