Rosie Kent knew she wanted to be an artist from a young age. Her jewellery is a unique, elegant blend of metals and decorative designs. As an independent jewellery maker, it can be hard to establish yourself in a market that is often saturated with various types of work, from festival jewellery, to glamorous red carpet looks. Rosie has worked hard to establish herself as a brand and identity, and today, she’s shared a bit of her journey with us in the interview below.
Read on to learn about Rosie’s creative career, what she values as an artist, and how she discovered that jewellery was her passion.
When did you realize that jewellery was what you wanted to spend your time making? How did you go about following that passion?
I knew from a young age I would be a maker of some sort, but I didn’t find jewellery until I was on a foundation diploma at Central Saint Martins. I loved making clothes so I thought fashion made sense, but when I tried jewellery for the first time I was captivated. It was like being an inventor creating purposeful objects.
What are some of the ideas that inspire your jewellery? Who and where do you look to for inspiration?
I’m very much inspired by the past, buildings that have stood the test of time, giving a glimpse into ancient worlds. I have a love of textures and surface decoration, I always try to create jewellery rich in clashing patterns, giving the jewellery a narrative rooted in the past.
Was there ever a point in your life where you thought about pursuing something besides your current profession? If yes, how did you shift gears? If no, how did you stay motivated and positively work towards your goal?
Staying motivated is tough, a change can be the thing you need to help re-find your focus. So after college I shifted my direction from traditional jewellery making into the world of CAD and 3D printing. I slowly trained part time learning Matrix, an incredible computer program that lets you create and manipulate models in 3D. This shift for me was everything and it opened up possibilities in designing and creating. I was hooked.
What were some of the challenges you faced early on in your career? How did you overcome those challenges?
I’ve been working in London for the past decade designing and making for a few jewellery favourites. My main challenge was working part time whilst trying to build my label on the side. Jewellery isn’t the cheapest art form with materials and many tools needed to ease the process. I took things slowly, collecting tools and developing collections, learning as I went. I found working in the trade a great place to learn and build contacts. The steepest learning curve is when you just jump right in and give it a go. Funding is always an issue but I’m finally in a good place and excited about things to come.
What would you like to achieve through your craft? What are some of the ideals you embody, that you want your consumers to know?
The jewellery market is oversaturated, and while this can be exciting with fresh new ideas continually coming to the surface, it can also mean extreme competition in price. Our designs are handmade in our London studio or we use skilled craftsmen in London and Birmingham’s jewellery quarters. We keep our price as competitive as possible as the whole point of jewellery is we want it to be worn and enjoyed. I have experience designing for the high street and the pace and quality is something I wanted to escape from. I would like to think our customers look to us for quality and originality, attention to detail is crucial in design and execution.
Describe in detail the last time you felt powerful, and why that was. What contributes to that feeling, and is it something you seek out?
I forget to look back at achievements and celebrate small accomplishments, I tend to get very wrapped up in the present. Day to day is very busy but I’m extremely lucky to have grown my business enabling me to do what I love. When I remember this I feel proud that I am able to continually live this journey.
Is there an “average day” for you? If so, can you describe some of your routine and processes? If you don’t have an average day, can you describe how your routines change from day to day?
My work is very much split into 3 main areas. Designing / CAD, making and paperwork. Designing starts with a sketch then ends up as a 3D model. Bench making can be silver orders, wholesale production or one off special pieces fabricated in solid gold. Computer and paperwork does take up quite a bit of time so I try and split the day in two, spending half a day emailing and catching up on paperwork then the afternoon either spent making pieces on the bench, or creating a model in CAD. I tend to be quite a distracted person and therefore this small routine keeps me in check and gives me something to look forward to!
Where do you see yourself and your work in 10 years? Do you have bigger aspirations you’d like to achieve? How do you plan to go about achieving those goals?
I’m still very much in the early stages of building the label, we’re trying to expand our stockists internationally, showcasing the brand to new audiences. We’ve shown our collections in Milan, Paris and most recently New York in February this year, slowly spreading the word and reaching new exciting markets. There isn’t a rule book on how to build a brand in this constantly changing climate, businesses need to adapt and keep up. We’re concentrating on building a brand with a strong identity, if we become known for our thoughtful design and creativity then in our minds we’ve made it.
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