VI | What’s your background (where are you from, what did you study)?
FLS | Originally from The Netherlands, I moved to Edinburgh 5 years ago. I initially studied Graphic Design at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht before moving on to study Communications and Comparative Arts & Media Studies.
VI | What brought you to jewellery making?
FLS | I’ve always been creating at some level, illustrations or - when I was little - cardboard ‘inventions’. While travelling in Australia a friend introduced me to jewellery making. It was immediately something that clicked with me. There was a nice creative vibe in Melbourne with lots of independent jewellery makers which all inspired me to go and make my own stuff so after I moved to Edinburgh I started enrolling in short courses. First at the Process Studios and then at Silverhub Studios.
VI | Who or what do you take your inspirations?
FLS | I take inspiration from the shapes and patterns I find exploring Edinburgh or on my travels. I love the contrast between organic forms and graphic, abstract lines. I always keep an eye out on the pavement while walking around the city, often there are little bits and pieces lying around which have been moulded into unusual shapes by the weather. I’m always photographing items or picking things up. The last object I picked up from the street was a piece of copper wire with blue plastic around it which had the most perfect shape for an earring.
A lot of the time I also take inspiration from playing around with materials. This playful approach is key to creating my work.
VI | What do you use/how do you make your work?
FLS | I usually start with doodling ideas or with a photo I’ve taken and then use paper or card to make some models before making the initial piece in copper. Along the way I keep doodling, adjusting my designs, finding the right materials and colours. I use a lot of non-precious metals, as well as silver. And I love exploring different materials. When I first started making jewellery I actually started out using a lot of wood and found fabrics.
VI | What do you enjoy the most about making?
FLS | Slowly seeing an idea develop into an actual, tangible and wearable object. And I love experimenting with new shapes and materials (and creating a huge mess in the process...).
VI | What don’t you enjoy?
FLS | Sanding tricky parts of pieces. Although the result is usually very satisfying!
VI | What are your aspirations?
FLS | Growing my jewellery line and I always want to learn new skills and techniques. I’d also love to collaborate with other - jewellery or non-jewellery - creatives in the future.
VI | What’s your favourite piece you have created?
FLS | I’d have to say a brooch I created for my mum. She works in a library, so it was inspired by her love for books. It’s a special piece to me not only because I created it specifically for her, but because it symbolises progress for me. Before this piece I was making a lot of jewellery from wood and found fabrics. Then I started taking silversmithing classes at the Silverhub studios and learned to work with metal. This piece symbolises that important progress for me.
VI | Who’s work do you admire?
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