KIRSTIE MACLAREN jewellery meets Fundação Champalimaud <BR> <BR> by Charles Correa | meetyourMOOD

28 November 2017

KIRSTIE MACLAREN jewellery meets Fundação Champalimaud

by Charles Correa

 DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE 
connections actions and reactions  

This story starts from a spontaneous observation 
Why, at some point, a significant number of architects approach jewellery design? 

What architecture and jewellery do have in common?   

Along this photographic journey, we'll be exploring cities and architectures
through the scale of the design of the little weareable objects.

WHAT's the link? Let's find out! 





LOCATION : 
Fundação Champalimaud 
Belem, Lisbon


The mission of the Foundation is "to develop programmes of advanced biomedical
 research and provide clinical care of excellence, with a focus on translating pioneering
 scientific discoveries into solutions which can improve 
the quality of life of individuals around the world." 

architect:
CHARLES CORREA

"This project uses the highest levels of contemporary science and medicine 
to help people grappling with real problems. And to house 
these cutting-edge activities, we tried to create a piece of architecture. 
Architecture as Sculpture. Architecture as Beauty. Beauty as therapy.”

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Name: KIRSTIE MACLAREN



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WHERE FROM?
                           North London


CURRENT LOCATION.
                           My studio is based in Seven Sisters and I still live in North London.


BEST COFFEE IN TOWN.
                           I have a great independent coffee shop round the corner from my studio, called Craving Coffee. Good coffee is hard to find in Tottenham but this is great and they have amazing food. Always on hand for an afternoon 'pick me up' or lunch with other great jewellers who are in the same studio block.


PAST LOCATION.
                          East London. I used to live in Leyton and work in Hackney. Sadly, the studio rent is very high in East London and when I needed more space, it meant that I couldn't afford to stay in the area.


BEST TRAVEL EVER.
                          That's a big tie between the Outer Hebrides in Scotland and Iceland. Both are out of this world beautiful. Like seriously, seriously beautiful. The Isle of Harris, in the Outer Hebrides had the most incredible plants and animals alongside carribean looking beaches. Luskentyre beach is stunning. There are great sand dunes with wild rabbits and horses living on them. I am SO desperate to return.


BEST ART GALLERY.
                           Villa Noailles, without doubt. An incredible art space at the top of a steep hill, that overlooks Hyeres, in the South of France. It's modernist villa, built in the 20's and I learnt about the couple who lived there. The Noailles just constantly championed creativity and worked with artists of all mediums to create an actual masterpiece of a house. I remember when I visited I was totally overwhelmed with the interiors but also that amount of brilliant information about the Noailles couple. I felt very in awe. When you reach the garden it has cleverly combined that french classic terracotta tiled vibe and agapanthus plants, but there is a crazy, beautiful section that is just amazing. The view is great, created by a cut out of the exterior wall that frames the view magnificently. Now I just want to go back!!


WHAT DID YOU STUDY?
                            I completed a degree in Jewellery - so far I've stayed very loyal to that haha!


WHERE DO YOU USUALLY WORK FROM?
                            I have a studio in Seven Sisters, Tottenham. Definitely not the most beautiful part of London, and not somewhere on the tourist list but there are many little pockets of creativity, hidden within industrial units. There are lots of designers and makers in this area, as it's more affordable than east London. I have a big, bright, spacious studio that I love. It's messy and gets grubby with jewellery making but I wouldn't have it any other way.


WHEN DID YOU FIRST START THINKING OF JEWELLERY MAKING?

                            Well, when fashion designers say they made clothes for their Barbies, I did that, but I also pieced their ears!? Maybe it was then? I always had a ridiculous bead collection when I was younger and was constantly making. It took a long while for me to realise I could actually have a career creating jewellery though. I felt very distracted by fashion/textiles, thinking I would go down that route. It was a big light bulb moment when I realised I should be making jewellery.


