by Nevena Rousseva
Have you ever wondered what bold, elegant and exquisite jewelry looks like? It looks like Heart + Noble, the London and New York based jewelry brand founded by Cristina Gabriele. Her jewelry explores the beauty of the everyday and brings life to ordinary materials, like cable ties, which she used to create the stunning pieces of her AW2014 collection. Don’t be fooled thought, her pieces are anything but ordinary, using sterling silver and 9ct yellow gold for the fine collection pieces, like the ring above, which will be available at the upcoming Heart + Noble trunk show (details below).
I first met Cristina through Launch NYC Fashion Week where she presented her 2014 collection. I couldn’t get the pieces out of my head! Lucky for all of us Cristina is currently designing a ready to wear version of the runway pieces that will be available for purchase in late May/early June of this year. How fantastic is that! I had to ask her a few questions…
1. In February you participated in the Launch NYC fashion week event. Can you tell me about the experience?
Showcasing my first New York Fashion Week Collection was sincerely remarkable; not only was I fortunate enough to share the experience with a truly spectacular community, I had the enormous luxury of witnessing my creations live! There’s nothing quite like seeing your designs breathe on the runway.
2. Your collection was so interesting, almost like creating beautiful body armor. Can you tell me about the concept?
Thank you, I too like to think of it as a sort of lace like armor, it’s certainly quite architectural and form fitting. The concept has been expanded from that of my fine Cable Tie Collection; it’s a conversation into exploring and appreciating functionality, and finding true beauty in function. It’s a celebration of the overlooked, the ordinary, the undiscovered; it’s an admiration for the everyday object that makes our world work just a little bit better.
3. Did you construct the pieces?
I did yes, as I mentioned the acrylic AW14 runway collection is a manifestation of the original, fine Cable Tie Collection. I took my three-dimensional object, which I refer to as my “unit,” extruded a 2D plane and laser cut multiples before designing the various arrangements / constellations. Each piece was assembled and sewn together by hand.
4. You consistently use the teardrop like shape in your pieces, can you tell me about that?
I’m fascinated by the teardrop for a number of reasons: its a very harmonious and gratifying shape. Voluptuous yet acerbic, tranquil yet abundant, it’s very balanced.
5. You are originally from England. What made you decide to move to New York?
I was raised in London, yes, but was actually born in Manhattan, although I only spent my first 6 or so months of life here. London is a gem, certainly one of the most culturally electric cities in the world, but it doesn’t possess quite the same hustle / can do attitude that New York City is loved and renowned for. I moved to New York for this dynamism, for the energy, I can’t imagine living my life any other way.
6. What were you doing before you started Heart + Noble?
I was fortunate enough to design and produce jewellery as Head of Production for a fine contemporary jewellery in London for three years after graduating from university, it was a remarkably enlightening experience, not to mention a superb introduction into the industry.
7. What inspired you to start Heart + Noble?
An overwhelming desire to create objects that would engage! I’ve always been incredibly passionate about creating dialogue through tactile exploration. Jewellery is an astonishingly intimate medium, and somewhat underexplored, at least in a truly modern sense. Heart & Noble was born from this passion, this curiosity.
8. What’s next for Heart + Noble?
A thousand and one things, as the label grows, so does my spirit of inquiry! New York has embraced us so tenderly; there are no limits!♥
TRUNK SHOW DETAILS:
WHERE: FLAT 128, 15 Christopher Street, New York NY
WHEN: Thursday, April 24th at 6pm
Meet Cristina and snag one of her beautiful pieces!