Artist: STEFANIA TWJ / Interview by SFINX.
We are honored & thankful, Stefania, for the collaboration with the SFINX.
That means a lot & makes us happy, that we share the same vision, to spread Art & Cvlture to the whole world. Express yourself & let the people know you & your art.
1. State your name for the record. Introduce yourself.
My name is Stefania, I was born in Italy, in the region of Sardinia.
I believe that life is a path of emotions, travelled by receiving, assimilating and interacting with a multitude of motivations. The choices, sometimes unconscious and unaware, lead us, step by step, to follow our natural inclination so we are ready to accept certain inspirations and reject others.
I’m a jewellery designer and maker based in London.
My passion is to carve, to create wearable sculptures, to bring to life the dramatic expression of a precious object that triggers an emotion.
2. When did you realize you wanted to become an jewellery designer(JD), and which was the main reason force behind the choice?
I have been into body adornment and wearing jewellery all my life. When I was a child I used to make necklaces and bracelets out of leafs and flowers. During my teenage years I began a passion for sculpture and art. I loved to observe details, expressions and forms sculpted in marbles, bronze and precious metals. I was fascinated by how the matter could be instilled with life and how the artist was able to turn it into expression and emotion. Low reliefs, statuette and fine carving on sculpture have always been my favorite works of art. My passion for jewellery has led me to specialize in the combination of the art of sculpture and the art of jewellery. I focus on the perfection of fine details, bringing my creations from a two-dimensional shape to a concrete sculptural form.
3. How did you get started as an JD?
I did various jewellery making courses at City and Islington College (London) and did a two years apprenticeship at The Great Frog (London) on which I then work six and half years as a jewellery designer and maker.
4. Which crafters/artist(s)/JD do you admire?
I love and admire the work of William Griffiths, his impeccable creations and carving skills have always inspired me to go further. Also admire the striking jewellery of the late Axel Stock (RIP Axel)!
5. Do you have a formal art (jewellery) background?
I don’t, I have done an apprenticeship for two years and numerous jewellery making courses.
6. What are your favorite designs to create and how you approach designing a custom piece?
I specialize in creating jewellery inspired by works of art, portraits or any other subjects of sculptural nature. I love to carve dramatic expressions, mythological figures, ornaments, amulets and any form that can triggers an emotion. Each custom piece begins it's life by being initially hand carved from a block of wax. The carving technique applied gives depth and precision, resulting in a highly detailed prototype which is then ready to cast. Each custom-made design is hand carved like a sculpture and preserves/interpret all details in proportion and dimension: either two-dimensional (“Relief” technique) or three-dimensional.
8. How do you see your style evolving through years?
I’ve started to carve gem stones four years ago and I’m incorporating them in one of a kind pieces. My main passion is to carve, I love to create unique pieces. I’ve worked as a bespoke jewellery and model-maker (carving prototypes for companies) for many years. I don’t follow trends and fashion and dislike the multi/fast production of our modern society. I would love to evolve into creating statement/one-off pieces only, incorporating more carved gem stones.
9. How would you define art jewellery?
Jewellery is the realization of a dream through a precious object. The passion for splendour, in whichever form is perceived. In my opinion, through history the art of jewellery has had the function to “communicate” to freely express emotions, believes, status and also to protect from the danger of life and from the evil eye. Jewellery is a universal form of adornment.
10. What influences your designs? Is there a specific culture or philosophy which fuels your inspiration?
The Baroque, the occult, and dark & dramatic arts are a great source of inspiration for me. The Greek mythology also influences my work, the ancient divinities and their legendary and heroic deeds have always fascinated me.
My creativity moves through time and space and the main influences in my work is art with its intrinsic, primitive and wild principle.
11. Do you have any works that are influenced by ancient Greek philosophy or myths?
Yes, I do incorporate elements of ancient Greek in my work.
The Gorgon Medusa, is my favorite, I have it part of The Wildness collection as a ring and also a pendant (inspired by the painting of Caravaggio “Medusa Shield”) I’ve also carved many different versions as bespoke commissions. I see it as the apotropaic amulet, as the protector, just like the ancient Greeks and then Roman saw it. I have a charm of Medusa on my belly chain that I wear since the last 10 years.
I also make a locket pendant with the God Pan carved on low relief in one side of the pendant, the rustic God of the wild is one of my favorite divinities of the ancient Greek mythology.
12. Do you have any tattoos?
Yes I do, I love tattoos.
- Which tattoo was your first and which one is your latest?
My first tattoo is on the top of my arm(s), are tribal tattoos, they are symmetric, the last one is in my hand, ornaments that crate a heart.
- Which tattoo do you cherish the most?
All the back of my body is tattooed from the top of the shoulders until the back of the hills.This is the tattoo I love the most, its a connection of flowers, ornaments, scrolls and some geometric patterns.I don’t have tattoos on the front of the body, I love this contrast, the “chiaro-scuro”… light and dark!
- Which tattoo style do you like best?
I like black & grey generally ornaments and tribal tattoos, I love when the tattoo follows the body shape, I’m also very into symmetry.
You can find Stefania's "TWJ" to see more of her art