Five fellow graduates and I received the call from our former tutor Hannah Martin, enquiring whether we would like to design three collections for the jewellery brand Tateossian. Excited, I accepted the offer and went to the preliminary meeting at their impressive offices to meet with Robert Tateossian.
After meeting the Tateossian team, we were introduced by Robert to our brief, which was left quite open. However, he did specify that he wanted the pieces to fit into the sensibilities of the brand.
Following the meeting I set about developing five rough concepts; researching; making mood boards and drawing preliminary sketches. Finally I settled for three main ideas, including a starlight inspired collection, a positive and negative theme and a nautical collection. The designs and mood boards were then presented to Robert and the Tateossian team and my interlocking positive and negative collection was chosen for me to develop further.
Looking at architecture, bold geometric shapes and the Bauhaus movement I developed a mood board to inspire the men’s collection, and I began to develop a collection that used rare earth magnets to create interesting and interactive clasps.
Following our third meeting with Robert and the technical team we decided that I should branch out with my designs and develop a women’s collection, with the tricky aim of making magnets and magnetic clasps feminine and sophisticated. I’m currently looking at key shapes that Tateossian is known for, including the rounded square and the pebble shape, which I will manipulate to use in my designs.
Using coloured stones in this collection will be very important to me because, before starting at Central Saint Martins (CSM), I studied for two years in a BA in Painting at Camberwell College of the Arts, painting huge eight foot bright and colourful paintings, which seems a bit of jump now that I make small pieces of jewellery, with often the most intricate of parts.
Before starting at CSM I started a small business with Michael Hatcher (my boyfriend) that has funded my studies for the past three years, so while designing for Tateossian I have been focused on developing our new collection, which will be launching in September under our new name Hollie for Hatcher.