[The Artist’s Wardrobe] Geometric Jewellery
For the second edition of our new fashion-focused monthly column, we shine a spotlight on some of our favourite jewellery designers.
Here at Inkygoodness we’re all about showing your passion for design in every aspect of your life – especially your wardrobe! When it comes to jewellery, our tastes are similar to our tastes in illustration. We love bold, graphic-inspired design and – luckily for us – geometric jewellery seems to be on the rise at the moment. Increasingly designers and studios are stripping things back to create graphic, wearable statements.
Here are some of our favourites leading the way with this trend…
Founded in 2014, Tom Pigeon is a creative studio run by Pete and Kirsty Thomas. We first discovered Tom Pigeon’s homeware range, and we were delighted to discover their eye-catching, minimal jewellery too!
Simplicity is key. The studio creates striking statement pieces using geometric shapes that are dissected with blocks of colour. Inspired by mid-century art and architecture, the necklace above is from their “Form” collection. When it comes to manufacturing, the studio works with a family-run etching workshop on the West coast of Scotland. After this, they cut, polish and assemble each piece by hand.
Jewellery designer Isla Christie recently graduated from Glasgow School of Art. Within her work, Isla uses digital tools to explore the endless possibilities of geometric forms. Fascinated by the ways in which forms can be constructed, Isla constantly switches between working in 2D and 3D.
For her graduate collection, Isla first created 3D digital models before “slicing” them up and constructing them out of multiple layers of cut paper. The collection of earrings features kinetic forms which encouraged playful interaction from the wearer. Elements are also interchangeable so the front and back sections of the earrings can be rearranged in endless combinations.
Daniel To and Emma Aiston established the (fittingly named) studio DANIEL EMMA in 2008. The studio works on a large variety of projects, from desktop accessories to large scale installations.
With each new project, DANIEL EMMA use a minimalist approach to create unexpected objects.
One of DANIEL EMMA’s most notable projects has been their collaboration with Australian watch brand Aark Collective. With this project – and everything else they work on – the studio aims to make something which is “just nice”. This simplistic goal has proven to be effective as the collaborative collection is incredibly pleasing to the eye. Juxtaposing high quality leather in earthy tones with linear pops of colour, they have created a minimalist fashionista’s dream watch.
One We Made Earlier
Run by husband and wife team Emma and Rob Orchardson, One We Made Earlier produce striking contemporary accessories. After meeting at college in Scotland, the pair went on to study in London before pursuing separate paths in fine art and design. In 2013, the couple came together to launch One We Made Earlier.
Of all the studios featured in our round-up, One We Made Earlier’s jewellery collection makes the loudest statement. Their range of necklaces are made of bold, brightly-coloured 3D shapes strung together with a piece of black cord. Shapes for the necklaces are created by hand in the brand’s East London studio and the cord can be lengthened or shortened depending on how much swing you are in the mood for. While bright and bold, the collection still feels classic in a contemporary way. Keeping elements to a minimum gives something of an understated feel to each statement piece.
Strukt create 3D printed jewellery inspired by neofuturistic ideals. Technology is an essential part of the studio’s creative process. 3D printing possibilities allow Stukt to create bold, innovative designs that couldn’t be produced using traditional manufacturing processes. Joana Aloise is an Italian-Brazilian product designer and the mind behind this Glasgow-based studio.
Modern technology not only informs and inspires Joana’s creative process but makes it possible for her to create the final products.
What is most interesting about Joana’s work is her use of pattern. The repetition and layering of geometric shapes shows the influence technology has had on her work by mimicking coding in a visual way.
Jewellery designer Lynne MacLachlan’s work plays with light, space, and colour, creating “visual delight” for the wearer and viewer. Each piece comes in a range of joyful, vibrant colours, created by layering complex three-dimensional patterns giving a real sense of illusion.
Lynne’s intricate bracelets and necklaces wouldn’t look out of place in a science lab. We wouldn’t be surprised if her studio resembled one!