MEET THE MAKER- Lia B
Meet Olaia,founder and owner of Lia B. With an enthusiastic eye for simplicity and geometric shapes, Olaia specializes in jewellery and surface print accessories based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
What can you tell us about your background Olaia?
My jewellery design background come from a self-educated time, like an answer for my creative mind. I met jewellery techniques as a media to express my ideas that I could easily wear or bring to my friends. Then I came to Scotland and started study Textile design. My idea now is developing my skills learned during the past three years and embrace new pieces using both media/ techniques jewellery and textiles to create a range of high quality accessories pieces that potentially reflect my ideas. I've been creating pieces since 2010, with a different brand name but It was in 2015 when I created Lia B.
What inspired you to go into design?
My grandfather was an incredibly woodworker who was designing set films for the US productions developed in Spain during 50's-60's. He had a studio at home where my sister and I used to spend our time running our hands over trays of beautiful vintage and natural stones beads and listening stories about films. Moreover, my father is a woodworker artist too and my mother got me into the textile world so I went into design in a natural way.
My Inspiration is found in the most various places around the world and within. The last collection called LATITUDE inspired by measuring instruments like compass and antique measuring pieces was designed using new materials as polymer resin.
Although, my innate design tendency leans to simplicity and geometric shapes.
Who has most heavily influenced you in the design world, how and why?
Sonia Delaunay, because a part of her brilliant versatile career and the fact on that time being a woman artist wasn't easy. I love the way how she went into art. About 1911 she had the idea of making for her son, who had just been born, a blanket composed of bits of fabric like those she had seen in the houses of Russian peasants. When it was finished, the arrangement of the pieces of material seemed to her, to evoke cubist conceptions and she then tried to apply the same process to other objects and paintings. Her beautiful work extends to painting, textile design and stage set design. She was a self-educated artist and she did whatever she wants to do, and brilliant.
How would you describe your work style?
On Lia B I strive to use high-quality, natural, sustainable materials. I also incorporate gemstones that are believed to have healing or other beneficial properties. I like to keep my collections in high quality standards, using local suppliers and manufactures, and with good attention to detail.
What are you currently working at Lia B?
I'm finishing now my prototypes for my New jewellery collection, experimenting with resins and jesmonite, and moving from geometric forms into more organic forms but keeping simple and minimal as usual. I really pleased with the bracelets because I think it's a versatile piece to wear. Also with my first textiles collection, I'm so excited about it.
Is it the first time you'll be exhibiting here and what are your ambitions for the show?
Pulse 2017 will be my first time exhibiting my collections here, and I hope more audience could manage to meet me and possibly let my designs be sold out of Scotland, also meet with more designers and have the experience of being on a trade show.