Behind the Scenes at Portuguese Jeweller Ana Pina
What is your name?
Where did you grow up?
What do you love about jewellery?
I like the idea of jewellery being a wearable art form, combining principles of beauty and technique. I really love the way I’m able to design and create a jewellery piece from scratch, controlling the creative process and being able to wear a unique piece made with my own hands in the end.
When did you discover your love for jewellery?
My passion for jewellery didn’t start very early in my life. I’ve always loved arts and had the secret dream of becoming a painter, but at the time of picking the course I’d follow in college my rational side spoke louder and I chose architecture. Only after working a few years as an architect I discovered the amazing world of jewellery - first as a hobby, then as a way to express my creativity designing and building something with my own hands and finally, as a new professional path.
How did you become a jewellery designer?
After working in an architecture office for a few years I decided that I needed to explore my creative side more freely - I was longing the days when I could sit for hours drawing, dirtying my hands with pastels and paint, creating something of my own. I’ve always admired jewellery as a consumer and when I came across a workshop for beginners in a jewellery school in Porto I thought - why not try something new? After the workshop I decided to take the full professional course and leave the architecture office job to be able to dedicate myself full time to this wonderful new world.
Describe your style, what is most characteristic about Ana Pina's jewellery design?
My jewellery is very influenced by my architectural background. I love to play with geometry, either in minimalist or statement pieces. My style is essentially clean, modern, urban and feminine.
Which music genre describes your jewellery best?
This is a very interesting and difficult question! I love music and listen to it all the time while I'm working. I'd say a style that I really appreciate and identify with my jewellery like indie music, something between indie rock and electronic.
If you could choose one song that describes best Ana Pina's jewellery, which one would you choose?
Intro, by The xx.
What is your favourite item of your jewellery line?
My favourite is still one of my first pieces: the Articular bracelet:
It’s almost an abstract piece that can the worn - I love its geometric architectural lines, the movement and the way if fits the wrist, in an improbable but comfortable way.
What exciting things are coming up for the Ana Pina jewellery line? New collections planned?
I recently launched a new collection, Tubular, and hope to present a new one later this year. The next adventure will be to present my work in Autor Fair in Bucharest, on May 13th and 14th. I’m sure it will be a great way to promote my work outside my country while getting to know a different city and other artists!
... IN THE DESIGN STUDIO
Describe a typical day in Ana Pina's studio?
My studio space is a 10 minute walk from my home, in Porto’s downtown. I’m usually there from 10am to 7pm and spend the days between the computer and my jewellery workbench. I love the way it’s within a walking distance from everything I need in my daily routine, sometimes I go out during the day for some errands or just to take an after lunch coffee in the nearby Carlos Alberto Square.
My atelier, Tincal lab, is also an active space in promoting contemporary jewellery: I share workbenches with colleagues, promote workshops and regular individual and collective exhibitions.
How do you make your jewellery?
I work mainly in sterling silver and try to buy most of the materials and tools locally. The pieces are handmade by me in my own studio in Porto’s downtown.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My main sources of inspiration are architecture and the abstraction of geometric relations and shapes.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST..
Ring, Earrings, Necklace, Bracelet, or Bangle?
Ring, I never leave home without one!
Mountains or beach holiday?
Beach, love the sea.
What's your favourite city?
Do you have a favourite jewel that comes with you on all your travels?
I think that a piece of jewellery that we carry all the time should be as simple and comfortable as possible - I always carry with me for a while now a simple silver square section ring I made for my left little finger.
The interview is part of our Behind the Scenes at Independent Jewellers series. To see more of Ana Pina's jewellery, have a look at her designer profile here. The studio photos were taken by Mário Brandão.