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Clairely Upcycled Jewellery Upcycled Jewellery by Claire Requa

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Claire Requa (CR) for A' Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Claire Requa by clicking here. Access more information about the award winning design Clairely Upcycled Jewellery here.



Interview with Claire Requa at Tuesday 12th of February 2013

FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
CR: Clairely upcycled jewellery was started as a way to use the wasted acrylic from the production of Claire de Lune Chandelier.

FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
CR: The focus was to design a marketable product upcycled from the waste acrylic. To present a product that is comparable to other jewellery brands. To provide pieces that empower.

FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
CR: To expand production and grow the brand.

FS: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
CR: Many months of consideration over what the products could be. But it is an organic line. The collections grows all the time, and suddenly a number of pieces make up a collection.

FS: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
CR: The inspiration to repurpose/recycle/upcycle the extra material from the production of Claire de Lune Chandelier

FS: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
CR: At the moment I am producing it myself, but am interested in leasing the production.

FS: What made you design this particular type of work?
CR: Jewellery, the adornment of the body is something that enriches the soul.

FS: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
CR: No.

FS: Who is the target customer for his design?
CR: The target customer is a person young at heart, with a young spirit.

FS: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
CR: The pieces in the collections tell stories. They create conversations. The wearers can be inspired and empowered.

FS: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
CR: Clairely, obviously. (a pun on "clearly"). The material mostly used is clear, transparent acrylic, resounding my life philosophy to have clarity and transparency in my life.

FS: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
CR: Laser-cutting machine.

FS: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
CR: Where the designs originate. The inspiration, some of them from my own childhood, from my travels. All very personal sources of inspiration

FS: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
CR: No one.

FS: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
CR: Laser cutting technology.

FS: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
CR: None.

FS: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
CR: The packaging was, and still is a big challenge. To satisfy the customer, the satisfy the retailer - these are difficult criteria to be able to unite. And with re-purposing the CD tray, I have solved many of the practical criteria, but also my own (hippie) conscience is clear with this choice.

FS: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
CR: As my designs are a bi-product of my earlier submitted design - Claire de Lune Chandelier - this was the perfect next product to submit.

FS: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
CR: I had many challenges in solving sourcing of materials, taking photos of the work, and marketing this new product.


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

A' Design Award and Competitions grants rights to press members and bloggers to use parts of this interview. This interview is provided as it is; DesignPRWire and A' Design Award and Competitions cannot be held responsible for the answers given by participating designers.

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