Meet The Makers: Sollis Jewellery

About SOLLIS Jewerly:

SOLLIS jewellery is elegant, bold and sculptural. Designer, Eleanor Ford deftly mixes hand-cut hammered metal, African trade beads and natural stones or sparkling Swarovski crystals with bold coloured cords, effortlessly fusing indigenous influences with a high fashion aesthetic. This juxtaposition of materials combined with Eleanor’s unique technical skills and continued collaborations with artisans bring a fresh perspective and new energy to each collection.

Creating is at the heart of SOLLIS, Eleanor is led by an intuitive approach to making and the learning of new techniques as she goes. The exploration of the relationship between craft and fashion is the ethos that has driven the brand since its inception in 2011.

“I constantly challenge myself to learn new craft techniques. Taking a spark of an idea and a new technique, I often design jewellery in a hands on fashion, allowing a concept to develop through the making process itself.”

Inspiration is drawn from travel, global textiles and tribal patterns along with the way in which her jewels are worn and interpreted by the women and men that love the brand. Eleanor has lived and worked across the globe and this layering of influences has become evident in each collection. In fact, layering has become a SOLLIS signature; each piece a beauty in its own right, becomes something completely different altogether when layered. Utterly wearable, adaptable and fun, the flexibility in SOLLIS jewellery (layers) enables a multi-functional and traveling wardrobe that works, wonders. After studying a BA in Jewellery Design followed by an MA in Textiles, Eleanor worked for the widely creative Erickson Beamon in London. From here she designed many collections for Swarovski in Paris and has also worked on design projects for Gorman, Megan Park and Sophie Kyron.

SOLLIS jewellery is elegant, bold and sculptural. Designer, Eleanor Ford deftly mixes hand-cut hammered metal, African trade beads and natural stones or sparkling Swarovski crystals with bold coloured cords.

Meet The Makers

Q: What inspired you to begin your collection?

I have always made things, even as a child I used to make bracelets and hairbands and sell them to friends at school! So after studying BA jewellery design and MA textiles in London it was a natural progression to begin my own jewellery brand.

Q: Describe your creative process. Where do you start?

I often begin with the materials themselves. Taking a spark of an idea and a new technique, I often design jewellery in a hands on fashion, allowing a concept to develop through the making process itself.

Q: What materials do you love to use?

I use a variety traditional and non-traditional jewellery making materials including cords, rope, glass and semi-precious beads, wood and chain mixed in with found items like African trade beads.

“I constantly challenge myself to learn new craft techniques. Taking a spark of an idea and a new technique, I often design jewellery in a hands on fashion, allowing a concept to develop through the making process itself.”

Q: Do you have a dream collaborator?

I would love to collaborate with Australian textile designer Jenny Kee.

What are some of the challenges that you face as a maker? It is always easy to create beautiful things but the challenge for me is also making them commercially viable and selling pieces.

Q: How do you use social media to promote your work?

As a visual person I love to use Instagram to document my making process and give inside insights about how my jewellery is created.

What are you working on right now?

I’m currently working on some new jewellery and textile designs which I will be exhibiting at the upcoming The Big Design Trade show in Melbourne in August.

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