FROM FIMO TO FINE JEWELLERY – INTERVIEW WITH NIKKI STARK

Having started making Fimo jewellery aged 10, Nikki Stark’s passion for creating beautiful pieces is still going strong. She now crafts beautiful necklaces, earrings and rings using Sterling Silver and other high quality materials. She describes her works as ‘subtle, wearable and never too serious’. This intrigued us…

If you could display your pieces in a shop of your own creation what would the shop be like?

I love the idea of opening a shop, I would try to find a rabbit warren of an old building and stock a random selection of vintage bits and pieces and designer/makers work. It would be great to have a tea shop too, and sell gorgeous cakes. It’s my plan for if I ever win the lottery.

Do you let the above influence any area of your creative business? e.g. does this influence the style of your work or how you present it online?

I don’t think I have ever thought particularly about where I see my work being sold, apart from the fact that I absolutely love Liberty’s so having my product stocked there would be a dream.  Apart from that I would love to find small independent stores to stock my work. I make every piece myself and I want to continue doing that so having it mass produced for a huge high street chain doesn’t really appeal.

If you could have your work photographed by an incredible photographer what would the shoot be like?

I give my collections of pieces names based on the personality they develop as I work on them. These characters gain more and more detail in my head as I live with the pieces over time, so I would love to have photography that subtly suggested the stories and characters behind the pieces. I wouldn’t want it to be obvious, but I love soft focus photography with a romantic mood. I would love to shoot my Anastasia collection in St Petersburg, in particular.

Fimo jewellery

What aspect of your creative business gives you most satisfaction and why? 

Making jewellery is what I want to do, I don’t really have much interest in designing for other people and I don’t think I would be much good at it. I tend to do a rough sketch, then make a prototype, which sometimes ends up going in a different direction, then spend some time pondering what I like and don’t like about what I have ended up with. I live with the designs whilst I work out how I feel about them.

I have a selection of different techniques spread across my collections, and I make several of the designs from scratch each time, leaving space for each one to turn out slightly different. My sailing boats in particular I start each time with only a vague idea of what I want to do and let each one take a slightly different direction so they are all unique.

I also like to do individual commissions for people, and make totally one off pieces.

Do you look to any design or style gurus/icons for inspiration? Who is it and why? How is this reflected in your final pieces?

There are loads of people who inspire me. I find it very hard to pin down exactly where an idea has come from. I do love really glamorous film stars, possibly because I am a bit scruffy and they give me something to aspire to. My Lorelei cocktail rings are named after a Marilyn Monroe character, she is such a glamorous figure.

In terms of designers, I love people who have a strong style of their own and stick with it. I think you can always see whether someone is designing from the heart, or trying to think about what will sell and working from the viewpoint. I love to see someone’s own personality and unique ideas reflected in their work.

Do you have a favourite designer on Two Red Trees?

I would love a few of Tom Bland’s photographs for my walls, and some cosy Seven Gauge Studio cushions for my sofa. It is hard to pick there are so many gorgeous things.

See Nikki’s whole range here.