I can walk to Farah Qureshi's studio on the South Bank from my home, and with Spring firmly implanted in my psyche I am already thinking FESTIVALS!
Hair pieces ( yes even with my short hair ) and ankle chains are definitely going to appear as part of my look for summer dancing! Farah has both, part of her Spring Summer collection is botanically inspired and whether its the coincidence of my visit to V&A's 'Botticelli Reimagined', or just an instinctive season hankering for organic form, her twig like earrings and hair slides just so speak to me now!!!!!
Darling Farah, as always, busy, busy, busy, what pieces are you working on now ?
At the moment I have been working on new samples for the next season, which have been laser cut in brass and will form a variety of different pieces. I am also at the design stage for some new creations as well as taking some cast carved pieces in silver further, creating necklaces and pendants.
Wow! How do you go from idea to finished piece ?
I always start the design process by brainstorming a few ideas. I keep notes of ideas as I think of them. I then explore the ideas further by taking photos or drawing sketches. The next stage is to develop the designs by working in paper or card creating models or by drawing designs, with some detail. Once the design stage is complete the next phase to develop samples which form the basis of a collection.
Farah, things to look forward to this year ?
I will be taking part in Dazzle which is an amazing jewellery exhibition in August and takes place during the Edinburgh festival in Scotland. In November I will be joining a group of jewellery designer makers at Number Ninety Four a beautiful jewellery gallery on Colombia road in Shoreditch, London.