I create sculptural pieces, tableware and desk accessories which play on the idea of an object as functional as it is sculptural. I work in combinations of pure iron and sterling silver exploring the high contrast of colour and tone between those two materials. My pieces are hand forged and decorated using the traditional technique of inlay. A tactile and ethereal instrument in sterling silver is reflected in its iron stand as a viaduct, a branch or a feathered quill. The unexpected blues and purples in the dark iron provide the perfect backdrop for the gentle silver image and create a clean, contemporary design.
The format of my pieces in inspired by landscape photography. I keep the continuity throughout my collections through technique and material choice, but widely explore scale and type of function.
Every piece I create explores a specific landscape, location or situation which makes my work extremely personal. I look for a sense of perspective, composition balance and storytelling through single object in each piece. Each one of my pieces is unique and has its own narrative, looks into its own frozen moment in time. Every step of the making process, technique and material choice of each piece aids the final feel, the storytelling ability of the piece.
Each piece I make is perfectly functional, but more than anything is created as a unique and personal piece of sculptural craft.
Originally Bulgarian, I have had the opportunity to combine experience and understanding of the world of art and craft from three different countries, which is key to my practice. My education in classical painting and ink drawing from my home country informs and complements my work. My university education in Three Dimensional Design and Contemporary Craft Practice from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, UK forms the basis of my current practice in silversmithing, aided by my six month experience of jewellery practice in Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs in Strasbourg, France.