In Conversation with Angely Martinez
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Angely Martinez, I’m a New York-based designer. I went to school at Long Island University where I studied jewelry designing. I learnt a lot at school and that’s where I knew I had to pursue this for a career. Then I went to FIT where I did a two-year program in jewelry design. I did several internships which helped me a lot, like with Bijules and Urban Glass. I have been in this industry for about eight years now.
Can you tell us a little bit about your brand?
My Brand is called Angely Martinez. I do statement pieces, chunkier pieces of jewellery. I draw a lot of my inspiration from nature and fantasy. I love fairy tales, and a lot of my inspiration comes from there. My pieces are very avant-garde and unique. I make my pieces myself. It involves a lot of hand work that I do on my own, sometimes with a little help. I work with metals with a lot of stonework. I use glass, pearls, opals, etc. My debut collection is called ‘Vermillion’.
I believe you won an award last year?
Yes, I won the Accessories Council Next Generation Award for Outstanding Fashion Jewellery design. The Accessories Council is a not-for-profit, international advocacy organization that support accessory designers in the United States. In collaboration with FIT, they reward promising emerging talent every year. I received the award for my “La Inspiracion de Una Mariposa” necklace which is inspired by the Greta Oto butterfly and has been on display at the MJSA Expo at Jacob K. Convention Center from 10th– 12th March. It has given me an amazing platform to display my work and has been a great experience.
Which past experiences would you say have shaped your work, design sensibilities, & aesthetic?
I am deeply inspired by art and art movements. Having studied them over the years, they inspire a lot of my work. The work of Frida Kahlo especially contributes. Also, Alexander Mc Queen, the drama in his work has greatly inspired me. This year antiquity and classical sculpture have been a huge inspiration.
What’s your personal style?
My personal style is very plain. I have recently started experimenting because of my work, but mostly I dress in a very plain and simple manner. I think my creativity shows itself in my jewellery.
What inspires your work?
I usually let the material guide my work. Recently I have been doing a lot of work with stones. So I look at the stone and then decide how best to progress. Sometimes I may already have a design in my mind which I would then try to translate, but mostly the material leads.
What is your vision for your craft?
I would like to do a lot of collaborations with designers going forward. I would also like to design for runway shows, and maybe even movies. There are endless possibilities.
Who are your favourite artists in your field of work?
There was this exhibition in the Met in 2013 by jewellery designer Joel A. Rosenthal who works in Paris under the name JAR. I really admire his work and loved that exhibition.
Your favourite travel destination & why?
There is this beautiful small town in Spain called Toledo that I really liked. It is this really old town with a lot of old age architecture. When you look at it you can see the different periods of history that the town has lived through in its architecture. It is old, quaint, and very peaceful.
Your favourite book or film that motivate & inspire you.
Book – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. When I graduated college I was very confused about what I should do. This book really helped clear things up for me and enabled me to decide on the career path I should take.
Film – Pan’s Labyrinthe, the film is an amazing mix of horror and fantasy, I really liked it.
What value are you trying to create through your work?
I think the value I’m trying to create is bringing a new aesthetic into the industry. My work is unlike anything I’ve seen so far in the industry, and that is the value I’m trying to create. A new niche of jewellery design.