I consider myself a creative thinking and innovative Concept&Jewellery designer, with strong research skills and a keen eye for details . Over the past years I have managed to predict and interpret seasonable trends, developing effective design, creating and executed new concepts, managed to work flow from design through initial samples to production ready goods; to think three dimensionally, working trough hand rendering and model-making skills as well as using software, such us, AdobeCC (Illustrator, Photoshop, In Design) and Rhino CAD.
Generated several design strategy with a unique concept and design, taking the provided project information, building a luxury jewellery concept and final design that will be presented to the team in the form of sketches and 2D drawing for approval/refinement before final renders were created. Market Research, Trend Research, Inspiration, Materials sourcing, Design original and exclusive luxury jewelry pieces based on a high level of attentiveness to fashion trends. Selecting a diverse and unique inventory tailored to the specific preferences of the targeted market. Provide technical spec. & Interface with corporate office in China e Mumbai to ensure accurate and timely production / Create Visual & Layout for Presentation.
Founder/Creative Director @ _ MA Jewelry / Manuela Design BVBA, Antwerpen, BE. Design original and exclusive jewellery pieces based on a high level of attentiveness to customer’s taste, fashion and trends, using Illustrator, Photoshop and Rhino software. Market research, Trend research, Inspiration, Concept / Creative & Conceptual thinking. Exploring new material following the latest trend in the industry. My responsibility also involved Product development, coordinate & follow up with suppliers and manufactories for all labor and materials utilized. Participated in quality control inspection of finisched jewellery pieces. Photo editing / Create layout & Visual for Brochure, Cards and the Web.
Developed a new and commercial range of jewellery in gold and small diamonds to meet business requirements across the UK. Search for trends, Inspirations, Concept / Reasearch new Shapes, Lines for jewellery composition / Creative & Conceptual thinking / Sketches, Technical specs. & Rendering. Create innovative jewelry with engraving and laser-cut decorations / Inspired by graphic and indian pattern, analyzing customer taste & needs.
Search for inspiration, style, concept, design for the Studio-Boutique Djurja Watson to help her to plan, to design and to create elegant, glamorous and innovative jewelry. Assistant designer during the "London Fashion Week", 2007-2008 edition.
Research seasonal trends and color stories often attending shows. Market research for new design ideas. Created technical drawings of new products for production. Used Rhino software to create 3D renderings for wax printing, parts specification and laser cut work. Researched and analyzed the market, competitors, and created new collection lines. Working with design team for collections for each season. Communicated with local makers. Responsible for all material and finishing's selected.
Developed a new luxury collection, researching original shapes for a new chain link with elements in yellow and white gold. Identify trends, maintained and developed seasonal collection presenting moodboards. Designed jewelry collections from hand sketches to computer design and technical renderings for manufacturing. Conversation with manufactories for sample and product development before final pieces where created. The collection was shown in 'Vicenza gold' and “Basel world” fair, edition 2005/2006. Advertised in "Vogue Jewellery" magazine.
Developed innovative, glamour and elegante luxury jewellery in gold and precious stones. Work directly under head designer creating new jewelry designs on a two season schedule. Assist head designer creating line sheets. Designed jewelry collections from hand sketches to computer design and technical renderings for manufacturing. The collection was called "RIO" and was shown in "VICENZA ORO" fair, edition 2005-2006. Advertised in "Vogue Jewellery" magazine.
I presented my Ma thesis project at the CSM degree show edition 2010/2011: The object I designed reflects the concept of graffiti as a creative mark of freedom. Graffiti is part of a material and symbolic network orienting participants in the labyrinth of the city space. Writers have been transforming the urban environment through creative arrangements. ‘This prospective urbanism brings about changes, whereby experiences, desires, attitudes and behaviours become free in the urban space’. My project examined how to bring together the two worlds of jewellery and graffiti, investigating the translation of the latter into the former, bringing about new meanings into the jewellery chain concept with a focus on the uniqueness and originality of Japanese and Brazilian graffiti. My project looked at the differences in graffiti art and how particular lines, shapes and complex compositions can translate into innovative jewellery chain pieces, bringing new spontaneous and dynamic shapes for a chain link in order to discover new ways of representing and giving movement into this. Dynamism, flow and playfulness are the key words of my research.
Thesis projects: Fine-jewellery, Goldsmith jewellery, Silversmith, Watch and Accessories, for a specific theme “Changes and contrasts emanating from disturbed balance and induced chaos”. Relationship between man and nature, nature and city, city and development/underdevelopment. Environmental and social realities which oppose each other strongly bring about dualism. Third place in the ‘GIOVANI TALENTI’ competition in the 2003-2004 edition of ‘APRITI IED’ 2003-2004, where I presented my thesis project and took part in the fashion show “Changes and contrasts" with belt accessories.
Jewellery and Accessories Designer AWARD The theme of this event was on protecting the atmosphere and on reducing waste. Project reading key: invent, create, recycle. The project was a vehicle to illustrate social and environmental concern through fashion, accessories and jewellery (sponsor Latte Sano). It was shown in Turin, Milan, Padova, with final exhibition in Palazzo Ruspoli, in ‘via del Corso’ Rome, and sponsored by the environmental non-profit association LEGA AMBIENTE.
Researched new shapes and new cutting techniques for coral and semi-precious stones. Created a jewelry design with the aim of convincing and satisfying new market requirements, using creativity to design unique pieces of jewelry.
Accessories and Jewellery Designer AWARD Conceived the design concept "Tiara" with flower accessories for the line project: 'FEMININE ICONS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY' , Edition 2003-2004 (sponsor Wella).