Kirsten Manzi

Kirsten Manzi is one of the six New Designers selected to exhibit with us at the Barbican this winter. Here she is interviewed by DJG member Petra Bishai.

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P.B. Your work has clear narrative what stories inspire your designs?

K.M. Mainly stories I’ve collected while travelling. After spending time working and studying in America I built up a scrapbook of photographs, tickets, postcards and letters. Small reminders of time spent, usually left forgotten on a shelf and rarely looked at.  My designs expresses a personal narrative of these stories. of my own travels and memories.

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P.B. How do feel about working to commission and producing work that tells another person’s story?

K.M. I am more than happy to offer customers a commission service where they can work with me to turn their own memories and experiences into a unique piece of jewellery inspired by the people, places and moments they treasure.

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P.B. What mementoes are you currently working with?

K.M. I’m actually not long home from an inter-rail trip around Europe. So I’m working with a collection of photographs, tickets, sketches and memories from this trip.  I’m also in talks with a photographer friend (Declan Franklin) about a potential collaboration focusing on the architecture in my home city Dundee.

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P.B. You draw upon architecture in your work, what buildings particularly inspire you?

K.M. With architecture it’s not so much any particular building, I enjoy the patterns, shapes and structures. I love the geometry of architecture.

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P.B. Where and what is the Criterion?

K.M. The Commodore Criterion Building is an empty building in New York which used to hold the offices of various toy firms and is famous for having a permanent Christmas display in the windows. It’s located in New York City where Broadway and Fifth Avenue split.

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You can see and buy Kirsten’s work from the Designer Jewellers Group stand in the Barbican, London, until 1st January 2014.

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