Dominika Kupcova Jewellery is inspired by the human DNA.
This jewellery designer and maker is based in Glasgow. She aims to create complex, eye-catching structures with an element of optical illusion, carefully constructed using repeated layers of linear pattern. The work is informed by the aesthetic properties of the DNA double helix and DNA testing outcome, inspiration generated through an interest in science and genetics since childhood. A fascination with the intricacies of human genetic make-up, uniformly structured yet individual, is echoed in the unique hand crafted jewellery objects.
Tutton and Young Interviewed Dominika
to find out more about her work:
How and when did you want to be a maker and how did you start to realise that aim?
I’ve enjoyed being creative from early childhood, and having the opportunity to explore art & design in high school was crucial to my development, as it was through these projects I realised I loved experimenting with materials and transforming them into small-scale three dimensional objects. This passion then led me to pursue jewellery design at university and I haven’t looked back since!
What currently inspires you and which other artists do you admire and why? What can you tell us about your current artwork, for example, do you explore any specific themes or subjects?
Recently I have been looking at the graphic digital drawings of Tatiana Plakhova and visual art by Can Buyukberber (particularly his “Unfold Series”) as sources of inspiration. My work is informed by the aesthetic properties of the DNA double helix and DNA testing outcome, inspiration generated through an interest in science and genetics since childhood. My fascination with the intricacies of the human genetic make-up – uniformly structured yet individual – is echoed in the unique hand crafted jewellery objects.
What is your chosen medium and what are your techniques? Tell us a bit about your process and what environment you like to work in?
My work is created using a combination of hand and manufacturing processes – time-consuming and repetitive skill of metal work alongside quicker, modern techniques such as laser cutting. I aim to seamlessly combine non-precious materials of card and spray paint with precious metals in my jewellery, creating unique sculptural objects that are eye catching and visually intriguing. I work in a number of environments to create my work – I make all my paper and card forms at home, use my garden and shed to apply the coats of spray paint I use to give my work colour & a protective layer, and I have a studio in which I focus on my metal work.
How has your work developed since you began and how do you see it evolving in the future?
My work is constantly evolving – I enjoy periodically experimenting with new shapes, colours and with scale. I would love to see my work in a different context in the future – perhaps in the form of an installation or a large sculptural piece. Through any changes and potential future projects, I will always continue to make wearable objects and try to push ideas of what jewellery is and what it should look like.