Greek-born and London-based jewellery and accessories designer Christina Ioannidou is influenced by different tribes and cultures from all over the world. Christina studied artistic jewelry in London, but it’s her one-of-a-kind masks, made mostly of fur, leather and metal, that have made her famous and that have appeared in the pages of all the big fashion magazines. We are amazed by the empowering energy of her creations and simply had to ask her a few questions.
And we were especially excited that she did a special IRMA mask design for us!
When do you know a piece is finished?
Christina Ioannidou: It is like a circle. You just know when it is closed. One may not realise but I see when the end of it has come and then I move to the next one. I always look back to them, though I just never alter them as they represent a specific expression on a specific point of time in my life.
What is the most important tool in your studio that you can’t live without?
C.I.: My jewellery files and my favourite pencil.
If you were asked to create an environment where creation can thrive, what is the first thing you would do?
C.I.: Unlimited free access to any kind of art work spaces and material sources.
Do emotions cloud decision making?
C.I.: Yes. A lot. But any decision taken under emotional drive represents something so strong that the clouds break apart and the decision is proven right.
How would you describe your personal style?
C.I.: Minimal colours and lines, combining and playing between different textures.
What comes first to your mind when you create an artifact, the material or the final form?
C.I.: Forms. Feeling, shapes and colour is the first thing that comes to mind. Materials come naturally as they serve my thirst to please the outcome I have imagined.
Do you sketch, collect or collage when working on a design?
C.I.: I do a small sketch or write a note. Then I collect images that communicate my idea. (Not fashion images, mainly people, shapes or scenery.) Then I work with the materials. Materials are always the most basic factor and the final form of a piece always changes according to how I end up putting those materials together.
What would you like to ask IRMA?
C.I.: IRMA, travelling the world as you do, could you name me the most exciting place you have been and why?