We caught up with the talented founder of Pigment Studio and long time friend of Father Rabbit, Albertine Lello at her studio in Parnell. Preview the behind the scenes space of Pigment Studio, and read Albertine's responses to our questions about creative inspiration, how she balances work and home life, her personal style philosophy and more.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE INSPIRATION BEHIND PIGMENT STUDIO? WHAT INSPIRES YOUR DESIGNS AND WHO DO YOU SEE WEARING THE PIECES?
My pieces are inspired by an array of references including art history, architecture and forms found in nature. I am always looking to my surroundings for inspiration and combining these forms with more recognisable, heirloom type pieces. I like to think the sort of person who wears Pigment Studio pieces is someone who appreciates everlasting adornment instead of what's considered 'current' or 'trendy'. The Pigment Studio wearer values the handmade over the mass-produced and aims to care for their pieces so that they can be passed down to future generations.
WHERE DID YOUR JEWELLERY MAKING JOURNEY BEGIN?
It wasn't until I was mid-way through my Fine Arts degree that I started experimenting with some mock-ups of design ideas that I had floating around in my head. Slowly but surely, I managed to build up my practical jewellery making skills in order to take my designs from paper to physical, wearable pieces.
DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL STYLE PHILOSOPHY?
I don’t think of myself as having any particular style philosophy per se, but I do try and invest in high quality pieces, made by local designers and creators where I can. I’m also all for wearing pieces that make you feel happy and that have some kind of story.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE PIECES OR ROUTINES IN YOUR STUDIO THAT HELP YOU CREATE/WORK BETTER?
I really enjoy the ritual of getting into my studio on a Saturday morning with a cup of coffee and some good music to go through my production list for the orders from the past week. Writing down a to-do list also helps me to prioritise my studio tasks and see what I need to get done in a day.
WHERE DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM AND HOW DO YOU AVOID CREATIVE BURNOUT?
I think inspiration is not always a fully conscious thing - sometimes I find myself sketching forms or playing around with bits of metal without fully realising what I’m doing. The rise of social and digital media has also contributed to a massive amount of information entering our brains at any given time, which can be down right overwhelming! When I feel creatively burnt out, I try to step away from instagram and Pinterest, to give myself a chance to process the jumble of information in my brain. Taking a step back to allow the ideas to settle is something I am trying to be more conscious of when I work.
WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOU KEEP THE BALANCE BETWEEN YOUR HOME AND WORK LIFE?
Because my studio is located in my home, It’s very easy for my home life and my work life to blur into one another. Therefore, planning ahead and setting aside blocks of time in my schedule for work is crucial to keep things balanced.
QUICK FIRE FAVOURITES
BOOK: This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay
FOOD: Pici’s Cacio e Pepe has my heart
MUSIC: Anything by Lianne La Havas
PODCASTS: Ladies & Tangents
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