Eloise Kramer is a British designer/maker who tells romantic, whimsical stories through jewellery. Developing poetic narratives though, she balances figurative elements inspired by art and nature with clean line and colour. The way she experiments with unusual combinations of materials and processes, whilst being respectful of the heritage and craftsmanship of jewellery particularly impressed the BYG 2019 judges.
We caught up with Eloise ahead of IJL 2019 to discuss her collections, inspirations and Bright Young Gem experience.
What made you want to apply to be a Bright Young Gem at IJL 2019?
I was looking for the next step a year on from graduating from the BA Jewellery Design course at Central Saint Martins, Bright Young Gems seemed like the perfect opportunity. As a young designer IJL provides a fantastic platform to present my work to a wider audience and to start moving my career forward.
What are you most looking forward to during your Bright Young Gem experience?
Meeting with industry professionals and jewellery enthusiasts, sparking exciting conversations about jewellery, establishing new relationships, gaining advice and constructive feedback.
Tell us about where you get your inspiration from?
References from art history are woven throughout my work, whilst contemporary sculpture provides me with ideas for new material choices and interesting forms. The symbolism and romance embedded in antique jewellery informs my approach to design. I am always on the look out for beautiful things to spark new ideas.
Tell us a little about the work you will be bringing to IJL 2019?
Romantic, colourful pieces inspired by nature. This collection allows the wearer to tell their own story through the pieces they choose to wear. Still life scenes come to life on the body: stacks of insect rings swarm around the juicy peach statement ring when worn together. It is playful and imaginative.
When did you first discover your love of jewellery?
I have always had an eye for detail. Jewellery is an object that evokes emotion: the sensitive approach required for its design appealed to me. Jewellery lies between art and design, product and sculpture, line and form. The questions it raises regarding value and preciousness intrigue me.
Who would you love to see wearing your jewellery?
A whimsical women, unusual, playful, and unpredictable who brings my work to life with her spirit.
If you had to summarise your brand in a couple of words, what would you use?
Ethereal beauty with a contemporary aesthetic.
Make sure to register for your FREE ticket to IJL 2019 and pay a visit to the cutting-edge talent on the KickStart and Bright Young Gem collective stand in the prestigious design gallery.