What is your background and where did you study?
I have always loved art and have drawn and painted since I was very small. I have been making jewellery since I was a teenager and decided to specialize in jewellery design after trying a variety of different subjects on a art foundation course. I first made jewellery in materials such as paper, Perspex and resin.
What made you want to become a Jeweller?
I became a jeweler as I love to make things and after I discovered the world of jewellery, it opened up a completely new arena and world of discovery that I found very interesting. I really enjoy working with the jewellery techniques and there is always something new to learn within the subject. I also really enjoy the design process and working on a small intricate scale.
What inspires you?
Life is inspirational, I am inspired by many different things. I take photos when I travel and this can often spark new ideas. Visiting botanical gardens has formed the basis of collections along with looking at images of microscopic algae, Fine art can be inspiring, I created a collection called lady L which was inspired by a painting at the Guildhall Art Gallery and the collection I created was shown at an exhibition called the age of elegance.
Where do you source your materials?
I source my materials from a variety of suppliers in Hatton Garden. Over the last few years I have become very interested in using recycled metals and particular suppliers offer recycled silver and gold, which is great. I am also interested in using Fairtrade silver and gold and have joined the Fairtrade gold initiative for independent jewellers, Fairtrade metal is available through suppliers in the U.K. I am also interested in using Fairtrade stones and there are excellent companies in the U.K that supply beautiful stones. Also traceable diamonds are available from U.K suppliers.
Describe your creative process?
I build up ideas in my sketch books and then develop those ideas into jewellery. Once I have a design for a piece, I decide which process to use and make a sample. Sometimes I work with paper or card models , to gain an idea of how the jewellery will look.
You teach as well – what do you think you gain by teaching others? Have you any workshops coming up?
I currently teach one evening class a week and this is a workshop class. Teaching is very rewarding and its great to see students build a range of techniques and make the jewellery that they like. It’s also great to see the students develop confidence too. What exhibitions do you have for September through to Spring?
The exhibitions that I have from now until Spring are a show in Berlin, in October, which is a small international show of jewellery designers. In November I will be showcasing work in Amsterdam at a show called Sieraad and hope to exhibit at Jewellery Arabia. In January I will be taking part in an exhibition with the Society of Designer Craftsmen at the Mall Galleries in London and in February will be taking part in a jewellery trade fair called Inhorgenta. I may be taking part in other events as well which will be promoted through my blog and Facebook.
How would you describe your brand?
I would describe my brand as a London jewellery company, the jewellery that is created is contemporary and follows the atheistic for simplicity. It’s an international brand.
Who is your customer?
My customer is both male and female, they are based in the United Kingdom and aboard as well. They are discerning individuals who have an interest in hand crafted, designer items.
What key piece are you working on for Autumn/Winter? Spring/Summer?
At the moment I am creating designs for new pieces of jewellery which will be made in gold and will be embellished with colourful gemstones.
Find out more about the designer Farah Qureshi here www.farahqureshi.co.uk