Lisa Krulasik

Lisa Krulasik, is a talented jewellery designer based in New York City, she has been honing her craft at Pratt Institute for the past several years. Lisa was awarded the 2015 Saul Bell Design Award and received first place in the emerging  jewellery artist category. 

Her BFA Jewellery Thesis Collection embodies her passion for Jewellery and reptiles. We took time out to speak with Lisa about her collection and the creative processes involved. 

In what ways has your background influenced where you are now?

I am a first generation American from Polish parents. Growing up in a Polish household plays a minor roll in my work. My BFA Collection is titled Istota, which in Polish means “being, essence, creature, entity, substance, and soul.”  

My education has definitely had a major impact on my work. I have always been very interested in architecture, math, and science so much so I originally was going to study Chemical Engineering. Once I found my love for creating, I trusted my gut and pursued art to see where it took me in life.

Please describe your design aesthetic in three words?

Crisp, dynamic, and sculptural.

Who would you most like to see wearing your jewellery?

It brings me great joy having anybody interested in my work and I honestly would love to have anyone wear my pieces.

Please describe the creative processes from start to finish of a new jewellery collection?

Typically, what sparks my urge to make something new is when I’m inspired by materials and forms. I then start sketching ideas while referencing the inspiration. For example, if a piece of wood sparks my creativity I will hold and rotate the piece in my hand so that I can discover and draw out new forms. After sketching, I either make prototypes out of base metal and paper, then move on to making the piece in the selected materials, or I just jump right into making the final pieces. Also, there are times that I don’t sketch at all and just start to make intuitively. All of this depends on what my instincts are telling me to do in the moment.

What’s your jewellery philosophy? How do you like to wear your favourite pieces?

While I design and create, I make sure to stay in tune with my intuition and allow for change as I progress. I find that this lets my work radiate the passion that I have for each individual piece. The process for my thesis collection, Istota, involved designing and rendering thirty brooches with watercolour and gouache. This was to gain a better understanding of how the materials worked with each other and with the concept. To further progress, I had a few outside artists critique the designs, and then I selected the ten strongest designs that complemented my personal artistic instincts.

I enjoy wearing pieces to complement an outfit, show off my personality, and boost my confidence. I also enjoy when people ask me questions about the piece I am wearing.

What type of woman did you have in mind when designing your collections?

Instinctively I design work that is gender neutral, I believe everyone has the capability to wear whatever they please. However, when I am commissioned to make a piece for someone specifically, it may be more associated with a gender if this is what they would prefer.

Where did you find inspiration for the materials you use?

I have always been interested in work that included non-traditional materials. During my third year of college, I took a class titled beyond metals, where I was educated on how to work with many new materials like wood, plastic, paper, etc. Since then, I have been inspired to stay on the look out to find unique and beautiful materials that allow me to create freely.

What is the future for your jewellery brand?

I am working on many new and exciting projects, which I cannot wait to share! A few have been shared on my website but I am also working on various commissions and creating a new selection of jewellery.

The next few months have a lot in store. Stay updated by following my social media accounts and checking my website.