Taking the beauty and imagination found in fairy tales, ARTS THREAD member Ronnie Chan graduated from Central Saint Martins before starting his own label. Having received positive feedback for his work at Designersblock 2013, we talked to Ronnie about his work and showcasing with Designersblock 2014.
AT: Tell us a little about yourself. How has your year been since showing with Designersblock in 2013?
Ronnie Chan: My name is Ronnie and I was born in Hong Kong. I studied MA Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins College from 2011 to 2013. After I graduated, I started my own brand – Rhapsody in Forest in London. Rhapsody in Forest is about a beauty and imagination with a fairy-tale story. In September 2013, I showed my architectural jewellery in DesignersBlock at Southbank Centre. I got very positive feedback and some contacts from the show. It was very meaningful for a newly started business. Luckily, I got a prize from the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Competition 2014 which encouraged me to keep doing my own brand.
AT: What are you showing at Designersblock during the London Design Festival this year?
RC: I continue what I found inspiring from the Baroque style for my contemporary jewellery. I believe the essence of the Baroque is related to the complexity of layers instead of floral and leafy elements. You can see a classical motif from my jewellery but it combines with new materials. For this latest collection, I start to use precious material such as gold-plated silver to enhance the value of the whole collection.
AT: What do you hope to gain from exhibiting at London Design Festival this year?
RC: I hope to get more people to know our brand and design. I think it is significant for us to keep a passion to develop our unique design.