INTERVIEW WITH KLÁRA ŠÍPKOVÁ

 

Linda Matějovská

IN MY EYES, STEEL IS SIMPLY PERFECT

I met Klara Sipkova in the Showroom recently opened in Klimentská Street. This place functions both as the shop and her studio. She shares it with other artists, who together create an interesting space full of Czech design.
Most of her jewellery is based on geometric shapes and pure forms and she often uses laser technology. This does not mean there is no craftsmanship involved. "I always aim for perfection. My jewellery might look like it was made by a machine, but in fact there is a lot of manual work behind the process. I spend time with each piece until I'm absolutely satisfied with the result."
Klara's jewellery is characterised by an original morphology and unusual beauty and is intended for those who are not afraid to stand out. I asked her what her approach to jewellery is, what inspires her and what she enjoys doing in her free time.

One of my favorite jewelry collections is your “My Lace". I find in it similarities with the works of Vasarely  and other op-art artists. Did they influence you?
That is true, I enjoy optical illusions or M.C. Escher work. This collection was inspired mainly by moiré effects, overlapping grids. After graduating I worked in one huge print company where food packaging was made. I was checking there the prints. So I got to see the moiré effects on a daily basis. 

How does your creative process look like?
Almost all of my ideas I first draw on my computer before sending them to laser processing.
I use different exact shapes which you cannot draw in hand, so you can say I use the computer instead of my pencil.

But that is not very usual, or is it?
I graduated in graphic design at high school,  then I continued with my education in the same field. So initially I thought that this would be my career path, but then I got bored by it. When I enrolled at Academy of Arts Architecture and Design I already knew it was jewelry I wanted to study. I became familiar with 3D jewelry during my internship in an industrial design studio. Both graphic design and 3D design reflect in my work a lot.
Other jewelers have other different innovative approaches. Marketa Richterova for example is a sculptor, she usesblocks of Corian to create her earrings or bracelets. Others who love to experiment try new materials. They examine their characteristics, color them, bend them, burn them and then create something beautiful out of it. From our creative group UNOSTO I am probably the only one using computer. Except for the “Structures” and the "Time" collections I made everything in graphic programs.

You started cooperation with coil springs manufacturer when creating the “Structures” collection. How did this collaboration work ?
The springs somehow fascinate me. I cannot remember when it started. Oh wait, I can. I was disassembling pens and kept those little springs. I enjoyed their repetitiveness. The infinity theme is very close to me.

You must feel a close connection to steel as well. I have a feeling that people prefer to invest in gold and silver jewelry rather than in steel one.
But steel lasts so much longer than silver! Steel is a strong and noble material, it does not corrode like silver does. Thanks to its strength I can create many fine details and the jewelry is light and fragile at the same time. Technologies  that I use, such as cutting and milling, are ideal for this kind of material. In my eyes, steel is simply perfect.

In your “ Emotions” collection you worked with Barrisol material and made brooches. Each one represents a different feeling, such as joy, fear or hope. Were you in a mood to try yet another material?
It was rather a coincidence. My boyfriend is an architect and he had been invited to a factory in France where this material is produced. He was supposed to go with a colleague, but I went instead. And that's is how it started. 
When someone works with only one material, he might get a little bored. So maybe subconsciously I needed a change. And that's how it works in my life. If I listen to my feelings and desires, they eventually materialize.

At Designblok 2015 you presented your “TIME” collection. What was your inspiration for this one ?
Time is a concept that I like a lot. Just like infinity, movement or music, time is an abstract concepts everyone can relate to. I hear people around me complaining about lack of time, about how they have to rush and how everything is getting faster. We all need to cope with time. So I started to analyze the various time units such as minute, day, year and I derived from them the size of component parts for my brooches and necklaces.

Where do you look for your inspiration? Do you follow trends on the internet?
Do you mean Pinterest?:) Sure, I keep track of what is going on around me. It is helping me to clarify my taste and opinions rather than bringing inspiration for shapes. What I see around me I store within me and it later reflects in my work. 
I do focus on themes that rise from within of myself. It's my personal game, an experiment in which I am seeking the perfect shapes and proportions.

Where do you charge your energy when you aren’t working?
In summer I love riding my moped. I have a Piaggio  that my boyfriend tuned, so it can go up to 100 km/h. I like ordinary activities such as walking, practicing yoga or swimming. I would love to travel more! Unfortunately neither I nor my boyfriend are good at making plans so we had not been traveling much. Fortunately my work is my hobby so I do not need distractions very often.