Designer Spotlight: Ruby Pilven

Where do you find inspiration?

My work’s idiosyncratic nature draws on contemporary influences, such as music, design and culture. I am heavily influenced by my mother’s use of colour in her 2D and 3D works, my father’s lustre work in the ‘80s and his organic throwing sensibility.

I am inspired by the Japanese ceramic technique of Nerikomi; the overuse of gold in ancient civilisations; old masters such as Miro, Matisse and Pollock; and everyday living experiences such as the natural swells of the beach tide, middle eastern fabric patterns, the natural colourants from fruits, and the flocking of birds in the sky. 

What is your “go to” piece of jewellery at the moment?

I have a pair of black and white porcelain triangle earrings I made, which I wear every week. When I am not wearing these I wear lots of earrings that I have collected from across the world and from different artisans. I like my bright neon orange dangles I bought in a small village in Thailand I visited earlier this year.

Do you have a morning / evening ritual?

I don't in the morning as I hate waking up. In the evening I always try and accomplish something creatively, whether its putting together necklaces, gluing earrings or replying to emails. This is "my night time work time" which I like, as I can chill and normally do it with the TV on, or music playing.

What is your earliest jewellery memory?

Riffling through my mum's jewellery box and wearing it when playing dress up.

Do you have a favourite quote or saying?

One of my favourite quotes from contemporary ceramic artist Grayson Perry is “creativity is mistakes”. I live by this quote. To keep myself motivated and to overcome creative blocks I always explore, experiment and make mistakes. I seem to have my most creative realisations when I take risks and leave a little of my process to chance. 

What is your idea of “a perfect Sunday”?

Going to Daylesford and having lunch with a friend or family member, and then a nice stroll around Lake Wendouree. 

Which country is next on your bucket list?

I would love to go to New Zealand - haha - even though it is so close. I really want to go as it looks so beautiful.

What is your favourite food?

I absolutely love Japanese food! I have been to Japan twice and would love to go again so I can eat myself silly. 

Check out Ruby's designer profile for further insight into her processes and the story behind her work.

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