Mirka Janeckova is a jewellery designer who likes to see her jewellery as a way to express peoples emotions, hopes and memories.
Here she talks us through her desires for the future and discussed her newest work which is inspired by surrealism and creatures…
When did you launch the brand and what was the reason behind it?
I started in September 2013 but the real launch happened a year later. I had a lot of interest in my work quite soon after I graduated from Glasgow School of Art so it convinced me to start my own brand. I spent a year as Artist in Residence at the same institution so I had time, space and great support to develop my ideas further.
What is your inspiration?
My jewellery is inspired by the landscapes of the deep sea and I am using exclusively white materials – Parian porcelain, pearls and Sterling silver. I love using porcelain – it is beautiful, sensual material. Porcelain pieces appear fragile but they are surprisingly durable with hardness 7 on Mohs scale – the same as most semiprecious stones. Hand build porcelain gives me freedom of artistic expression. It has the potential to be shaped into virtually any form and challenges restricted traditional cuts of gemstones. Porcelain is a trend now, luxury jewellery brands such as Boucheron and Bulgari realized the potential of using clay and start to incorporate ceramic part into their collections.
Whats your background?
I am originally from Prague, Czech Republic. I used to be a teacher but then I changed career and trained as a jeweler in Scotland at GSA and now at Royal College of Art.
What is the hardest challenge you have faced since you started the company?
I miss free weekends, running your own business is definitely not 9-5 job.
2015 is here, where do you plan on taking the brand?
I just launched White Pearls collection so this winter will be all about pearls. I am starting to think about what next – I would like to carry on with water theme but this time I will use gemstones such as opals (which is actually Quartz with water chemically bound inside) and aquamarines.
To date, what has been the highlight since launching?
I think winning Editor’s Choice for The Most Innovative Collection for my porcelain and silver White Collection was great. I like to be seen as innovative designer and I am happy that porcelain is perceived as an interesting material for jewellery industry.
Which city do you feel most at home in, London, Paris or New York?
London – I think it’s the friendliest of all three
Three beauty products you can’t leave the house without?
I have been using organic baby cream instead of moisturizer for years – they are the best for sensitive skin, then lip balm and mascara.
How you communicate with the people visually. I admire people who are able to express themselves freely.
Best thing about London to you?
Culture – in very broad sense
Statement shoe or statement bag?
I am a bag person. I like independent designers like spanish brand TIKA or London‘s Larissa Hadjio.
If you had to, what item from your wardrobe would you wear every day?
Skirt, I don’t really like wearing trousers
Best place for a coffee?
Tate members room – the best view
Most memorable piece of advice given to you?
Do not take things personally – people are nasty because they are not happy.
Chips and cheese
If you could spent 24 hours anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Diving on the Great Barrier Reef – something I dream about for a long time.
In future, how do you plan on expanding the company?
I would like to move gradually into more sustainable practices in my production. In my new collection I want to use mainly fair-trade metals and ethically sourced gems. I think this is a very good trend and something all jewellery designers should consider.