We've got another brand new designer to introduce to you today: Matthew Calvin!
Matthew creates the most delicate contemporary jewellery from his studio in Shoreditch, London. Having travelled widely throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia, he studied womenswear at University of the Arts London and decided to make the city his home - for the time being, at least!
We love the clean lines and simple geometric shapes of Matthew Calvin's dainty earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. It's something a little bit different for us, but we know that you'll love being able to find minimal pieces of jewellery to wear alongside some of our more eclectic pieces.
Each piece of Matthew Calvin jewellery is individually handmade from sterling silver or 18ct gold/rose gold plated sterling silver, so you know that these are quality pieces designed to last.
We caught up with Matthew to find out a little more about him and his jewellery collections:
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Matthew Calvin and I’m a jewellery designer.
Do you design and make your jewellery yourself? If not, who else is involved in the process?
My team and I design the jewellery together which is a really fun process. It usually takes a few attempts to get the design just right but we normally get there quite easily.
Is the manufacturing process important to you? Does it influence your designs?
Definitely, its important to remember that although a design needs to be beautiful it also needs to be practical to make!
Did you always want to be a jewellery designer?
I originally studied womenswear and found that I enjoyed the details of an outfit more than the finished design. From there it was a natural progression in to jewellery design; making accessories which can be worn with any outfit is really fun and enables me to create much larger collections.
How would you describe Matthew Calvin jewellery?
Simple, elegant and minimalistic.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I draw a lot of inspiration from details in everyday life; an interesting geometric pattern for instance. Working in Shoreditch is a great source of inspiration because it’s so vibrant and full of life.
Can you tell us about your creative process? What does your typical day look like?
A typical day will see me at the studio with my team and my dog Colin, who’s definitely a big distraction! We have a meeting once a week to discuss new designs and pool together ideas, which is a great way to get new inspiration and a fresh new look on designs which we’ve been thinking about.
If you weren’t a jewellery designer, what would you do for a living?
At 16 I left school and trained as a chef in a renowned chef school in Barcelona where I was brought up. After working in a restaurant for 2 years I realised the trade wasn’t for me but I still toy with the idea of opening a restaurant one day, or even combining two trades and owning a shop with a cafe attached!
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