C Breeze Jewellery Interview
Interview by: Geek Girl Princess Nightmare
Princess Nightmare got the chance to interview the talented C Breeze Jewellery, who made Sansa Stark's necklace from the Game of Thrones episode The Mountain and The Viper...
You made the necklace for Sansa's black dress in season 4, were you approached by the show to make something for that specifically? Or did they find you?
The chance to showcase my jewellery on the Game of Thrones came about when Emmy award-winning costume designer Michele Clapton, (designer of sansa’s dress) was given one of my pieces as a gift from a family member who bought it in New Zealand and took it back to the UK for her.
If they found you, did you know they were buying the piece for Game of Thrones? Or did you find out later?
When Michele visited New Zealand in 2013, she arranged to have a meeting with me in my studio as she liked my jewellery and saw potential for it to be show cased on season four Game of Thrones. My use of materials and concepts tied in well with the transformation of Sansa Stark, so we put our heads together and created the edgy piece that can be viewed on episode 8 Staircase Scene.
How does it feel to have one of your pieces on a TV show that is so hot right now?
I feel very humbled and excited to have been given the opportunity to make a piece of jewellery for the Game of Thrones. There are so many amazing and talented artists that work in this area, so to be from asked to make something is a real buzz.
Do you find that a lot of people approach you about Game of Thrones specifically? Do you feel that is now all people see when they come to your page or look for you as an artist? Or has it sparked more of an interest in your other pieces as well?
Having my jewellery on the show has given people more of a reference point. Being part of something that has such a major following has definitely helped me as an artist through commission work of the Sansa piece and my other jewellery as well. Before the show I had a following in New Zealand, so its great to have been exposed to a wider audience internationally.
Do you consider the necklace Sansa wore a good example of your work?
Yes. The piece that Sansa wears on the show is good example of my work through use of materials and symbology.
How and when did you start making jewellery?
My passion for making jewellery started from a very young age (about the age of eleven) when I was introduced to stone carving from my step father who is a master jade carver.
A lot of your pieces incorporate some very interesting stuff like bullets and large sewing needles, where did the inspiration for things like this come from?
I like the idea of sustainability so the use of bullets is perfect for this, in the fourth year of my jewellery & Metalsmithing Degree at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art I created a range of jewellery called ‘’Identify Your Target’’ as my final project, I looked closely at safety and protection in the outdoors. My Grandfather was shot accidentally in a hunting accident so it was a bit of a tribute to him that has continued on since. I am also strongly interested in textiles and fashion as this was also a major part of my studies, the link between jewellery and textiles and how they coincide with one another fascinates me. I love the idea of someone being able to ‘‘sew’’ one of my jewellery pieces on using a giant sewing needle cast in silver or hand carved in stone. Also seeing the delight on people’s face’s when they realize it’s a hand carved stone zipper as a pendant or a needle and button necklace, something that designers and people use most days but never give a second thought until is made from something semi precious and unexpected in the form of jewellery.
I know a lot of your work is done in stones that are native to and only found in New Zealand, which are absolutely beautiful! When did you start working with these stones?
Around the same time I first started making jewellery. My stepfather taught me the basics of carving such a culturally significant stone like Pounamu (maori name for greenstone). I fell in love with the fluidity of carving stone, the colours and textures unique to it’s place of origin, sourced from various rivers located on the west coast of the south Island NZ.
What is your favorite metal or stone to work with?
I love working with Silver, Flower Jade and Black Jade the contrast of these stones with metal is just beautiful.
What other kind of work do you do?
My main interest is in jewellery and adornment but I occasionally make small sculptures.
What are some of your favorite pieces you have created?
Some of my favorite pieces include a hand carved lipstick made entirely from stone and sterling silver. A stone Candy Range and my sewing needle, Button and Zipper Range and of corse I love working on my bullet range!
Do you take commission work?
Yes I do take commission work and can be contacted via my website
, email or my facebook page
Here are some more examples of her beautiful work:
was lucky enough to commission 2 pieces from C Breeze Jewelry, both a replica of the original Sansa necklace and a bracelet as a gift...
C Breeze Jewellery - website - facebook
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September 19 2014