We first spotted jewellery designer Sibilia's stunning contemporary jewellery creations at London's V&A museum. We were immediately struck by the bold use of colours coupled with unique shapes to create truly visual jewellery designs.
Sibilia has clearly drawn inspiration from Latin American decorative art and visual culture. The designs sit somewhere between mid-century modern and Pre-Columbian styles which gives the collections their unique feel.
The designs are handmade in their Buenos Aires studio, where bronze, copper and alpaca (a silver-coloured alloy) are manipulated and given their colourful hand-painted patina finish.
We were intrigued to find out a little more about the brain behind Sibilia, Fernanda and her team of 15 artisans who help make this vibrant jewellery and homeware brand come to life.
Here's our 'Designer Spotlight' interview with Fernanda herself:
How did you get into jewellery design? At the age of 23 I concluded my studies at the “Escuela Municipal de Joyería de Buenos Aires”, a prestigious public institution of the city where I learnt the most complex jewelry techniques and skills and became familiar with all kinds of tools, materials and styles. In 1995 I then decided to begin my own business, Sibilia.
How important is it to be ethically minded in today's fashion world? It is really important today to be ethically minded in today´s fashion world. With my art I’m trying to reach a good equilibrium of sustainability and a good climate in my work environment.
What does the future hold for Sibilia? We like to focus a lot more on the creation of colorful and playful objects for the home. Our idea is to make them inspiring and creative to generate a smile.