IJL Inspired: Interview with KickStart winner, Hannah Blackwood

IJL Inspired: Interview with KickStart winner, Hannah Blackwood

Hannah Blackwood Jewellery aims to inspire the wearer to make the most of everyday and to live like it was their last day. Hannah marries traditional jewellery making with the latest computer assisted design techniques in the creation of her pieces. These innovative techniques and unique designs inspired and intrigued our judges. We caught up with Hannah ahead of IJL to discuss her inspirations, collections and what you can expect to see from her at the show.

What made you want to apply to be a KickStarter at IJL 2019?

I wanted to apply to KickStarter because I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to help raise my profile as a jewellery designer.

What are you most looking forward to during your KickStart experience?

I am most looking forward to meeting other designers and suppliers from all over the world and of course exploring the gem section.

Tell us about where you get your inspiration from?

I’m heavily inspired by the Memento Mori of the 15th to 17th century, I think it is the perfect reminder on how to live your life. I translate that inspiration through my fascination with pocket watches and their internal workings. I’m also inspired by natural form and tattoos.

Tell us a little about the work you will be bringing to IJL 2019?

One of the collections I am bringing is Tempus Fugit. It’s inspired by pocket watches and their internal workings. Some of the pieces are set with rubies and sapphires because traditionally those gems were used as bearings in watches.

When did you first discover your love of jewellery?

When I was 10, I did an enamelling course and I guess my love of jewellery started there. When I was at school and knew I wanted to pursue a career in jewellery and I went to evening glasses and absolutely loved it.

Who would you love to see wearing your jewellery?

I would love to see Pink, Annie Lennox, Dita Von Teese or Florence Welch wearing my pieces.

If you had to summarise your brand in a couple of words, what would you use?

Alternative, edgy and thought-provoking


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.

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