Roberta Pederzoli from Quinta Essenza designs textured and tactile jewellery, recreating a sensation of fairy-tale elegance and enchantment by delicately brushing colours over her works: black, white and gold. Her jewellery is inspired by natural and organic shapes, in particular by lichens, wood and interesting forms she observes during her walks. We caught up with Roberta to find out more about her bags and inspirations.
If you weren’t a designer-maker, what would you be right now?
I would like to be what I am a designer-maker. This is my second career and I love what I am doing.
When did you realise you wanted to be a designer?
It was few years ago, when I was playing with my daughter in a park in Italy, making necklaces by joining daisies together, as I used to do as a child. I suddenly realised I wanted to learn how to make jewellery.
Describe your work in three words.
Simplicity, attention to detail and enchantment. I asked a dear friend to describe my jewellery, as it is difficult to be emotionally detached from your own work and she said: elegant, regal and original.
Are there any other designers whose work you admire, and why?
Goldsmith Giovanni Corvaja who is able to create extremely elegant and sophisticated jewellery by using gold threads. Each piece is a statement, you just need one of his jewellery and a simple black dress to look like a queen.
What do you do in your free time?
I love walking and listen to music.
What’s one thing you like to do everyday without fail?
Making jewellery. When I am working with metals, things do not go always the way I am expecting, after an initial frustration my mind starts wondering and initiates a problem solving process. This opens the door to more creativity and original work. Overcoming the fear of failure is paramount in creative process.
What brings you the greatest satisfaction?
Two things without a specific order: working on new jewellery pieces when listen to classical music and chatting with my children at breakfast when we are not in a rush.
What’s the best advice you have been given?
Follow your dreams.
What’s the best gift you have ever received?
A gold bracelet with ruby given to me by my mother. She received it as a present from my father but she remembered when I was a child I used to love it.
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What is in your bucket list?
I love travelling. There are still several places I would like to visit.
What is the best piece you have bought and from whom?
A brooch in an antique shop.