by Marie-Christin Tripolt

Lia Gonçalves is an in Portugal based jewelry designer who likes to keep it simple. With Jute Fashion Magazine she talked about her latest collection, her inspiration therefor and of course the uniqueness of her pieces. Read about the talented designer and get inspired by the minimalism and beauty of the Coral collection.

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The Coral collection is based on the idea of actual corals which your father collected in the 80’s. What was so inspiring for you about corals to make a whole collection?

 The emotional bond was the first reason to create the collection. But the main reason was of course the natural beauty of corals, their textures can be explored in so many different ways. The desire to understand its complexity made me create two ranges: a daily line, more minimalist, and a special edition with a few unique pieces combining porcelain and silver.

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How long did it take you to finish the Coral collection?

From the idea to the launch, it was almost one year. In my work, concept, design and creation take place simultaneously. The idea comes up and at the same time I start the modeling. It is not enough to imagine, most of the time the piece only gets the final shape during the process.

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When you start a new collection, what are the steps? What is your first and last move?

Experimentation is my first step. Looking at a shape or a texture and thinking of it as jewelry, try to reproduce it in silver, handle it and take the forms to the extreme. I always start with a necklace and after executing it I move to paper and draw the remaining pieces of the collection.

Your pieces usually are very minimalistic. Is there a special reason why you prefer keeping it simple?

 

It has to do with my personality. I identify myself with the subtlety of forms. It interests me much more to explore textures, keeping the shapes simple. On the other hand, minimalism fits my target audience, and at the same time it easily appeals to other potential customers.

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Your pieces usually are very minimalist. Is there a special reason why you prefer keeping it simple?

It has to do with my personality. I identify myself with the subtlety of forms. It interests me much more to explore textures, keeping the shapes simple. On the other hand, minimalism fits my target audience, and at the same time it easily appeals to other potential customers.

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The pieces from your collection are always handmade. Is quality a reason for that?

Not only quality but mainly a certain idea of uniqueness. In my designs the idea of handmade is always connected with the unpredictability of finishes, textures and dimensions. I always want to get unrepeatable products in the details, making each piece very unique.

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Do you have a favorite piece in your collection?

I cannot have a favorite one. I design the pieces thinking of the target and not for myself. I am very proud of the collection as a whole. I like everything I do, but I am particularly proud of the pieces that can be adapted: detachable earrings and pendants that can be pendants, rings or even earrings. You can find them in several collections such as the Moon and Planets series.

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What type of woman do you see wearing your jewelry? 

Contemporary women, with a very selective taste, which are engaged with art and design but also looking for pieces with a delicate touch.

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Finally, what inspirers you the most? Are there special places or situations in which you are the most creative?

Travel and nature are essential to me, but my greatest inspiration is the creative process, the chance to explore the material to the limit through unconventional and experimentation.

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photographer: João Gigante

stylist/concept: Andreia Fonseca / Whoa

hair/makeup: Retrovisor Atelier da Imagem

model: Joana Nunes

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