- Tell us a little about yourself
I am originally form a small town in the Limpopo Province but fell in love with Cape town when I moved to Stellenbosch to pursue my career. I am currently a part-time model and love how Jewellery for my Friends and my modeling career support each other. I love the idea of collaborating and developing together with local upcoming talent and I am constantly looking for opportunities in the industry. I learned from a very early stage that you need to have confidence in yourself in this industry, as what I am selling is completely dependent on taste.
- ·Why did you get into jewellery design? Is it something you always wanted to do?
I thought I would be an engineer when I'd grow up but after a year of studying I decided to change my course. I didn't know about jewellery design but after a wild ride and some impulsive decisions I found myself studying the 4 year BA degree. It was the best decision of my life! Coming from a family of engineers and a creative mom I finally found the career where I can be technical and creative and teach myself about marketing.
- What inspires your designs?
I go through phases with my designs as I tend to get bored with something very quickly. I am currently working on a range inspired by architecture, shadow play, patterns, shape and colour. I like to incorporate my everyday experience into my designs, and find that I can get quite obsessed with a shape and how I can incorporate it into a jewellery range.
- What else can we expect from your jewellery line?
Jewellery for my friends started January 2015. I launched my commercial range Forest Fever and I am currently working on my new range. I still don't have a name for it, but it will give you a few hints. The line will be big and bold with more repetitive shapes and texture. more opulent and more statement. I am planning to launch it together with a brand 'dust-off' end of 2015.
- What do you enjoy doing when you’re not designing?
I love traveling and anything creative, DIY projects and off course the modeling keeps me busy (that is the socializing part sorted.)
- What is your favourite thing about creating jewellery?
I am extremely happy alone in my studio playing around with metal. It gives me time to think and plan. It is a very satisfying job and I love to see my creations immediately. I also love to see how happy and appreciative customers are especially because I tend to forget that my customers are not exactly aware of how my jewellery are made.
- How would you describe your aesthetic or personal style?
As my inspiration I tend to get bored with my style. I love a rustic almost a "not-worked-off" style combined with a more refined style. I do not sell fine jewellery. I like to create pieces for the artistic soule within the fashion industry. Nothing is mass produced and all my ranges will be limited editions, leaving customers with one of a kind pieces.
- W hat does the future hold for Jewellery for my friends?
I am very excited for the new range to take form, as it will be more suited for runway. Jewellery for my Friends are still in the growing process and I really hope to have it on a more "in store base" by the end of the year!