Projects at Poepke: halfnoon
May 18th, 2016
Nicole Sudjana first started playing around with jewellery making as a way to occupy herself in the early hours of the morning, when she suffered from insomnia. She then studied gold and silversmithing and fell in love with the silent process of creating, which differed greatly from her day job as a hairdresser and its constant chatting. Nicole describes her jewellery, as ‘understated and on the masculine side’ The pieces are all simple but with a twist; the Edamame Pendant, Wiggle earrings and an oversized Fob Chain and are all hand crafted in sterling silver.
We spoke to Nicole about her journey into jewllery making, her aesthetic and her key influences.
What first drew you to making jewellery by hand and how long have you been making?
I have always been one of those people that are into making things. I originally started making more DIY style jewellery because I went through a long phase of having problems sleeping and needed something to do late at night to occupy myself. As far as halfnoon goes, I have been studying and making jewellery for around 2 years. Prior to halfnoon, I was a hairdresser of 10 years, so I have always been about keeping my hands busy- halfnoon has been another venture to challenge myself and learn a new skill set to experiment with.
How would you describe halfnoon’s aesthetic to someone who has never seen your pieces?
Understated – probably on the more masculine side at this point. I wouldn’t say I have a set aesthetic with halfnoon- I expect it to be something that is forever evolving. I’m really into the formation of shapes and want to get more into the relationship between colour and shape.
Do you work primarily with sterling silver?
Your Instagram beautifully meshes kaleidoscopic images of your jewellery with the work of photographers and other artists. Who have been some of your key influences?
I don’t really have specific people whose work continuously influences me…. I like looking at colours, shapes and shadows and the relationship between the three. Sometimes there’s just one moment in one photo that I’m into and am inspired by.
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