Here’s our next #meetthemaker interview with the lovely jeweller, Xuella Arnold. Xuella makes beautiful jewellery inspired by song lyrics and poetry, creating narrative and wearable imagery. She works with silver and bronze to produce her original, delicate designs that are full of imagination and romance. Read on to find out more!
1. Could you tell us a little bit about you, and how you came to start your business?
I did a degree in silversmithing and jewellery and have been making ever since. I don’t think of it as starting a business as it’s just what I do – I sell at craft fairs, festivals, shops and galleries and have also taught jewellery for many years.
2. How long have you been living in Devon? How does where you work inspire you?
I moved to Devon next to the River Tamar three years ago where everything is beautiful and quiet.
3. Where does your inspiration come from?
I am influenced by natural forms and imagery but also song lyrics, poems and literature.
4. When you are not creating, what do you do?
When I’m not making jewellery we like to go sea kayaking, walking on the moor gardening and listening to music loudly in the car!
5. What’s your favourite current piece?
My favourite pieces at the moment are the range based on Lucienne Days 1950 fabric design – my cow parsley range and dandelion clocks.
6. What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
The most challenging aspect of my work is the selling and marketing it as really it’s a whole other job – also keeping up with paperwork and emails!
7. If you had one piece of advice to give other makers, what would it be?
My advice for any craft worker is to persevere and find your own niche.
8. Are there any particular artists or sculptors that inspire you?
The artists and writers who I love but don’t directly influence me are the writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez – I’ve read all he’s written. Frida Kahlo’s style and colour is fantastic. The jeweller who is my idol is Kevin Coates who’s imagery and craftsmanship is outstanding.
9. Without giving away any state secrets, what’s next on your design agenda?
My new designs I hope to do, if all goes to plan is a more painterly style using line drawing, but I’ll see how it goes!
We already adore Xuella’s collection, so no doubt the newest pieces will be just as beautiful!
… Let us know what you think of Xuella’s jewellery by leaving a comment below, and stay tuned for future posts on more of our wonderful artists.