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#07 THE JEWELLER JORDAN ASKILL

JORDAN ASKILL

Even though he’s based in the city, jeweller and sculptor Jordan Askill needs a daily fix of water. The beach, preferably, but if not, the lake in Central Park or his local swimming pool. ‘Being immersed in the water gives me ideas,’ explains the Sydney-born designer, who is now based in New York and London.

Askill had planned to go into fashion design and worked for Dior Homme in Paris until 2005, when he left to establish his own ready-to-wear jewellery line. ‘As a designer, my ethos is all about taking something familiar and representing it via a different element or medium,’ he says. His inspirations range from Jeff Koons to Fabergé, and his early pieces originated with found objects from his youth – ‘things that meant something to me that I adapted for wearing’. Recently his field of reference has moved to endangered species, such as macaws. ‘I read that there are very few left in Brazil,’ he says. ‘By using digital technology I can take the bird’s form and give it new life.’

The natural world intrigues Askill. One of his sculptural necklaces depicts a flock of swallows; another bracelet features a herd of wild horses evoking a mane-tossing, equine wave in silver; while a headdress is fashioned out of wishbone shapes. Each piece is executed meticulously and blurs the boundary between art and jewellery, as well as offering an insight into Askill’s fertile imagination.

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Mark Mahaney

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#07 PORTFOLIO GALLERY

NATURAL INSTINCT

‘Being immersed in the water gives me ideas.’

JORDAN ASKILL

MODERN TRADITIONAL

The contrast between modern and traditional techniques and between the natural and man-made world results in Askill’s pieces being meticulously executed. They blur the boundary between art and jewellery.

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#07 INSPIRATION GALLERY

08:00

Go for a swim

‘A normal working day will find me swimming first thing in the morning. The water puts me in the right mood for the day ahead. I’ll then go to the gem store in uptown New York before heading back downtown to my studio for design and paperwork in the afternoon.’

10:00

Work

‘My childhood memories are all about collecting things and changing them into jewellery. I like to alter perceptions of objects, so a headpiece could be a mountain or petals blowing in the wind. A panther can resemble a harness or even a backpack.’

18:00

Walk in the park

‘In the summer months, when I have any downtime I head to the park. I like to lie down in the shade under a tree, out of the glare of the sun so I can relax and connect with nature.’

20:00

Watch TV and read the papers

‘I like to take what I’ve seen on TV or read about in the papers and put it into a 3D context. Like the news of an endangered species. I work with 3D printing technology, as well as traditional silversmith techniques and hand-carving. It is important that my work is contemporary, but also keeps in touch with the past.’

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#07 TUDOR MODERN MOVEMENT

TUDOR CRAFT

The same energy, modernity and movement that defines Jordan Askill's jewellery is also encapsulated in the Tudor ‘Fastrider Black Shield’. Both are born out of 3D technology, among other techniques. The watch’s monolithic, scratch-proof case and bezel are made from hi-tech matt black ceramic. The whole case is produced as a single piece – a unique operation for watches in this segment.

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