Annamaria Mikulik

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About Annamaria Mikulik

Annamaria Mikulik, the designer focusing on contemporary jewelry. She graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. She also studied at The University of Plymouth, Exeter, UK and National institute of design, CEPT, Ahmedabad, India. She is a member of Slovak Union of Visual Arts as well as Slovak Union of Contemporary Jewelry AURA. Her creativity is influenced by her various fields of studies.

  • Winner of Jewelry Design Award.
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Interview with Annamaria Mikulik

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
I come from an artistic family background, which has helped me develop my craftsmanship and ambition to make own designs come to life. I was greatly influenced by my parents‘ work, their sculptures and the enamel jewelry they were creating.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
the design studio is divided into 2 separate departments. The first one is focusing on commercial jewelry lines and the other one stands for creating contemporary jewellery. In my design work, I use precious techniques – enameling / use of everlasting material, which in medieval times were used to create the most valuable jewels.
What is "design" for you?
I always loved miniatures and as a product designer, consider creating jewellery for product miniatures.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
Most favourite design is the package with which won the 1st prize on an international packaging competition. The stylisation of this object is taken to an extreme.
What was the first thing you designed for a company?
The first four collections of NATIF brand. It was very hard and the production and finishing technical details took a lot of time and patiance.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
Enamel. The material which she embedded in her work, something she took from mother and grandfather. The eternal and, by its quality everlasting material which is used from medieval times as a very precious jewellery making technique.
When do you feel the most creative?
Surrounded by beauty of any type. Perceiving and admiring what the world offers.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
Simplicity... making design as simple as possible.. striving to maintain its basic function.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
Seeing the path... The process which the designer had to go trough to the final point and the way he stylized it.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
Keeping things as simple as possible. Sometimes the easiest solutions are the best.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
There will always be a need for easthetics surrounding the lifes of all of us.
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
Being part of JOYA Barcelona Contemporary Jewellery Fair was enriching in many ways. It‘s so far the highest goal reached.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
The world is fuller and fuller of millions of sources of inspiration. It‘s important to choose what is necessary and not to allow oneself become affected by things that aren‘t.
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
Studying toy design made works playful, while going through concept design studies has given the resources to use both the background and the authenticity to imprint own mark into the art world.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
It‘s the role of a designer to cultivate the others‘ perspectives. The family and country heritage have deeply effected my work.
How do you work with companies?
Achieving balance between what they need and what is acceptable for a designer to create is crucial.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
Perceiving how the designer can balance between the usefulness and aesthetics of a product.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
Mind visualisation is preffer to 3D drawing - saves a lot of time.
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
Silver flute, balet pointies, a piece of a natural artefact in a vase.
Can you describe a day in your life?
Waking up very early, adjusting the daily plan in the quiet morning, starting to work as early as possible, spending quality time with the family, sometimes working in the evening when the quietness arises again. Absorbing the environment and the surrounding life.
Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
Keep your fear of being copied short. There are many people on the planet. Sometimes it happens that few different people have similar ideas at the same time.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
Negatives: Being disturbed when surrounded by bad designs, kitch or unmatching colours.Positives: Having the ability to create beauty for others. Helping others to simplify their lives.
What skills are most important for a designer?
The ability to separate usefulness from uselessness. Creating things with a picture of eternal beauty in mind.
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
Sometimes you have to wait for the right moment of inspiration. Often working on the same few projects in the same time and going back to them after a while can freshen up your mind and save a lot of time.
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
Sometimes it all happnes very fast. Crucial is the time preparing the design for production and reducing technological hurdles.
What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
If the holiday is necessary. People confuse designing for playing, and forget it’s a job as hard as any other job, with a background of entire years of studies, trials and errors.
Who are some of your clients?
Mostly women who value good design and like to stand out of the crowd.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
Keeping the mind playful and open. Hiding into the inner world and diving into imagination.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
It’s important to keep the brand useful and delightful for customers. Keeping the traditional forms while coming with some new ideas.
Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
Working as a freelancer and cooperating with external coleagues or companies is always very enriching.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
Experimenting with posibilities of enamel is enriching and ful of inspiration.
Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
Designer is the one who perceives beauty in a specific way. Sometimes, this is about aesthetics globally. Therefore, they can move and blend their work between design fields gracefully.

Extended Interview with Annamaria Mikulik

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
I come from an artistic family, which has helped me develop my craftsmanship and ambition to make my own designs come to life. I was greatly influenced by my parents‘ work, their sculptures and the enamel jewelry they were creating.
Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
I wanted to become a jeweller - enameler like my mother what led me through artistic studies. Having a great design teachers has helped me develop design skills and encouragd me to continue to be a designer. She have joined my dreams together to become a jewelery designer.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
I created few minimalist jewelry collections and jewels combining enamel and precious metals.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
It should have a great concept that goes hand in hand with sophisticated shapes.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
Good design enhances human aesthetic perception and makes life easier.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
I don't know if we shouldnt go back to the more ancient principles in some things. Many modern mechanisms deprive us of the time and substance of problems. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best.
What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
Try to be different, innovative and try to stand out from the crowd.
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
Art nouveau jewellers. Simplicity in lines and shape innovation in these times is amazing. Also enamel was used as one of the main materials in this period.
What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
I like that each of my colleagues is different and therefore his approach to design is original and unique.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
I am proud of my unique packaging that won first place in the international packaging design competition. I like how I managed to create something sophisticated from a simple principle.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
Its an ability to bring aesthetics and utility to everyday objects.
What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
One can have a lot of ideas, it's about practice to know which one is worth developing.
How do you think designers should present their work?
An important task of designers is to cultivate others to surround themselves with objects of high aesthetic value.
What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
I would like to create more objects that would help people, beautify their lives and bring them a deep aesthetic fulfillment.
How does design help create a better society?
I think that designers should not forget the ecology and its principles. I am pleased that we do not forget the important issues that are also in our competence to influence them in some way.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
I am pleased to develop and find new connections of ancient enamel technology and modern shapes.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
The ones I've been thinking about for a long time, and I've had to make a lot of effort to finish them.
What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
I would like many things to simplify and return to traditional principles and solutions. Sometimes the simplest principles are the most effective.
How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
It depends on material and purpose, production options, production times, cooperation and presentation purpose.
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
Keeping the mind playful and open is crucial. Hiding into the inner world and diving into imagination is the most important part of designing.
What is the role of technology when you design?
I try to use traditional techniques .. for example enameling... eternal and precious material.
Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
It depends on design partner. Sometimes he helps to consult with colleagues.
How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
Its a long process. Practice, errors and trials. Most important is the ability to separate usefulness from uselessness. Creating things with a picture of eternal beauty in mind. Keeping things as simple as possible. Sometimes the easiest solutions are the best.
How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
Its more important to keep doing great work. Its nice feeling to be honored for your work but its not the target.
Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
Knowledge that there are so many people on the planet. Sometimes it happens that few different people have similar ideas at the same time.
What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
Its important to keep dreams in mind. Everything starts with a dream.
When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
Sure and being encouraged by parents to strenghten the artistic skills was the base to the profession.
What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
People will always have a need to be surrounded by beauty. The forms or technologies may change but there will always be a need.
Please tell us anything you wish your fans to know about you, your design and anything else?
I create designer jewelry for people to enjoy beauty. I wish my designs to brighten their days and fulfill the purpose of creation.

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