FAVOTELL caught up with award-winning contemporary jewellery designer and artist Maud Traon. Her creations combine explosive mixes of colour to create exceptional works of wearable art in a vast range of mixed media and metals.
Maud’s work has been exhibited in numerous major jewellery exhibitions in the UK and worldwide including, the National Gallery of Victoria, London’s Goldsmiths, Jerwood Contemporary Makers and Unexpected Pleasures: The Art of Contemporary Jewellery at London’s Design Museum.
Maud produces two types of jewellery; precious and non-precious. Luxurious metals and gemstones are used for the precious jewellery which creates striking contrasts whereas the non-precious are made with an array of mixed metals which create a unique aesthetic.
Hi Maud, hope you’re well! So, what brought you to London in the first place?
I first came to London as I was studying for an MA at the Royal College of Art in Kensington.
What is your favourite piece you have ever created?
It is hard to say, usually my latest collection is my favourite. (Maud’s last collection is “The Spiky Collection” which features various necklaces, rings and earrings using a range of precious gemstones such as amethyst and marquise cut stones in the shape of spikes)
How many hours of work does it require to create each piece?
The process I use requires 3 to 4 steps. The quicker rings are usually made within 2 weeks however sometimes it can take up to 6 weeks.
I first need to make the ring in wax, then I will send it to be electroplated. Once it returns roughly 1 to 2 weeks later, I need to polish it. If it requires gold plating it will add another week to the process.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I think from everywhere that surrounds you really and after a while it seems to create a sub conscience bank of ideas and thoughts and that is how designs emerge. Plus, of course a high interest in jewellery such as stone setting, techniques and a strong background in contemporary jewellery.
Any exciting things coming up this year for the MAUD TRAON brand?
Yes actually! A one of a kind piece, which is certainly much more sculptural than wearable. It is going to be exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris until the 5th of November 2017.
As you have been in London for a while, which places would you recommend for brunch?
NO idea! Any good greasy spoon that knows how to handle a bacon and melted cheese sandwich with chilli sauce! Actually, the Plum Tree in Greenwich is a nice place to go.
Thank you, Maud!