My initial ideas for this collection began with a few simple words that I felt expressed something about aesthetics in relation to jewellery that appealed to me. Words such as symmetry, balance, simplicity, contrast, smooth curves and repetition. The inspiration for this collection echoes the repetitive circular shapes of succulent plants such as those seen widely in my homeland, South Africa.
The COPENHAGEN collection takes inspiration from the pure and clean lines of Danish design and the feelings aroused during a trip to Copenhagen. Similar to the abstracted natural forms seen in the debut collection, SUCCULENT, based on the African landscapes and wildflowers of Southern Africa, COPENHAGEN has evolved out of the same idea of simplifying shapes to their essential components. All the pieces in the COPENHAGEN collection reflect the feeling of the city itself – clean, elegant and with the purity of considered design at heart.
The YUCCA Collection focuses on the relationship between lines and angles. Each piece echoes another, creating a harmonious balance throughout the entire collection.
The collection speaks to us of what and where we identify with as Home.
The collection takes its visual inspiration from the abstracted landscapes of aerial views. Each minimal design has its roots in a different country, from Africa through to England, over to Spain and Austria. Each piece reflects something of the landscape and something of the connection we have with different places. The Aike earrings can be worn as studs or as a statement pair, giving the wearer the option to feel more at home in the different environments travelled through during the day.
Jewellery is often seen as something to be appreciated through the sense of sight, however its potential tactile nature is something that is often overlooked. In this new collection, I explore the possibilities of creating forms that offer the wearer a unique and personal sensory experience, one that is an extension of what the outside viewer may experience. This exploration into the world of touch is my attempt to create pieces that may resonate not only with the visually able, but also with the visually impaired. Each piece speaks to something deep inside us that craves familiarity in unfamiliar environments and offers a means to centre and reconnect with oneself.