COUTURE, a fine jewelry trade show, is less than two weeks away and my anticipation is growing. This will be fifth year attending the show and it never fails to introduce me to the most incredible designers. One of the designers on my must-see list is first-time exhibitor, Leyla Abdollahi. Her work is bold, unique and magical. I cannot wait to try on this stunning collection of jewelry. Get to know more about Leyla and her inspiration below!
I started designing jewellery in my early teens. At that time, I didn’t have any professional training or knowledge about jewellery making and it was purely based on passion and hobby. Few rough sketches and designs here and there, resulted in creating some of those designs to tangible pieces of jewellery. Years later I moved to London and I enrolled in BA (Hons) in Jewellery design at Central Saint Martin’s University of Arts London and that’s how I turned my passion to profession.
Inspiration is always the main step. I explore and study the concept first and then it leads to drawing my ideas in any forms and shapes more like storytelling. During times when I am designing, I tend to use mood boards to express my design direction.
The design process will begin with certain ideas in mind and those ideas will get fully developed in different stages. A natural process which influences the design progress significantly and that is how the journey goes from Ideas to concept and final design.
I enjoy free-flow experiment, which stimulates and intensities my imagination and creativity. My visual memory is rather dynamic and vivid. Anything that captivates my vision to think beyond the ordinary life such as my fascination for fantasy mythology, mystical stories could become source of inspirations.
I am constantly inspired by art, history, architecture, traveling, nature with its marvelous organic art forms and shapes or simply listening to a great piece of music.
Favorite artists and designers: The list goes on, as there are too many incredible artists and designers that I admire. Just to name a few; Daniel Merriam, Louise Bourgeois, Agostino Arrivabene, Eiko Ishioka, Salvador Dali, Gaudi, Zaha Hadid, Alexander Mcqueen, Jaroslaw Kukowski and Mark Ryden.
Other than jewelry: Living in a city like London offers the opportunity to explore artistic affairs that are happening all year round where you can immerse yourself in art, culture and architecture. Working on my personal art projects such as painting and sculpture, hanging out with friends and enjoying their company, reading on my favourite inspirational subjects are among some of my favourite activities.
Currently listening to: Kadebostany, Kovacs, Moby, Everything But The Girls. Depeshmood, Milo Hafliger, Lana Del Rey and Phoebe Killdeer & the Short Straws.