Linda Zelikovska’s laser-cut, geometric and structural jewellery is designed to be interactive, unisex, and viewed as modern art statement pieces. Inspired by modern architecture and interior design, she focusses particularly on repeated line patterns, layers and shapes. Her pieces are often clever optical illusions; looking different depending from which angle they’re viewed; a play on shadows” she says.
We discovered Linda at the New Designers Exhibition in London, a design event which brings together 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from the UK’s leading design courses – the next generation of designers.
Linda was born in Latvia and studied business and marketing at high school before coming to the UK to spend her gap year. Whilst in the UK she discovered a passion for art; completed a foundation course in art and design, and went on to enjoy creating with metal. She went on to study for a BA in jewellery design and related products at Birmingham City University and graduated in 2017.
Since graduating she’s worked full-time at BOHEM, a brand based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, where she designs and makes silver nail jewellery, and also works in sales, social media, and administration. She crafts her jewellery in her spare time.
The design process starts with taking photographs of specific buildings and playing around with their silhouettes in Photoshop. Linda enjoys exploring new technologies and uses CAD programs Rhino and CorelDraw to create her designs, allowing her to achieve precision and detail in her work. Linda then uses traditional jewellery-making techniques to realise her templates, working in metal. The brass is laser cut, and the pieces are soldered, layered, polished and plated in silver or gold, in her workshop.
Highlighted as an emerging talent and an exciting new generation designer, Linda was awarded the 2017 RBSA prize for Creativity and Innovation at Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery 2017 degree show. Work from her graduate collection was on display for a month in the RBSA Craft Gallery. The judges panels aim to “identify work that challenges the boundaries of jewellery, employs the use of interesting materials, effectively utilises new technology and demonstrates excellence in craftsmanship”; qualities that Linda has in spades.
Her work is show-stopping, precise and very modern – we stock her impactful Optical Statement ring.
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