Artist of the Month: Matthew Calvin

Matthew Calvin in the studio

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 didn’t want to look at a sewing machine ever again! I’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.  If I could recreate something like the feeling I get when looking at one of his pieces, then I’m sorted.

Meteorite HoopsWhere’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 bands  / singers to have on in the studio?

I love a bit of slow atmospheric music when I’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.

What’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.

Meteorite BangleWhat is your favourite film?                

I don’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?  / Sunday?

Most Sundays I walk around London with my partner, we always end up at Columbia Road Flower market, it’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!

What’s your motto for work?

My motto in life is, I can and I will.  I think if you’re going to do something, you may as well do it properly. I’m always looking to do things more efficiently and constantly strive for perfection.