19 May, 2021 In Conversation with Claire Hammon, Designer and Creative Director of Meadowlark Jewellery We sat down with Claire Hammon, designer and creative director of Meadowlark. Discover more about the world of the New Zealand based jewellery label you need on your radar in this exclusive Q&A.

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DSO: Can you tell us a bit about how Meadowlark came to fruition?

 

CH: Greg and I met when we were both working on different projects but in similar phases in our lives. I was designing magazines and had recently sold a fashion brand I started when I was a teenager. Greg was making jewellery alongside working in the skateboarding industry. We initially connected over an art collaboration and from there, started seeing each other. It wasn’t long before we realised we could combine our skills and make our own collection of jewellery.

 

Together, Meadowlark was born. Right from the start Meadowlark was successful but at the time we could have never imagined that it could grow into what it is now. Staying true to our humble beginnings, we’re proud to say we have made almost every piece to order since day one and still continue to make most of our items, where possible in our Auckland based atelier.

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DSO: Talk us through your design process. How do you approach a new piece or collection?

 

CH: Our process is always changing with every collection we make, we’re both fairly unorganised creatives! Sometimes we’ll have an epiphany and a sudden idea becomes an entire collection. This happened with Celeste. The collection just came about one morning when I couldn't sleep and started sketching then suddenly, we had a collection that day! Other times a design is based on meaningful words or symbols. The materials we work with also inspire our pieces. Often we are inspired by a beautiful stone or pearl we source and the design is built from there.

 

The only consistency we have is making and exploring every idea we come up with. This can mean endless amounts of concepts that of course need to be edited down into something that makes sense, but this also often allows us to create sometimes two or three collections at once and we end up being a few years ahead of ourselves. We are lucky to have a team of skilled jewellers in house who bring our ideas to life. Producing in house is such a point of difference for us and assists us in all areas of the business.

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DSO: How do you feel that being based New Zealand impacts your designs and your choice of materials?

 

CH: We do feel really lucky to be in beautiful New Zealand and are proud to be able to support local New Zealand craftsmanship and keep the jewellery industry alive here however our New Zealand surroundings hardly ever impact the design of our pieces. We are often looking out into the world to be inspired. Sometimes it’s easier to be inspired by things you are less familiar with.

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DSO: Where do you draw your inspiration from? Are there any artists, places, public figures or other muses that you particularly admire?

 

CH: I am personally obsessed with art, architecture and interiors, some of my favourites are; Kate Van Der Drift, Dan Arps, Charlotte Perriand and Joseph Dirand, I could go on! A few of my favourite artists have worn our pieces too such as FKA Twigs, Lorde and Marlon Williams. It’s always exciting being able to design specific pieces for them and our in house atelier allows us the flexibility to do so. I absorb the world visually so I am constantly inspired but not by anything specific usually. I am always in search of the unique. Travelling was another big source of inspiration for me, I miss that so much.

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DSO: If you could choose one hero piece from the Mode Edit, which would it be and how would you wear it?

 

CH: I would have to choose the Sculpture Drop Earrings. These earrings were inspired by a sculpture I saw in Paris. Each section is based on a body in motion, I love how they move with you and the cuff detail creates an illusion, you can’t quite figure out how they are sitting on your ear. I love how they play with the body in this way, we’re really proud of this design. I like to layer mine with our other sculpture pieces.

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