Lucie Houdková ⫸ interview

Lucie Houdková ⫸ interview

Lucie Houdková ⫸ interview 150 150 Dautor

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1. Beyond the awards, what did Athens Jewelry Week bring you?

It was a great opportunity to meet new people and make contacts, not only from the jewelry community. I visited a lot of exhibitions and interesting places. In fact, I have not experienced such a culturally rich week for a long time. What I had neglected all year long in Prague I made up for in a week in Athens 🙂

2. Your collections of jewelry are diverse, soft, but powerful and you can see that is a lot of work in them. How do you balance inspiration and technique?

I try to keep them in balance, which is often very difficult. Usually the material that I try to tame is stronger than me and my attempts to shape it don’t work out. There are also however situations where, on the contrary, this results in good work. I often wonder why I don’t choose an easier way instead of still inventing unrealistic ideas. That wouldn’t be fun nor a challenge that drives me forward.

3. I saw on your portfolio that you play with materials, colors, and shapes. It almost brings memories about childhood being so colorful and playfulness. What are your inspirations? Where this coming from?

When I invent a new series of jewelry, it is very hard for me to take a pad of paper and start sketching. Ideas usually come by themselves when I experiment with materials. In high school, I studied the field of “Toys”, so a degree of playfulness is reflected in my work 🙂 In recent years I have become enchanted by the beauty and diversity of the underwater world. I like to dive and am fascinated with all the incredibly colorful structures that form the underwater forest of plants and animals. It’s a bottomless treasure trove of new ideas for me.

4. Where do you find beauty? How do beauty and jewelry meet in your work? *

It’s hard for me to tell where I am looking for beauty. It can be in nature, in art, in everyday things around us. Something has a beautiful form, something else a beautiful thought. In my work I try to connect them both. When I create a new piece of jewelry, I always try to make it more perfect, but beauty can also hide in imperfections and defects. Although my work looks very complicated, I still believe that the greatest beauty is in simplicity.

5. How will you describe the contemporary jewelry envinroment in Prague, the city where you live and create?

In Prague or rather in the Czech Republic, there is a quite young audience following contemporary art jewelry. This field has been expanding lately, and public interest is increasing. The creation of the category “Jewelry” in the competition for the best Czech design “Czech Grand Design”, which is announced every year, certainly contributed to raising awareness. This goes hand in hand with organizing more exhibitions and supporting young students. In addition to the Academy of Arts Architecture and Design in Prague, where jewelry can be studied, a new high school of arts was founded in Pilsen, where the jewelry-based studio ‘i & e ac’ was led by an excellent teacher and jeweler Petr Vogel.