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Vanessa Martinelli- She is a modern and an independent woman with a unique taste and personality.
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Jan 6 2016 12:18PM
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She is feminine and intelligent, follows her own instinct and dares to be different and unique. Her designs are sophisticated, stylish and elegant and to an extent are inspired by nature. She is Vanessa Martinelli. Puja Kumar catches up with this young Swiss designer to know more about her inspirations, dreams and designs…

Hailing from Swiss background, she grew up in one of the most scenic and picturesque landscapes of the world – Switzerland, known as heaven on earth. No wonder, she likes feminine and organic shapes, full of vibrant colours and shades, which somehow influence her design process. Her fondness and love for nature reflects in her designs. “Nature and travelling are an infinite source of inspiration for me. I grew up in Switzerland surrounded by mother nature and it is one of the reasons why I love colours, shades, textures and designs. Also, Japanese pop art and culture is something which inspires me a lot. I love the naivety of the illustration and boom of colours. It is like a reminder of your early days,” says Vanessa with a childish smile.

Since childhood, she had a passion for drawings and designs and never thought she would make a profession out of it. But while she was working as a model, she had a chance to meet famous designers Alexander (Lee) Mc Queen and Sarah Burton, who advised her to pursue career in art and design.

“I had the greatest chance to meet and work for Alexander (Lee) Mc Queen and Sarah Burton in Milan. Their work is a true inspiration. Lee and Sarah advised me to pursue my studies in art and design at Central Saint Martins in London, which I did. As I was not very much interested in fashion designing, I chose the path of jewellery instead,” says she.

Once she graduated from Central Saint Martins, Vanessa continued her studies and joined GIA (Gemological Institute of America) in New York city. After passing out, she travelled all over where opportunity came knocking at her door. “I worked for many iconic jewellery houses worldwide, from De Beers Diamonds Jewellers in London, to Hodel in Hong Kong, every experience added incredible knowledge which helped shape my style and aesthetic. Working as a chief designer for the biggest brands in the industry, like DeBeers Diamond, was a great achievement for me.”

While working, she collaborated with fine jewellery and exclusive watch brands in Switzerland, as well as abroad. It was a wonderful opportunity for her to work with the most incredible brands and reputed luxury goods, which not only recognized her work but also helped in gaining a name in the industry. She further adds, “I did brand developing for luxury brands, helping from design to brand image. It was such an amazing thing to see my face and my jewellery creations, all in the same photos, across billboards and catalogues. And I do the same for my brand as well. I believe in adding an emotional and intimate touch to what I create and communicate to the end client through emotions and images.”

Jewellery designing is never easy. From selecting a particular design to giving it a final shape in production, everything goes through lot of trial and test. Especially, the technical part of a jewellery piece can also be a challenge. So, was there any jewellery piece which was toughtest or most unique for Vannessa to design ? “ ‘The Garden’ collection, is incredible and at the same time is bit complicated, as it has pave all around it. They are like pieces of art and are quite delicate, where one has to wear it with care. These were my very first creations which I made in Switzerland with the best goldsmith in the world. The designs were very colorful and organic in shapes. I wanted the pieces to be completely covered in pave of stones. The little stones were attached with each other and were framing with a big coloured stone at the center. I mixed contrasting colors in a daring way, as to challenge people’s view of what a jewellery piece looks like: pink with green and yellow with blue.”

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