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Rosa Pietsch creates imaginative statement jewellery using an innovative combination of acrylic and Perspex, wood, and hand-cast resin. Her graphic designs range from pretty-yet-intelligent geometric earrings to seriously eye-catching statement pieces.
Rosa has always been creative. She says, “My mum is a textile designer and interior stylist, and my dad is an artist, so I was always surrounded by art materials, colour and textiles. My parent encouraged my creativity from an early age and I as a child I could often be found painting, drawing or making things”. As a teenager she made kitsch plectrum earrings, selling them on eBay for spare cash.
Rosa graduated with a first class degree in fashion design with business studies from the University of Brighton in 2015. She started her career in textiles and accessory design for a womenswear brand, working in design and product development, but during the evenings she busied herself making jewellery which she sold at local markets. People snapped up her work, she introduced more designs, and, like her trademark leaf earrings, her brand grew organically. In 2015 she went full-time, working from a studio in south London, but is now based in larger premises in Bristol.
“Coming from a fashion and textiles background, most of my inspiration tends to come from print, pattern and embroidery” Rosa says. “I love to research textile design from around the world and often find inspiration in vintage pieces”. She also cites junk-shop jewellery, geometric shapes, colour, texture, nature and architecture as elements that spark her creativity.
The materials and the processes she uses also fire her imagination. Working with her father sparked her love of resin, and she started laser cutting after a short course in vector drawing. “I began wondering if the two techniques would look good when combined, I started experimenting with the idea and after a lot of trial and error, I ended up with a technique that I was really happy with”.And so her distinctive way of combining hand-cast resin with inlaid laser-cutting was born.
This combination of different textures and colours– mirrored and opaque acrylics, hand-cast resin with gold leaf or marbled effects – direct her design. She starts by drawing the shapes by hand. She then casts the resin, mixing it with gold leaf, silver leaf and holographic flakes, adding depth, texture and “a lot of sparkle” – it’s a bit like alchemy. The laser cut shapes are then filled with the resin, and finally Rosa assembles and glues the components.
Images Nicholas Jessup.
Rosa loves the hands-on nature of jewellery making. She says, “I love designing and making something from start to finish. I enjoy every aspect of the process and I find it so satisfying to see the finished piece. I’m so glad I made the scary decision to work for myself!”
Rosa’s work is thoughtful, pretty and unique. We adore the unusual colour combinations and clashes of texture. From elevated essentials to traffic-stopping statement pieces, we think you’ll fall in love with her work too.