Our designers are at the heart of Black Box, with each glorious item we sell being a product of an independent designer’s wonderful imagination. We think it’s time you’re introduced to the faces behind the work.
One of the two jewellers behind Black Box, Sarah creates her stunning jewellery in the Black Box Workshop at the back of the boutique. Originally hailing from Islay, off Scotland’s west coast, Sarah finds her home island a rich source of inspiration…
BB: Describe your style in 3 words.
SB: Organic, spontaneous, details
BB: What inspires you and your work?
SB: My beautiful island home. The rugged coastline, the underwater forests & the patterns formed by the lichens and barnacles on the rocks. Every time you go to the beach it’s different, the tide constantly changes the shoreline.
BB: What’s your earliest memory of being creative?
SB: I used to love sitting on the beach down from my house stringing shells onto bits of washed up rope and dried grass.
BB: Give us a brief run through of your average day in the studio
SB: My day is normally split in two. The first half of the day is spent at my workbench at home carving wax and creating new pieces . The other half is spent in the workshop working with metal and creating the finished pieces. A wee trip out to the Post Office is normally slotted in somewhere, always help to go out and get some fresh air!
BB: Are there any parts of the design process you love / hate?
SB: I hate the monotony of cleaning up the same casts over and over again.
I love the spontaneity of being able to develop a piece as and when the design comes to life in the wax. There is no specific design in mind, my pieces come to life as they’re being made.
BB: How do you tackle designer’s block?
SB: By going back out into the landscape that inspires me and doing as much drawing as possible. I also find it helps to surround myself in beautiful objects and art when I’m struggling to design new pieces. Pinterest is really good as well, you can create boards of inspirational images and thoughts that help to consolidate your ideas.
BB: Do you have a favourite piece?
SB: I’m really enjoying designing pieces around un-cut stones again so maybe one of my bespoke double-sided pieces using a mixture of rough and cut stones.
BB: What would be your dream creative project?
SB: Creating a collection of jewellery for a fantasy film, I would have loved to have made the jewellery for Lord of the Rings!
BB: If you could collaborate with another designer/artist who would it be?
SB: Isabel Marant. I really love drawing and creating patterns so it would be great to collaborate with a fashion designer to see how different the finished products would turn out in fabric rather than metal.
BB: If you weren’t a designer, what would you be doing?
SB: I have absolutely no idea, probably something awful and boring.
BB: If you could move your studio to somewhere new, where would you go?
SB: I would probably go back to one of Scotland’s amazing western islands and pick a nice spot with a view of the sea – very predictable!
BB: What’s on your studio playlist at the moment?
SB: I’m very guilty of listening to the same thing over and over until I’m completely sick of it, at the moment it’s Santigold, Cat Power & Bon Iver
BB: Who would you love to own one of your pieces?
SB: Audrey Tautou or Clemence Poesy they both have such beautiful style.