Zoe Robertson is an award winning jewellery artist, as well as researcher at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University. Zoe currently explores the relationship between performance and jewellery, in particular the alliance of object, body and space. She openly explores materials which are the driving force behind her work, and ultimately surpasses the boundaries of what is possible. Her collections are theatrical in scale and designed to create kinaesthetic sensations, based on tactility, sensuality and physicality. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Zoe Robertson.
Image Credit: 1-5) FlockOmania (Christian Kipp)
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I create theatrical sculptural jewellery which extends and transforms the body silhouette, these sculptural forms are created from a wide variety of materials which serve to inform the visual aesthetic.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I have a hands on approach to design, whereby I design via making and enjoying solving three dimensional problems. Experimentation and creative play are at the heart of my creative process.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
My forthcoming solo show FlockOmania brings together a range of talented people who have helped bring this project to fruition. Their expertise has helped me realise my ambition of which I greatly respect and admire, in particular my collaborative relationship with my dance partners Dr Natalie Garret Brown and Amy Voris has been the catalyst for this work. In addition my studio partners at The Dual Works continually challenge and inspire my creative thinking.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
Experimentation and creative play are the most important parts of my practice. Keeping my eyes open by observing the way in which my surrounding look and how things works also helps spark ideas.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
I have an inherent love of making things. I’ve had to be proactive seeking out opportunities, with a dogged drive and determination. Despite difficult times and challenges it is the enjoyment of making my work which gives me the motivation and strength to move forward.