December 20th, 2016
You seem to be a man of many projects, with numerous working relationships and collaborations to your name – including Dior Homme, Alexander McQueen, Georg Jensen, Swarovski and TopShop, as well as costume design for Sydney Dance Company. Which, of all these relationships, has had a particularly significant effect on your jewellery work?
It has been a great experience being involved in these projects.
I feel that the projects i was involved in at the beginning of my career, such as interning at Alexander Mcqueen and working at Dior Homme, made the biggest stamp on my creative process and aesthetic. Georg Jensen was a beautiful experience, as i really felt a pure collaboration took place connecting both our design processes.
Amongst your numerous collaborators are your own brothers, Daniel and Lorin Askill. Tell us a little bit about one of your favourite projects that you’ve all worked on together.
A really beautiful project the three of us worked on several years back was with designer and artist Michelle Jank for her runway show Suspended Disbelief. We created a projection of a larger than life-size woman, immersed in cascading water. This image reflected the mood of the show.
There’s a distinct conceptual and sculptural bent to your jewellery. Do you have a previous background in sculpture?
My work is based on the idea of connecting to something that is precious, and being able to carry it with you; in a sense immortalising it. I studied and worked in fashion. When i was living in Paris and exposed to the history and architecture there, a greater connection with a sculptural aesthetic became prevalent.
In fact, you’ve created sculptures which accompany your jewellery collections. Is that right?
Yes that is correct. I’ve created sculptures to accompany my Jewellery pieces. They have told a story. I see my work as a novel, and the sculpture helps bring together each chapter.
Partly as a result of these sculptures, you were invited to exhibit at the Museum of London in 2014. What was that experience like?
Yes that is right. This was amazing. The Museum is a real part of London history and feels so rich with it. It was a real honour to be part of it, especially as at the same time, there was an exhibition of The Cheapside Hoarde. This was a collection of jewellery from the 16/17th centuries, found on an excavation site in 1912.
What can we expect to see from you in store at Poepke?
It is great to see all the pieces for Poepke come together, as it feels like a past and present display of some of my work up to date. We have some pieces availible in 18K, 10K AND silver; some pieces from my latest collection “THE RACE “, pieces that have just been released; some pieces that are pure one offs, and some Jordan Askill classics, also featuring the JORDY heart rings. This is exciting as it’s the first time my jewellery has been available in Australia in more than two years.Tags: Interviews | Comments (0)
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