I’m head-over-heels in love with Maria Black’s jewellery so imagine how happy I was to hear she was up for being interviewed, by me.
London-based, Maria was born in Copenhagen to an Irish father and a Danish mother. She trained in both Copenhagen and London and received the highest honours in her Goldsmith degree. Her hard-work and dedication have led to the opening of her first flagship store in Copenhagen, earlier this year.
What was your inspiration for your latest collection?
My latest collection was a part 2 of Eclectic Avenue where I explored African tribal imagery and tried to re-imagine how it would have looked, had it been made in Scandinavia, adding a healthy dash of geometric shapes and minimalism.
Which material do you most enjoy working with, and why?
I am a precious metal girl, I was classically trained as a Goldsmith and I love the sustainability and heirloom feel you get from buying silver and gold.
Who would you most like to see wearing your jewellery?
I have a girl crush on Rooney Mara at the moment. After her Lisbeth Salander role she seems to embody a tough girl with a real fragile quality to her. It’s quite fascinating.
Would you describe your personal style as more London or Copenhagen?
In London I look like a Copenhagen girl and in Copenhagen I look like a London girl. I always say that my design ethos is the love child of them both. I suppose I’m getting there myself.
Describe a typical day in the life of Maria Black.
I live and work in Bethnal Green and Haggerston, respectively. A typical day is rolling out of bed and throwing on whatever protrudes from my cupboard. Cycling to work and working 8-10 hours in my studio, weekends included. My only excitement are the fashion weeks where I get to go out and see all the other designers that are also cooped up in their studios. It takes long hours and dedication to be productive.
What’s your favourite stage when creating a new design?
I make every single design myself so my favourite moment is leaning back at my jewellery bench and looking at a new piece thinking I can’t wait to wear that!
My top 5 hangouts in London are…
Broadway Market for general chat and drinks, Hackney Wick for late nights, Hackney Farm for breakfast, V&A jewellery department and Monmouth Coffee in Borough Market for the best coffee in town.
When in Copenhagen I love to…
See my friends and my family. I am social 24/7 when in Copenhagen land. Jesus they know how to party and ‘hygge*’.
What advice would you give young designers that want to pursue a career like yours?
Believe! In every aspect of what you have to offer that no one else has. Work hard and work a bit harder than the one next to you.
Do you have a hobby?
Ha ha, I’ve been wanting to get one for a while. I don’t know any creatives with hobbies. Our work is our hobby.
What do you do to switch off?
Television, it numbs my brain.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Sci-Fi books and films, add a bit of dragons and unicorns and I’m right there!
My mother always told me to…
Believe in myself. She’s cool as f***!
Today I’m wearing…
High-waisted black stump trousers, Japanese black platforms, a black tee…tucked in ;-£
Something people don’t know about me is…
My good friends know this. I have a theme tune for anything I do. I hum/sing a lot. For example; if I am annoyed, I hum the theme from Star Wars whenever Darth Vader appears.
Thank you so much Maria, x
You must visit Maria’s website to see all the lovely pieces she makes, or visit Net-a-Porter for some of the key pieces this season. Her Gold Diamond Cut Collection is great if you’re looking for a modern investment piece.
*hygge = relaxing with good friends or loved ones, often while enjoying good food and something to drink or creating a more friendly atmosphere by lighting a few candles