Being a designer is something that requires a natural and inherent creative core, and for those of us who weren’t born with that innate quality to create, seeing the world through their eyes is probably the next best thing. In this installment of Designer Diaries, we follow London-based jewelry designer Maria Black from her studio in London to time in Paris for Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Week. “A typical day in my life starts with a bicycle ride, or brisk walk from my flat to my East London studio,” Black tells Savoir Flair. “I spend about half the day on the jewelry bench, making or experimenting with styles and the other half sketching and answering calls or e-mails. In between, there are the days of research and traveling.”
As for what inspires the Dutch-born designer, Black reveals something profound that has stuck with her since her adolescent years. “I had a drawing teacher as a teenager who told me that ‘Drawing is seeing’. It’s about positive and negative space, and everything can be broken down into details or blown up to alter the perception.”
Like many artistic minds, Black says she can find inspiration almost anywhere, be it “a detail on a chest of drawers, a clock face, or a pattern on a dress. I love taking these little details and serving them back to people in a different form.” Translating these inspirations into wearable designs “leaves you with the sense that you know this piece of jewelry; you are somehow connected,” she explains. “It’s the daily assault on your senses from everyday objects that has lodged in the back of your subconscious. That’s my little secret.”
Click through the gallery for an intimate look into the life of jewelry designer Maria Black.
Maria Black jewelry is available at Saks Fifth Avenue Dubai.
This is the back entrance of my favorite Vietnamese spot in London; I pass it on my way home from work every night – very ‘Lady and the Tramp’.
I came across this guy on my way to Brick Lane last Sunday. New hobby?
Feast your eyes on the hands of creation! We worked so hard that we lost our fingerprints.
This is what inspired the birth of the ‘Trinity’ ring – the pattern on the dress inspired the shape of the ring.
I love the texture and patina left on the wall, after the tube sign was removed.
I work on the bench every day. Here, I’m polishing a piece from the latest new ‘Minimalist’ collection.
Drawing helps me focus on the direction, but the actual designing happens on my jewelry bench. I’m old school.
My new fine jewelry from ‘The Quiet Beauty’ collection. I’m a proud mama.
This is my jewelry bench. My file doubles-up as an impromptu moustache.
Messing around with silver castings in the studio – I can’t help myself.