Each year, as we get closer to the announcement of the Saul Bell Design Award winners, we relish the anticipation by catching up with a few past winners. Over the past couple weeks we’ve chatted with Chihiro Makio and Thomas Dailing.
I recently caught up with Marina Babić –2012 first place winner in the bead category—and asked her how she got started in jewelry art and what she’s doing now.
Marina says of her award-winning design, “It was almost begging to have something growing out of it.” It’s as if her designs come to life and flourish.
As I admire Marina’s designs, I see that she has mastered the art of contouring metal. When asked to describe her designs in three words, she immediately came back with “clean, classic, and curvilinear.” Her pieces mimic the beautiful curves that occur abundantly in flowers, leaves, butterflies and vines. These forms are captured repeatedly in Marina’s metals of choice.
Bernadette Bennett: What is your favorite metal and why?
Marina Babic: I really like 18K gold because of its warm color. The color seems to look great with a lot of other materials and stones.
BB: How did you stumble upon jewelry making?
MB: I attended a fine arts program at the Art Centre in Toronto, ON, where I focused on figurative sculpture. Once I started working in bronze, I fell in love with the metal. I had much more control than working with plaster or cement fondue. I enrolled in a Jewelry Arts Program at George Brown College in Toronto. Once I learned goldsmithing and started making jewelry, I never looked back.
BB: What are you working on now?
MB: I am still exploring the anticlastic raising technique. The process of the forming creates these beautiful curvilinear lines in my work. These lines and the process itself are where I draw inspiration for my designs.
Another project Marina recently completed was a collaboration with Sally McCubbin, a Toronto-based glass artist. Marina and Sally collaborated on this metal and glass window panel. Each of the units are about 7 inches in diameter and it was created for an exhibition at the Design Exchange that is in conjunction with the SNAG Conference.