Interview with Bianca Librandi, Boyd School Studios
25 November 2016
Melbourne-based maker Bianca Librandi aka White November runs her jewellery label from Boyd School Studios. We took a moment to talk to her about her studio, her practice, and preparations for The Big Design Market...
What do you love about your creative space?
I love that I have a space that is dedicated to my work. I lose all sense of time when I’m in my studio and I really love that. I am really lucky to have a huge window near my jeweler’s bench which allows a lot of beautiful natural light.
What’s a typical day in the studio like for you?
Everyday is quite different! That’s why I love what I do so much. There is so much variety. If I have upcoming markets, tradeshows or I’m designing new pieces I’ll be working at my studio from 10 in the morning til about 7 at night. Other days I’ll be at the computer answering emails, working on the financials and applying for markets. I prefer the days working in my studio, but I really love the variety and being involved in every part of my business.
What are you currently reading?
I’m reading Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts.
What are you currently listening to?
Westway (The Glitter & the Slums) and AM
What are you currently watching?
The Night Manager.
How has your creative space informed your practice?
Before my space at the Boyd studio I was working out of my parents garage, so having the beautiful light filled space to my self helps me be more productive and encourages me to stay and work for longer periods of time.
What sort of materials and processes do you use to make your jewellery?
When I start a new project I usually brainstorm the topic, and then sketch out and collect images that really get me thinking. I then leave the work for a few days, however I am constantly thinking about it. I might be sitting on the tram and come up with an idea or see something that inspires me and make note. I then sketch up all my ideas to closely analyse them and test if they would work by making paper models.
From these paper models, I choose my 3-5 favourites and then make samples and ask family and friends which they prefer. I think it’s really important to get fresh eyes and constructive criticism from the people you trust and respect. In terms of materials and technique, I use a mixture of technology and hand finish techniques to create my stainless steel pieces. I use chemical etching and 3d printing to create my shapes and then I rivet the shapes together using silver. I use more traditional materials as well, but really love the flexibility of stainless steel.
What are some future projects/events you’re looking forward to?
A few years ago I was lucky enough to go to Paris for a trade fair whilst working at Insync Design. I really loved that experience, not only because I was in Paris but because of the relationships that friendships that I formed. I am really looking forward to going there again to exhibit White November, and hope to be there July next year or in Amsterdam at the end of 2017.
You mentioned you’re deep in preparation for The Big Design Market – how important are maker events and markets like these?
They are extremely important. The market is a great way to build brand awareness and to show customers what you have been up to and working on. It’s a great way to meet new customers and speak to them face to face. I have participated in this market for 5 years and the thing I love most about this market is that year after year I get people that have purchased my work from previous markets coming back to my stand to say hello and to see my new work. I love these relationships and feel the people at the market really appreciate my work. I like to have interaction with my customers and to meet the people that are spending money on my designs.
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