A Kraków-based scholar has caught the eye of Poland’s design sector with a jewelry mission impressed by her love of Warsaw.
Titled 022 – a reference to the capital’s phone code – Kasia Szafarska’s work has been given nationwide publicity after initially that includes within the Polish life-style bible WhiteMad. Created as a part of her diploma thesis, Szafarska drew on her ardour for city Warsaw to create a line richly brimming with symbolism.
“My largest inspiration have been the feelings I felt in direction of town,” she tells TFN. “After I initially visited Warsaw 14 years again it was love at first sight, and I instantly wished to study extra about its historical past, districts and day-to-day life – now, this mission has helped me do this.”
Choosing out the 5 areas of Warsaw that meant essentially the most to her, Szafarska – a design scholar on the Pedagogical College of Kraków – then set about devising a jewelry line that may channel the spirit of those districts.
“Behind the gathering there’s a number of months of considering, evaluation, drawing and studying,” she says, “however I hope that I’ve managed to seize the essence of every inspiration to current a really private view of town.”
Selecting to deal with Ursynów, Praga-Północ, Powiśle, Saska Kępa and Żoliborz, the upcoming designer then ready a thoughts map adopted by 3D fashions of her concepts. Based mostly upon these visualizations and technical drawings, the Arlekin jewelry studio in Kraków then executed Szafarska’s concepts by remodeling them into silver jewelry.
“The primary,” she says, “was a necklace that refers to all of the prefabricated buildings discovered within the Ursynów district; subsequent, there’s a brooch impressed by the spiral stairs of Saska Kępa’s pre-war, modernist White Villa on Francuska.
“For the bracelet, in the meantime, I took inspiration from the overhead view you get of Żoliborz’s central level, Plac Wilsona, whereas for the Praga-Północ district, the ring is reflective of all the irregular traces of damaged bricks you’ll discover on the facades of buildings.”
Maybe essentially the most putting piece, nonetheless, is Szafarska’s tribute to Powiśle, a pair of earrings constructed to mimic the long-lasting Most Świętokrzyski, a modern-day suspension bridge that has come to outline the dynamic nature of this fiercely on-trend space.
Explaining the outsized dimensions of her jewelry, Szafarska attributes this to her want to highlight these districts in an impactful method: “Each bit has an deliberately exaggerated type,” she says, “which I hope manages to intrigue and encourage folks to familiarise themselves with the locations to which every one pertains to.”
But if the intention was for her line to face out, Szafarska has nonetheless been taken without warning on the response her work has obtained from the general public.
“Really, I by no means anticipated a lot curiosity on this assortment, nor the quantity of optimistic feedback, but when something it’s motivated me to push on and work all of the more durable.”
Although at present current solely as a one-off mission, she is now hopeful that the sequence will develop into extra extensively accessible.
“That’s my subsequent aim,” she provides, “and one thing I’ve already began engaged on – I need to share this assortment with folks in order that they see it as one thing bodily slightly than simply photos on a pc display.”
Spurred to start creating jewelry on her personal (which might be discovered on her Instagram account, @kasiaszafarska), she is optimistic that this might but be the start. “I realise I nonetheless have loads to study,” she concludes, “however I’m optimistic that 022 gained’t be my final jewelry assortment, and I’m hopeful that within the close to future I’ll see folks carrying each this and different items designed by me!”