Another chapter about my craft project is going to be open. Today I want to tell you a bit about Comfort Station, a jewellery brand I have discovered a few years ago, while I was visiting Shoreditch as one of those turists that always make the city of London crowded, noisy and happy. As soon as I noticed the shop’s window, I knew I had found something special. I immediately fell in love with all those necklaces and rings inspired by the constellations and the grandness of the universe. Being a real “vintage girl”, I was close to scream of joy seeing how old maps had been used on beautiful pendants, and how books had been hung on the wall to display the jewels. Not to mention the antique instruments, the suitcases, the music paper that were murmuring, together with the bracelets and earrings, words about love and beauty. Since that day I was waiting for the opportunity to photograph the person who was behind that work. And late in January this year I had that opportunity. I was very happy when Amy Anderson, the British fine artist who is the creator and designer of Comfort Station, replied to the email I had sent her saying she was interested in having me in her studio. When the day arrived, and I was friendly welcomed in her own little world (just in the basement of the shop), I was really excited and curious to see her at work. My camera was ready, so my eyes! I always find “behind the scenes” interesting. What can be better than photographing an artist who creates something in front of you? That’s why I want to thank Amy, once again, and leave you with the photo I took that magic afternoon!
My interest in craftsmanship and beautiful handmade pieces of art is as old as my passion for photography. I can say that somehow they both grew up together, since I moved from Rome to Milan and I bought my first camera.
With the idea to complete a documentary series dedicated to craftsmanship, I recently started searching for local artists interested in collaborating on the project. Katie immediately showed me her desire to partecipate, and I could not be more excited when I read her reply to my email. I had already visited her shop, finding it wonderful, and I could not wait to get a deeper look at it again with my camera. Finally that moment arrived, last week. Katie Coston, owner and creator of Illyria Pottery, welcomed me in her studio – right below the shop – with a lovely smile while working on some new ceramic pieces. I spent there some time, taking photos at her modeling bowls and vases and speaking about her business, first launched in the United States, the country Katie is from. I ended shooting a few more pictures in her shop, fascinated by the way each item is displayed, by the minimal yet accurate composition, and the smart use of vintage furnitures-objects.
Since my words will never say enough about Illyria Pottery’s great work, take a few seconds to relax and have a look at the photos! One more line to thank Katie for her friendliness, and to invite you all to visit her shop in Oxford, and her website: http://illyriapottery.co.uk.
I love jewels and you can guess how happy I was to take photos at the International Jewellery in London, last September, for Source Culture Company (www.sourceculture.co.uk). Great designers, sparkling gems and interesting events (also a catwalk you’ll see below) made our day!