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DEFINE ARCHITECTURE.
Ooooo that's tricky. Obviously it's designing a space to be lived in, 
or a structure that serves a purpose, or even a space in the open air...
but it's so much more than that. The spectrum is so vast and I love that there are

SO many styles and purposes to architecture. I am so, so in love with Modernism, 
Brutalism but these are very striking statements, that evoke disgust 
and hate in other people! I love the features, internally and on the exterior that 
are used to make up iconic buildings and the shapes within these, 
affect my own designs for jewellery. I am still yet to put my finger 
on what it is that I am SO drawn to with architecture. That doesn't exactly answer the questions.

 Maybe it's spaces for humans to experience and feel
whether that's a theatre, designed to make watchers get caught up in the moment, 
or the music, or other spaces to create the sense of feeling small. 
It's a very hard questions to answer.


WHAT JEWELLERY MEANS TO YOU.
Jewellery is something that can have an incredible amount of sentiment and meaning. I don't think there is anything else that is worn by a human that evokes such strong tendencies. 

I am an so, so anti high street, mass produced jewellery.
 It makes my skin crawl. 

Feelings within jewellery don't just have to be remembrance or expensive symbols, but can signify confidence and power, just solely to you. 

I sometimes buy a stone to remind me of an event. I have an opal for my first London Fashion Week, made into a necklace and my most recent item is a tourmaline stone for my 30th birthday, which I'm setting into a ring that looks like a tiny piece of architecture - it's all blocky. It sort of reminds me of the building 1 Poultry in the City of London. I'm so excited.

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WHAT INSPIRES YOU.
                               I feel very lucky to be in a time where being your own boss is becoming more normal. Many of my friends are self employed and I'm surrounded by very talented, hard working people. It's good to be around people like that, I feel very honoured to have such brilliant friends with great businesses! I can't help but be inspired by jewellery though...starting from the beautiful Art Deco earrings with geometric stones and enamels or shapes in the bakelite jewellery of the same era. It's just in Scandinavians blood to design well (what is that!?) you can't ignore the iconic great architect called Hans Hansen who created some great jewellery too (which still looks SO GOOD) and Georg Jensen, which seems a bit department store these days but the 1960's pieces are so amazing


FAVOURITE MATERIALS.
                              It's got to be yellow gold. Such a lovely material to work with but I also love silver and the way it's more affordable and pieces can be a little big bigger and gives you a bit of freedom to experiement. Many of my pieces start life in paper though, I love playing with shapes and creating folds to see what happens in 3D quickly. Choosing stones is always really fun and there are just so many beautiful styles/colours/cuts.


WHAT DO YOU NEED IN THE MORNING TO MAKE YOU HAPPY.
                            Coffee, a podcast and a cuddle with my pet house rabbits.


YOUR MOOD, NOW.
                            Slightly stressed and overwhelmed but I'm working on really exciting commissions at the moment. I'm finally getting customers who come to me because they like my style, and what me to work like that, as opposed to they just need a jeweller to create a solitaire ring. Just need a few extra days please.


MEETyouMOOD is?
                            Incredibly inspiring. It seems the colours you use in your blog posts appeal to me and make me feel mmmmmmmm I think because there are lots of lovely jewel tones. I also love how textural your collages are and it has just inspired me to do a photoshoot with a rich, yummy colour - thank you! [you are welcome ! ;)]


SUNDAY : WHAT AND WHERE.
                           Sundays are normally spent at my allotment. Digging over the ground, prepping for fun crops/picking tomatoes and just generally being wowed by nature and the earth provides. Then, a big cook up, using the things I have grown. It's the best feeling.


THE COLOURS IN YOU BEDROOM.
                           Black and white with pops of colour in art work and that can be changed/added to. Does green count...I have too many plants...
 

Little curiosity: I approached Guadalupe [the model in the pictures] in Chef Nino cafè on a Sunday afternoon at LXfactory [Belem, Lisbon]. The mood board for the shooting was already prepared and the location selected. After a little introduction and a business card, I left her with her friends [I after discovered they actually were her sister and cousin] hoping that she would have get back to me, eventually... not too long later, she came to me full of enthusiasm, to tell me that she was happy to take part of this adventure, and saying "I know a perfect place for you, it's Fundação Champalimaud !!

By the way, she is studying to become a doctor, 
any more S E R E N D I P I T Y ?? ;)


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