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Meet The Maker: Q & A With Erin Hakin


Subsequent up in our Meet the Maker sequence is an interview with Erin Hakin, a Canadian Jewellery Designer whose rings really feel substantial but chic, steeped in historical past but resistant to time. Preserve studying to find out how her grandmother’s assertion ring from the 50s began her design desires, what it is like beginning out as an independant designer, and what evokes these rings that promote out in report time!


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When did you begin loving jewellery?

It began as a bit child – I spent a variety of time going by means of my mother’s and my grandmother’s jewellery packing containers. My mother had a variety of 80s costume jewellery that I believed was so glitzy and wonderful. For Halloween one 12 months, my mother dressed me as Madonna and piled on the costume jewellery – I beloved each minute of it.

My grandma has a variety of particular items and assertion jewellery that encourage lots of the rings I make now.

How did you grow to be a jewellery designer?

I’ve at all times wished to be a designer. Once I began working with kids, I bought into beading and was shopping for up all of the beads in all places. I used to be in College for the Arts however was spending all my time making beaded necklaces and jewellery.

At this level, I used to be contemplating the jewellery program however couldn’t afford it alongside all my different pupil loans. So, I bought a job in finance (the place I met my husband) and began saving.

Once I bought pregnant, I needed to give up my finance job (which I admittedly hated anyway), and I began taking silversmithing lessons at night time. I knew straight away this was it for me – it was time to pursue what I actually wished. I signed up for the three-year Jewellery Arts program at George Brown School in Toronto and I used to be on my means.  

I began my profession at Made You Look studio in Toronto. It’s a collective of unbiased artists working below the identical roof and I got here up with all of the wonderful jewelers there. Gem Breakfast designers like Jilian Maddin, Aimee Kennedy, Deb Lavery, Emily Gill, and Meg Lizabet all got here from Made You Look. It was one of the best surroundings – everybody was so supportive and I realized a lot. They provide out an entrepreneurship award yearly which I labored tirelessly to win – and I did!

My studio spot was beside a Grasp Jeweler from Pforvheim, Germany. He taught me a lot about jewellery making – I’m so grateful for his knowledge and experience in these early days.  

Quick ahead to in the present day – now I dwell in Vancouver and share a studio with Andrea Rokosz.  

What’s it like getting began in jewellery as an unbiased artist?

It may be actually troublesome to get began, it’s costly to purchase gold and gems. Once I began at Made You Look, I used to be doing a variety of commissioned customized items which helped me save for my first assortment. I labored so laborious, night time and day creating numerous items.

When my grandad died, he left me an inheritance that funded my first assortment. If you’re beginning out, each penny you make goes again into shopping for supplies to make extra items. So, I went with out an earnings for some time as a result of I wished to get my concepts on the market, and ultimately I bought sufficient rings to make a revenue. It was all value it, I like what I do.

What evokes your designs?

I am often impressed by a shocking middle stone – from there I can visualize a design. Plus, I at all times have design concepts working by means of my head – it’s a continuing whirl of plans and inspirations.

The Artwork Nouveau artist, Alphonse Mucha is a supply of inspiration – I think about among the girls in his work sporting my items.

Additionally, my grandmother’s black Alaskan diamond (malachite) ring is so impactful to me and my designs.

Lastly, I am at all times impressed by those who need one thing a bit completely different for his or her engagement. Once I was getting engaged, I instructed my boyfriend I did not need something conventional (white gold, white diamond, and so on.) At the moment, discovering one thing different but beautoful was actually laborious! I ended up going with an Edwardian ring from an property sale.

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Erin’s Grandmother’s Black Alaskan Diamond Ring

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What jewellery do you put on on daily basis?

I put on two pairs of earrings on daily basis that I made – one’s a moon and the opposite’s a taking pictures star. I put on my husband’s chain and pendant – I bought him a brand new one so I scooped his outdated one!

On my left hand, I put on my engagement ring (a rose minimize diamond), a pinky ring, two bands, and I at all times put on a hoop on my pointer finger.

On my proper hand, I put on two chunkier rings and a gold bracelet. Proper earlier than my mother died, I made her a bracelet that claims ‘fuck most cancers’ and now I put on it. I additionally put on my grandma’s black Alaskan ring – she lastly gifted it to me!

 

What’s your favourite GB ring you’ve ever made? What was the inspiration behind it?

Sea Mist – that inexperienced stone is gorgeous and I like this setting. I like the inexperienced, the gorgeous claws, the diamond accents, the broader band, the hand-engraving. It’s me in a hoop.

The inspiration – I simply wished to make one thing lovely that may do this magical stone justice.

What’s your design and creation course of like from begin to end?

  1. I discover the right middle stone that speaks to me. I begin with an thought after which let it percolate till I provide you with a design.
  2. After I select the centre stone, I determine between both hand carving or CAD design.
  3. If I select CAD, I ship a sketch to my CAD designer – he is aware of me so properly at this level so my sketches do not should be tremendous thorough.
  4. If I select handy carve, I usually work out my issues within the wax as a substitute of sketching. Typically, for one ring, I will create many waxes to ultimately arrive on the completed end result. I decide hand carving once I’m engaged on much less delicate and refined items – the rings that I wish to have that hand-carved look.
  5. We forged the ring in 18kt gold.
  6. Then I polish it and it goes off for setting.
  7. The ultimate step is hand-engraving. If I may, I might hand-engrave each piece -I simply suppose it is so lovely and timeless and an exquisite technique to personalize my work. Hand-engraving is extraordinarily time consuming nonetheless, so solely a handful of rings will be engraved every year. I work intently with a grasp hand-engraver to create principally Artwork Nouveau impressed patterns. Over time we have created what have grow to be a few of my signature designs. We’ve got named these designs and photograped them which has streamlined issues a bit, however because of the nature of each piece being barely completely different, there’s at all times new design challenges to beat.

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I’ve two design aesthetics: for Gem Breakfast my items are vintage-inspired, extra delicate, and often claw set. On the flip aspect, I like to make big chunky items which have an historic, handmade really feel to them.

All the things I do is impressed by the previous and artwork historical past. I like the historical past and artistry in jewellery making.

Bezel or claw setting?

I like a bezel setting probably the most – I like the security facet of it, and the way it makes the stone and setting look extra substantial. Bezel settings have been carried out for a whole bunch of years which I like. It’s clear and delightful.

Extra is extra, true or false?

True. I like massive, I like chunky, I like assertion 18 kt, I like rose minimize diamonds with their delicate, dewdrop sparkle. I like it all!

You’re the queen of radiant minimize rings. What’s the story behind that?

I’m extra drawn to natural, smooth shapes, I like rounded edges. At some point, trying by means of a stone supplier’s assortment, I used to be actually drawn to a pink radiant minimize stone. Then I went on a rampage of shopping for a variety of radiants.

I appear to undergo phases with stones – proper now I’m gravitating in the direction of emerald cuts.

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