Recent Goldsmiths’ graduate Ros Millar is a London-based jewellery designer originally from Northern Island and the lady behind her eponymous brand. Ros lives in Whitechapel and works from her studio near Hatton Garden to produce organically-inspired pieces that are stocked on her website, at The Sanderson, Black Box Edinburgh and at Shoreditch boutique Luna & Curious.
Ros first came on my radar a couple of years ago when I featured her on one of Toni&Guy magazine’s style news pages and I’ve been keeping a little magpie eye on her ever since. She is currently working on The Meteor Collection using simple, highly polished geometric shapes in white rhodium and rose gold plated silver. I chatted to the beautiful Ros about her work and find out what she has in store for 2013.
Your work is described as ‘organically-inspired’ can you eleborate on this?
I use cuttlebone casting to produce pieces for special commisions and small batches, which uses natural methods to create casts and leaves a great textured finish, which is different each and every time. While, I don’t use this technique for larger orders, I do handcraft all my work and am largely inspired by nature.
NB. Cuttlebone casting dates backs to the Renaissance and uses the natural bone from cuttlefish to make a aunique mould that is hand carved into the bone. Eacch mould can only be used once, so each piece will have a unique finish.
Aside from nature, what else inspires you and informs your work?
In honesty, everything – music, people, buildings, colour, nights out. I try to visit lost of exhibitions and take time to look at the work of people from other disciplines.
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement to date?
Probably winning The Cockpit Arts / Clear Award – the prize includes sponsorship by The Clear Group, which gives me free studio space and business support for one year. As a fledging artist and business owner I design and make all my pieces and also handle the entire business side of things from the accounts, marketing / PR and social media, so this support is invaluable. I have also been selected as one of Nex Gems in Professional Jewellers Hot 100 2012.
How has your work evolved since graduation?
During my studies I focused alot on material, now my vision is much broader – I think about who will wear each piece, what I want it to look like, how I envisage it will be worn and of course if it will sell. I also have to take into consideration how I am actually going to make each piece without the endless access to machinery and resources that were once at my fingertips!
Tell us abit about The Meteor Collection.
This collection has been my favourite to develop. It is baased around the theme of meteors, using geometric patterns and playing with the idea of growth, scale and repetition on a canvas of white rhodium and rose gold plated silver.
CHRISTMAS GIFT ALERT!
On the first weekend in December Cockpit Arts Studio Space will host an open weekend where anyone is welcome to go and have a nosy in the designers studios with the opportnuity to buy work direct from the designers and makers. A far more lust worthy present than another pair of cashmere socks in a mug from Liberty. Keep an eye on www.cockpitarts.com for more details.
Images all courtesy of Ros Millar