Today we meet the jewelry designer Arianna Fabiano. Perhaps the name does not tell you much, but we are pretty sure you’ve seen on your IG feed what she has been creating with her hands for several cool brands. We are so proud to share this interview with you, because Arianna is one of the very first Akeemers since 2012, when with the collective La Famille Inconnue she became part of our family.
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOURSELF?
I consider myself a peaceful and humble person. Very self-critical and undecided. That’s why I’ve always hated labels. I find them damagingly limiting. I think that if we are able to define ourselves perfectly today it will preclude us from being able to discover ourselves in new ways tomorrow. I think that it’s better to know how to change your opinion about who you are, how you are moving in the world, if you are doing well or if you can do better. The practical answers to these questions somehow define us as human beings and thanks God every day is a chance to get involved.
WHEN DID YOU ACTUALLY START DESIGNING JEWELRY?
I actually started assembling. I needed money for my first holiday with my friends and so right after the graduation exam, I started working with a lady who managed an external laboratory of Marni. Marni? Assembling jewels? Yes, I was interested in fashion but I didn’t know what to expect, I just wanted to earn money and leave for the summer. It all started there, in that hot summer of 2007, in that room that smelled of good mastic and with Mrs. Montefusco who taught me to hold pliers while listening to Tosca and Traviata. She had undoubtedly a very positive influence on my 18 years. I remember that I was completely fascinated. At the same time I started attending Naba University, and so years later when I graduated Mrs. Montefusco suggested me to Marni as a jewelry designer because they needed an extra assistant. I did the various interviews and in the end it went well. It was a terrific formation and learning but I understood that this is what I want to do for life.
WHERE DOES YOUR AESTHETICS COME FROM?
The time I spent at Marni has had the biggest influence on it. I developed a taste deeply tied to the use of color and the balance of forms. Today I try to collect those influences with a vision and the aim to experiment with both materials and volumes. My aesthetics is like an “expanded balance” – I’ve just invented it – but it refers to the feeling of well-being with everything is in its space. The light of the metal, the bulk of the material, the lines. Everything is clean, balanced and in harmony.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING YOU’VE CREATED? IF YOU GOTTA PICK ONE WHAT IS IT?
My favorite project is the last one I’ve been workin on! Recently I’ve been working on a collection composed by unique and numbered pieces in order of creation. I decided to call it “Specials” and each one of the pieces is made with waste of metal that I recovered from various artisan workshops. I love this project because the goal is to abolish waste, to renew the starting matter and to convey it into my imagination without an inch of brass falling into the trash. Can’t wait to show you!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE LINK BETWEEN FASHION AND JEWELRY?
Fashion and jewelry certainly share the same space. The body. Fashion and jewelry dress it giving it a new meaning. A fleeting meaning, however, when it comes to trends and it’s destined to end after a few months. However, if we think jewelry as a design element we can realize that it is on the opposite side of fashion. Its life is extended over time and above all it can live in any historical era, in any context and on any body, always with new meanings.
TALKING ABOUT FASHION, WHO ARE YOUR REFERENCES?
I have always loved Cèline. From garments, to accessories, fashion shows and advertising campaigns. I’ve always found everything very cool and real. Today I appreciate various emerging brands including Ellery. They have been able to build a very precise atmosphere and mood since the beginning and their collections are definitely in line with the needs of a more relaxed yet chic female generation. I’d love to work with them! Sunnei is one of my references – well, I use to work with them – I love it because they offer an accessible scenario that is deliberately against the trend.
WE’VE SEEN THAT YOU HAVE COLLABORATED WITH SEVERAL BRANDS, HOW DID EVERYTHING BEGIN?
Instagram has been a very powerful tool through which I’ve been able to quickly spread my projects and my vision. I immediately had a positive response and then things came by themselves. Many stylists started writing to me to use my pieces in their editorials and other brands contact me to start collaborations.
LET’S TALK ABOUT MUSIC: HOW DOES IT INSPIRE YOU? WHO ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
I could never think of working without music. I believe that in some way it amplifies our sensory and therefore also creative capacities. If I like a song, or an artist, I start listening to it in a loop, often until the project I’m working on is finished. The “Specials”collection is born and raised with Masego. Thanks Masego.
WHAT’S YOUR NEXT STEP?
I’ll keep working hard, finding new ways to do it well.