Meet Dominika. She’s originally from Slovakia, but she now lives in Glasgow.
I’m such a fan of linear, sculpted jewellery, so Dominka’s designs really appealed to me from the very first time I saw them.
Her work is inspired by DNA – can’t you see just see it?
Here she talks about her work….
How would you describe your jewellery?
As wearable art – contemporary, unique linear designs.
What materials do you use?
I use contemporary materials of laser cut card and spray paint, alongside more traditional precious metals, predominantly silver.
Where do you create your jewellery?
I have a studio in The Briggait, a beautiful Wasps studios building in central Glasgow.
Your jewellery is so beautifully sculptural, where do first get ideas for your designs?
I’m inspired by DNA, aesthetically and conceptually. I love the visual of the double helix, the repeated layers of linear pattern and twisted forms, which I replicate in my work.
I’m also fascinated by the intricacies of the human genetic make-up, and that our DNA’s so uniformly structured, yet highly individual. I try to convey this in my work by primarily making one-off pieces with their own personalities, using a very similar starting point for each one.
You’re based in Glasgow – where there seem to be so many talented jewellery designers – what do you think Glasgow’s secret is?
Glasgow has a fantastic art and design history and the current makers are the continuation of that. There’s an amazing creative community.
From the Glasgow School of Art and the many art colleges that give us the foundations, to the studios, organisations and independent shops that allow us to continue our practice, showcase our work, and meet like minded people.
Glasgow is definitely one to watch and I cannot wait to see more and more talent emerge from the city I love so much.
What’s the favourite piece in your jewellery collection?
Currently my absolute favourites are the Cocoon Pins – they are a first step of the new, slightly different direction I want to take my practice in. I loved making them as much as I love the finished product! I think they have a really unique, elegant shape and are just a perfect, statement accessory.
What’s the piece you’re most proud of creating?
It’s got to be the Twist Brooch, which has become a bit of a signature piece for my business. It was one of the first pieces I made when I started my business, and I just love the flowing twisted form, the mint colour (which is one of my brand colours) and the impact it makes when being worn.
What’s your favourite part of being a Jewellery Designer?
Making art as a job is pretty amazing!
What’s your proudest moment of being a Jewellery Designer?
That would definitely be participating in the well-established Dazzle exhibitions – Dazzle @ OXO last Christmas, and the Dovecot Studios showcase during Edinburgh festival this summer. I can’t wait to present a new collection at this year’s Christmas Dazzle!
You have such an amazing name! Where does it originate from?
I am originally from Slovakia, I moved to Scotland when I was 13 years old. I used to hate my name because it’s so common where I’m from. But now I love that it’s unique and makes me stand out a little!
How important is jewellery design to you?
Expressing myself creatively is massively important to me, and has been since I was a child. A hobby became a degree, which then became a business. But behind it all has always been a need to make, to create something out of an idea in my head. It happens to be jewellery, as that’s what I enjoy making the most!
What do you love about jewellery?
Contemporary jewellery is a unique way of expressing a personality and style. It’s also a fantastic conversation starter, and can often carry a lot of meaning and memories for the wearer.
Personally, my favourite thing about jewellery is that it is a very approachable form of art.
How do you juggle all the different aspects of the job?
I am a huge fan of lists – if it’s not written down, it won’t get done!
What advice would you give to people looking to buy jewellery from independent makers, but who don’t know where to look or how to go about it?
One of the best ways to discover handmade jewellery is to go to a craft or design market and see the variety of jewellery from makers and small businesses in real life. That way you get to touch it, try it on, and speak to the person that made it!
Otherwise, I would say social media (Instagram in particular), is a fantastic space for craft and design.
A jeweller has to be very multi-skilled – i.e. web designer, photographer, tea maker etc! How do you find that?
I certainly didn’t realise how much time and energy goes into actually running a business, as opposed to just making things – it’s been a steep learning curve.
I really quite enjoy the variety though, and I think it’s a very positive thing to have new challenges to overcome regularly, and to get the chance to develop a huge number of skills.
Jewellers often have to work flexible hours, how does that fit in with the rest of your life?
I’m extremely grateful to be able to set my own schedule most days of the week, as I am definitely not a morning person – I tend to be the most productive in the afternoon/evening. Flexibility can certainly have its downsides too – in my case, it can mean working all hours of every day, because the list of things to do doesn’t ever get smaller.
Implementing a routine and learning how to take time off is something I’ve been working on this year, and getting better at with time.
Dare we mention Christmas? Are you prepared?
For all independent makers, it’s now a race to get everything done for Christmas – preparing for shows, exhibitions, updating online shops.
If you can support a small business this Christmas, even if it’s just buying a small pair of earrings, a mug, or a print, please do! It means the absolute world to us when people choose to spend their money with us.