Our December Artist of the Month is Matthew Calvin, a jewellery designer based in London. Take a peek at our interview with him to find out what his indulgences are and what he would do with an acre of land..
Can you tell me a bit more about yourself and why you began designing?
I studied womenswear at the London College of Fashion. When I finished I didnâ€™t want to look at a sewing machine ever again! Iâ€™ve always loved jewellery so it seemed the next logical step. I started out with a few basic courses and then the rest is history
Which designers/artists do you admire?
Claude Monet for me is the most amazing artist, the romance of it all.Â If I could recreate something like the feeling I get when looking at one of his pieces, then Iâ€™m sorted.
Whereâ€™s your favourite place in the world?
Barcelona, quickly followed by London, I was brought up in Barcelona so it will always hold a special place in my heart. My family are all still there which is a great excuse to visit!
Do you listen to music when you are working? If so – who are your favourite bandsÂ / singers to have on in the studio?
I love a bit of slow atmospheric music when Iâ€™m in a melancholic mood, but a bit of cheesy pop gets my creative juices flowing.
If you inherited an acre of land what would you do with it?
I really like the idea of having a little farm, a few animals and Id really like to grow my own fruit and veg, loads of purple carrots and different shaped courgettes.
Whatâ€™s your earliest memory?
When I was 3 we lived in Paris, I remember being picked up by a rosy cheeked French chef, being taken into the kitchen and fed ice-cream straight from the tub.
What is your favourite film? Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
I donâ€™t think I could choose just one but Notting Hill is up there amongst the top.
Do you have any unusual talents?
I recently got a little puppy; I seem to have a new found talent at toilet training!
What are your indulgences?
Monday to Thursday its clothes and fashion, Friday to Sunday its gin, definitely gin.
How do you spend a typical weekend?Â / Sunday?
Most Sundays I walk around London with my partner, we always end up at Columbia Road Flower market, itâ€™s amazing. The later you go the cheaper the flowers are. I always end up buying more than I can carry especially after all the gin!
Whatâ€™s your motto for work?
My motto in life is, I can and I will.Â I think if youâ€™re going to do something, you may as well do it properly. Iâ€™m always looking to do things more efficiently and constantly strive for perfection.