As part of our Best Of British Designers celebration I got the opportunity to interview our wonderful British jewellery designers.
Today our featured British designer is Edinburgh based Kim Mitchell -
Kim graduated in 2010 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design with an Honours Degree in Jewellery and Metal Design. Since then she has been working in her home city of Edinburgh, creating hand crafted sterling silver jewellery using a variety of both traditional and modern silversmithing techniques.
Why did you decide to work in jewellery design?
‘At university I discovered how much I love working in 3D – and with metal. I love designing and making something that people can have fun with and will last forever.’
What was the first piece of jewellery you made?
‘My first piece of jewellery was a large round silver and brass brooch which I gave to my Granny as a gift. We were asked to use a mixture of materials so I set a piece of green sea glass next to a silver flower silhouette. It’s a similar theme to the work I do now so its interesting to look back and see how your style develops.’
What is your biggest inspiration?
‘My work is mainly influenced by nature, in particular flowers and trees. I am inspired by the shadows thrown by their shapes and try to capture this in metal.’
‘I love Italian goldsmith Giovanni Corvaja. His work is absolutely stunning and really challenges what is believed possible in goldsmithing techniques. I also love going to see the Degree Shows and am always amazed by the work of new British designers.’
and finally, which celebrity (past or present) would you love to see wearing one of your designs?
‘I would love to see my designs on the red carpet, on someone like Sienna Miller or Emma Watson and of course Kate Middleton. It would be even better if it was a special gift from Will!’
For today only you can get your hands on your own piece of Kim Mitchell jewellery with 15% off! Simply enter KIM15 at the checkout for your discount to be applied.