WALL London talks to jewellery designer Ros Millar about her inspirations, her future work and how excited she is to have WALL London as a new stockist.
Jewellery Designer Ros Millar has had a pretty great year – she was earlier this year awarded the London-based New Designer of the Year 2013 award. Previously, she has been an International Jewellery London Kickstarter, has scooped up top mentoring awards and won high profile stockists. She was named a NexGem in the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2012 and won the Cockpit Arts Clear Award 2012 which has gave the designer studio space and business development support for one year.
Ros combines her conceptual and production skills in her exploration of material and colours, employing novel processes such as cuttlebone casting and photo-etching. She designs all of her pieces at the Cockpit Arts studios in Holborn (they have an annual open day which is well worth visiting if you are in London).
What inspires your design process?
R: I am inspired by nature, landscapes, colour, pattern, fashion and aesthetics of different materials – the list could go on. I enjoy the process of making and experimenting and focusing on creating organic textures and themes to all my pieces and collections. Most of my collections are developed purely through the process of making and experimenting within the technique of cuttlebone casting [which dates backs to the Renaissance].
How has your design process changed?
R: My first collection didn’t have such a strong focus on a large selection of jewellery pieces (it was mainly rings and necklaces) and that has brought me to design my most recent collection in a different way. By focusing on pieces being designed with pen to paper rather than designing through making, I had a much better idea of what pieces were popular so have included a wider range of pieces such as earrings, necklaces and rings with both statement pieces and finer pieces.
What's next for Ros Millar?
R: We are very excited to be taking on several new stockists, including WALL London, and exploring the international market too. As always, we are continuously working on bespoke commissions for clients and encouraging people to come along to the Open Studio events. Later in the year, the brand will launch a new collection called Fortress – inspired by medieval stories - as well as adding lines to the popular Meteor collection. We have just launched a new brand campaign with updates to our packaging and website - we shot the campaign recently back in Belfast, close to where I grew up, with a Northern Irish model and photographer. I am also trying new shows such as Best of Britannia in October which takes place in Farringdon, London, which is very close to the studio, where all of my jewellery is designed and made [Cockpit Arts in Holborn].
Are you doing anything extra special for Christmas?
R: Christmas is set to be extra busy this year as I am taking on a collaborative pop-up shop for two months at Somerset House with jewellery designers Clarice Price Thomas and Myia Bonner. We have been busy planning this for the last three months and will open in November. Not only have we plans in place for remainder of 2013 but also looking forward to a busy 2014, with more collaborative collections with other designers and new shows planned.