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New to Lovedazzle this month is Helen Rankin and her geometric jewellery.
Helen’s jewellery exudes modernity and simplicity. Her signature aesthetic is defined by angles, interlocking, overlapping, contrast and scale. Crisp lines and blacked silver add drama whilst semi precious stones provide colour and interest. Inspiration comes from modern architecture, geometric decorative features and repetitive pattern found in textiles and tiles.
Helen utilises rapid prototyping technology to achieve perfect symmetry and combines it with traditional jewellery techniques. Meticulous hand finishing maintains a luxury feel to the collections. The ultimate focus however is always on movement and wearability.
Helen graduated with a BA in Jewellery design at Middlesex University and is now working from her workshop at Brass Monkeys in Hove.
Read on for our Lovedazzle Q & A…
What made you decide to be a jewellery designer?
At college I used to like making objects on a small scale so it just felt like a natural choice. Sophie Harley also came to talk to us about her industry which influenced my decision even more.
Image: Flat Geom Pendant – £125
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your work?
I am inspired by a lot of modern architecture and sculptures and artists from the 20th century that use a constructivist style, favoring geometric shapes. I also draw inspiration from pattern found on textiles and tiles. Sometimes there are so many influences I have to rein in my ideas a little bit.
Image from Helen Rankin’s Instagram
If you could choose anyone to wear your jewellery, who would it be?
What do you love most about being a jeweller?
The kind of jewellery I appreciate the most crosses over between art, fashion and design. I love being able to make mini sculptures that people can wear.
Image: Geom Balance Earrings – £130
How do you relax after a day in the studio?
To be honest I have a very busy family life so when I’m working in the studio it is the most relaxing time for me!
Image: Geom Affinity Pendant -£95
If you weren’t a jewellery designer what do you think you would be?
You wouldn’t believe it but I absolutely love colour and my final pieces at university were in anodised aluminium. I think an interior decorator or garden designer would have suited my skills. I also love antiques so maybe an antique dealer or museum curator.
Image: Maxi Geom Studs – £75
If you could own a piece by another maker in any discipline, no price limit, what would it be?
I think a big Tom Hammick print would add some serious dramatic impact to my house. I especially love his dreamlike night scenes and the way he uses colour to create atmosphere.
Image: Tom Hammick- Cloud Island