Designer and artist Malgorzata Mozolewska graduated from design department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. After working in furniture design for Marcel Wanders Studio in Amsterdam for three years she decided to move to a career in jewellery design and launched her own brand, Mocielli.
Mozolewska journey to create her fine jewellery brand Mocielli was one of finding happiness, she says. The Polish designer changed her job, moved to a new country, settling in London’s famous jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden.
You can see Mocielli this coming Sunday and Monday at The Jewellery Cut Live, but for now here’s five minutes with one of top-tipped designers to watch.
Tell us about your brand.
“I created Mocielli two years ago, here in the amazing city of London. Mocielli jewellery is inspired by feminine archetypes ingrained deep in our beings and strives to be a precious reminder of the virtues and strengths we carry within. My aim is to draw from the strength of the traditions of the past to create contemporary jewellery that is timeless, but with a modern edge. I really value the human touch of traditional craftsmen, so I work with the best ones. Thanks to that, I can focus on the ornamentation and fine detailing and make it a crucial element to Mocielli designs. I am obsessed with gemstones, and their perfect imperfections, so all the jewellery is adorned with coloured gems as well as diamonds.”
What inspires your designs?
“As I mentioned, I am inspired by feminine archetypes. In Jungian theory, archetypes are deep enduring patterns of thought and behavior that remain powerful over long periods of time, and transcend cultures. Plato referred to archetypes as forms, which he saw as pre-existing ideal templates or blueprints. There are a few main feminine archetypes – the Queen, the Maiden, the Lover, the Mother, the Priestess, the Warrioress. These archetypes are fractures of a complete woman and they stand for different varieties of female energy, each with their own unique areas of focus. Represented this way, it allows women to understand and affirm their strengths, and to cultivate missing, or recessive, female energies to help support personal growth. I see my jewellery as reminders of our strengths and virtues. A reminder of who we really are, or who we want to become.”
What made you want to become a jeweller?
“Three years ago, I made a shift in my career. I moved from furniture to jewellery design. Before that I worked in Marcel Wanders’ studio in Amsterdam, designing for established brands like Moooi, Allesi, Bisazza and M&S. Marcel Wanders’ motto was to ‘make our most exciting dreams come true’. He was my true inspiration. Absorbed by this philosophy, I decided to search for what really excites me. I moved to different countries in pursuit of my own dreams. Finally, I moved to London, where by accident I heard about gemmology. I was always in love with coloured stones and their unique magic. I signed up to do a course at Gem-A, The Gemmological Association of Great Britain. That was my first step to immerse myself in the world of jewellery.”
What was your next move?
“Then I discovered amazing craftsmanship in Hatton Garden and The Goldsmiths’ Center, where I got accepted for a one-year business incubator for young jewellery brands, and where I have a studio now. When I look back, I can say that life was guiding me step by step to the place I am now. I can’t say that jewellery was a childhood dream. My love developed slowly, unexpectedly. But jewellery combines everything I always loved: beautiful craftsmenship, ornamentation and focus on details, playing with colour, longevity, storytelling. Jewellery speaks to the eye and to the heart, combines beauty of material and symbolism. What can I say? I simply love it.”
How your jewels are made?
“I design pieces, first by sketching ideas then building the 3D models. As a product designer, I was trained in CAD [computer-aided design] and I find this very useful in the process of making jewellery. Pieces are then cast in the desired metal and finished by amazing mounters, setters and polishers. I love that there are so many people involved in the process of creating a piece. I think that makes it even more special. So usually, I combine technology with traditional craft. But not always – sometimes clients ask for the pieces fully handmade, which I am also happy to do.”
Do you have any exciting projects in the pipeline?
“I am very happy, because a few days ago I shipped my first pieces to be stocked at Paul Smith’s shops in London as well as in Los Angeles. For a young designer it means so much to be chosen by an established brand like Paul Smith, and be given the opportunity to show my jewellery to a wider public. I am also working at the moment on commissions for private clients. It always makes me so happy to make a piece that was a vision or a dream of the client. I also have a few ideas of my own pieces, with a lot of storytelling, queuing on my desk.”
What can people expect to see from Mocielli at The Jewellery Cut Live?
“There will be some sweet pastel colours of gems combined with the warmth of gold and bling of diamonds, and some storytelling. In my latest collection, I focus mostly on the archetype of the Queen. It’s wearable jewellery that can accompany us in everyday life, reminding us to reach our higher potential. The Queen is a leader with qualities and attributes that include: gracious, loving, fierce, fair, capable and wise. The Queen looked deep within herself and, as a result, she became stronger. Her power doesn’t come from her credentials, her power is based on knowledge of her heart and mind. She has mastered the art of aligning her burning desires with her acts and clarity.”
Meet Malgorzata Mozolewska and discover Mocielli at The Jewellery Cut Live on February 16th & 17th, 2020, at The Royal Institution during London Fashion Week. Click here for tickets and to get more information on the show head here