It all started as a hobby and about a year later or so I set up Jolita Jewellery company together with my sister. I'm creating one-of-a-kind and bespoke jewellery pieces. I work with various materials: silver, precious and semi-precious stones, beads, anything I find in antique markets etc. Right now I love creating pieces, using reclaimed and new materials.
What got you started?
Are there any other arts and crafts that you would like to try your hand at? If so, why?
At the moment I am interested in making highly scented candles and perfume. I obtained this book published in 1850's which lists hundreds of original perfume, cologne and soap recipes. I am using that book for creating candles and perfume. I would also love to learn the art of shoemaking.
What are your favorite materials to use?
Right now I love working with silk, vintage crystal jewellery and coral.
My collections are inspired by novels by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Haruki Murakami, also mythology, Aztec art in British Museum, Memento Mori jewellery, trips to antique markets. During one of the recent visits to Portobello market I was particularly intrigued by an intricately woven Victorian human hair bracelet with beautifully engraved gold clasp. I also like the idea of using vintage and antique components and give them new lease of life. I love using various carvings in my pieces - I am currently working with some master carvers in Indonesia - they produce the most amazing pieces!!!