I am a jewellery designer, maker and a recent Central Saint Martins alumni. My inspiration comes from my childhood imagination and memories spent in Slovakia. The fusion of Czechoslovak fairy tales and spending time in nature inspired me to create fantastical jewellery, serving as an extension of the body.

I have a particular focus on traditional jewellery techniques, such as hand engraving, stone carving and stone setting. I have been introduced to stone carving by Charlotte De Syllas. Throughout the years at CSM I enjoyed doing detail-oriented work. In my placement year, I also worked for Castro Smith, where, only by pure coincidence I fell in love with hand engraving. I managed to pick up skills in both surface and hand engraving, and as part of my learning, I have done a course on Japanese chisel engraving with Mariko Sumioka.

It has been my dream for quite some time to create a mushroom-inspired collection, to successfully develop a mushroom mycelium material I can set inside my jewellery. In the manufacturing process, I focused on traditional techniques with the ingenuity of mushroom mycelium. The Mycelium grows inside of the jewellery and symbolises tiny worlds and planets. While Mycelium and the study of mycology are an endless inspiration for my work, I also enjoy making colourful and organic jewellery. I believe that every piece of jewellery I make is as unique as the person who adorns it. I, therefore, find it fulfilling to create an emotional connection between the two.

Recently, I was fortunate to have been awarded a Brian Wood Travel Bursary which facilitates for me to join a jewellery school in Tokyo and explore various Japanese jewellery techniques. Although I will be based in Tokyo for a few months from September,  I am available for custom design orders and special projects. I will be documenting my personal journey in Tokyo so please feel free to follow me on Instagram: @martinakocianova.