Interview with Vancouver-based Jewelry designer, Eden Philippa.
WHO ARE YOU?
Eden Philippa, the goldsmith and designer behind my self titled jewelry line, Eden Philippa.
WHAT DO YOU CREATE?
Earrings, rings, necklaces and sometimes bracelets all made with recycled precious metals and conflict-free diamonds. I also work one-on-one with clients to create custom pieces including engagement rings and wedding bands along with repurposing old jewelry and family heirlooms.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOOLS AND PROCESSES?
I mostly use traditional goldsmithing techniques, like lost wax casting. If I’m making something more complex, I will use a CAD program to design and print the wax instead of carving it by hand. Lots of filing, sanding, polishing, and hammering all go into the production of one piece.
I’m really inspired by the creation process. Along with that I’m motivated by good design and quality made goods.
WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PROCESS?
There is no rhyme or reason to my design process. I will always carry around a notebook because sometimes it will be an idea that pops into my head one second and is gone the next.
WHERE IS YOUR STUDIO?
In Vancouver, BC, close to Main & Broadway.
WHEN ARE YOU MOST PRODUCTIVE?
I love the mornings when it’s quiet.
Jewelry is kind of like the matching puzzle piece to my creativity. Plus I’ve always had a knack for fine detail. Starting out with raw materials and finishing with something that is elegant, delicate, and sparkly all seems like magic to me.
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START?
I did a two year Goldsmithing program in Toronto. When I was done I started out with custom pieces, mostly wedding and engagement, and it grew from there.