I am forever curious about how and where others create so it is with muchos excitement that I'm kicking off a new little series here showing artists, designers and makers in the spaces where they make the magic happen.
First off the bat is my friend Tania Gnecchi-Ruscone, the talent behind jewellery label Ruusk. I was lucky enough to catch her just before she packed up her light filled Sydney studio for a move to the Netherlands (tis the season!) where she will be establishing the brand again in the next few months. Get ready for lots of sighs and studio envy!
// What's the thing about your work that gets you excited/out of bed in the morning?
There’s nothing better than doing what you love and I feel so lucky to be able to share that with the world. Jewellery is such a powerful medium as it’s one of the few items that can be cherished for years, even generations to come. Creating pieces that can be so treasured is a magical feeling.
// Describe your aesthetic.
Simple, timeless, understated.
// Do you remember a moment when you realised this was what you wanted to do for a living?
Having grown up with two creative entrepreneurs as parents, I suppose I was always destined to design and create.
Although I’ve always been fascinated by jewellery, it wasn’t until I carved my very first ring that I realised that this was something I was meant to do. I was simply in love and there was no turning back.
// What's been the biggest challenge you've faced so far?
Running your own business comes with 101 challenges, however moving overseas has definitely presented me with the highest mountain to climb! New country, new language, tools on a boat at sea… lots of things to conquer and overcome. Nevertheless, it has also given me time to reflect upon what I’ve done and where I hope to go.
// And the biggest accomplishment?
Being able to trust in my ideas and work hard to make them a reality is something I’m really proud of. Having the determination to do what I love has to be my number one accomplishment.
// What’s your favourite creative resource?
There are so many wonderful online creative resources out there however when it comes to design inspiration I prefer to go low-tech. I love looking at old pieces in antique shops and could spend hours looking through old jewellery books. If you just take the time to look, every place, person or thing can provide you with a little inspiration.