We hadn’t even had a chance to put on our cap and gowns before we found ourselves sitting looking out at the canal in Tateossian’s beautiful London office.
Having just emerged from Central Saint Martins Jewellery Design, I can say on behalf of all six of us we were immensely excited to start work right away with Tateossian to celebrate their landmark 20th year.
At Saint Martins we produced a wide range of work from commercial to catwalk jewellery. So I came out feeling confident we could all bring cutting edge designs to the table whilst making them commercial. Suddenly we had Robert Tateossian and Hannah Martin in front of us and the whole experience suddenly felt very real and very daunting. Robert’s clear, focused and enthusiastic description of his brand set us on our way and we were back with our initial concepts three weeks later.
When celebrating a landmark year, one looks both backwards at all that has been achieved, and forward to all that is yet to come. This idea is the driving force behind my designs. My starting point was the simple motif of a 20-sided die. This form has certainly put my 3D drawing skills to the test but I feel I’ve finally conquered it and am enjoying stretching the motif to form novel 20th anniversary versions of Tateossian’s signature pebble shape for both men and women.
I grew up abroad in the Sultanate of Oman and moved permanently back to London at the age of eighteen to study at Central Saint Martins. I was actually out visiting my family who still live over in the Middle East to see my brother perform in a show in Dubai, when I got the call from Hannah about this exciting venture.
Air miles accounted for, I was on a plane the next morning to make the first meeting. I simply couldn’t miss the opportunity to work with Tateossian and Hannah Martin in a design project involving Christies and an incredible judging panel.