CSM Jewellery 2013 - The Designers Part II

The second in a two part series of short interviews with designers from the CSM Jewellery 2013 show features Natha Khunprasert, Ruth Mackin, Sarah Ysabel Dyne Narici and Xue Dong.

Read about some of the other designers in Part I of our interviews here.

NATHA KHUNPRASERT

Natha Khunprasert

 

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up wanting to be a fashion designer, and then find my interest in product design to then ultimately realise my true passion lies within jewellery designing and making. I enjoy injecting kitsch element into my work.

What was the inspiration for this piece?

The initial inspiration of my collection projected from my personal interest in the beauty and function of nails, as personal expression of style and extension of our bodies. The project developed into not only the jewellery for nails but instead, jewellery about ‘Fingertips’, where they play significant roles in our lives.

Who is your favourite designer or artist and why?

Melanie Georgacopoulos: I truly admire her ability to give an edge and a more youthful & playful aesthetic to the timeless value of pearls, as well as her talent in creating both equally exciting smaller pieces and big show pieces.

What’s your motto?

“Live life to the fullest”

RUTH MACKIN

Ruth Mackin

 

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Ruth Mackin and I was born in Vanuatu in the South Pacific. My family and I later moved to the Cayman Islands returning to Britain for my secondary education. Arts Foundation was great fun at Chesterfield College, then on to CSM. I love creating miniature detail in my creative work and hope this shows through in my design process.

What was the inspiration for this piece?

Fond memories of tropical seas and the brilliant colours of the ocean. Even now watching the ebb and flow of the tides as they sweep through rock pools. Feeding sea anemones tiny scraps of fish.

What’s next for you?

I spent a very varied and exciting internship between second and third year working for Hannah Martin (London) and various other companies. Now I want to successfully complete my degree and move forward with designing collections within a company, perhaps one with connections on the continent, hence the French lessons.

Name one jewellery toolbox essential that you can’t live without.

My paints and paint brushes.

SARAH YSABEL DYNE NARICI

Sarah Narici

 

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a half Italian, half British twenty-two year old female. I grew up in Milan until I was nine years old… I have been studying jewellery design at CSM for three years and am ready for the next chapter of my life to commence!

What was the inspiration for this piece?

The collection is designed for a future society, living outside of planet Earth’s parameters in the year 2050. The pearls in these pieces have been encapsulated into individual acrylic blocks in a nostalgic act of celebration of the natural wonders of the Earth.

What’s next for you?

After I graduate I plan on moving to Paris to expand my knowledge of design in a fine jewellery house.

What do you like most about pearls?

The stunning and subtle array of colours that you can see on closer inspection.

What has been your best experience or moment at CSM?

Difficult to answer there have been many! Finding a path that I enjoy so much is probably the best feeling and experience I have had.

Who is your favourite designer or artist and why?

This is difficult to answer as I have many, however one of my favourites is the Belgian multidisciplinary artist, Jan Fabre. I think he is one of the most exciting contemporary artists and his work both in theatre and sculptures always prompts question and thought.

If you were a gemstone, what would you be?

An opal.

Name one jewellery toolbox essential that you can’t live without.

My file.

What’s your motto?

"Audentior ito"

XUE DONG

Xue Dong

 

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I think jewelry is like small sculptures. I am interested in making jewelry, which is delicate with less formally structured shapes.

What was the inspiration for this piece?

My inspiration comes from the cloud. I love the cloud’s irregular changing shape and changing colors in different weather conditions.

Who is your favourite designer or artist and why?

I was influenced by Tara Donovan’s sculpture, I really like the way and feeling she created the fabulous structure.

What’s your motto?

"Be structural, romantic, fluency"