What is the inspiration for your most recent collection featured at MADE?
This collection 'Christmas 2021' is all about luxury, celebration and pleasure. It's a collection to truly treat yourself to even if you wouldn't at any other time, it is my final collection of the year which I always consider to be like the cherry on top of my design journey.
Thoughts of winter celebration and decadence feature heavily in my new work. As the days draw in and the lights get cosy, the opportunities to shimmy in reflective jewellery at gatherings and festivities grow. I want to always make work for winter that lets you feel centre stage and full of confidence, and I believe this collection really gives you that opportunity using a bright palette of glitter, marble and mirror perspex, each of them complimenting each other.
When and how did you realise that creating jewellery was something you wanted to do as a career and why?
I suppose the cliche is to say I'd always known I wanted to "work" creatively but didn't know how to make it happen. I think I was scared and felt unconfident, especially given that growing up we're never told we can make a career in the arts. I finally took the plunge by doing anything that I felt I might like to try, including photography and selling headdresses among them. It's weird to say that I don't know how I decided or got the idea to laser cut, but I did, and so I started to just make simple shapes and forms and see how they went with my customers. They were very naive looking back. I really push myself now, I learn so much by pushing my skills with every collection I make.
How does the process inspire you?
My jewellery/ideas are nearly always formed like flashes of inspiration. I don't seek out inspiration or ideas, and often I work really quickly to release work. I would find it really hard to plan work that was to be released in 6 months because I don't know how I will feel in 6 months. This is in part why I got my own laser cutting machine, because I am so reactionary, I know quickly if something will work, and if it will I want to get it out there for everyone to see. I love that I can work this way, I feel very privileged that I have a space I can use to create all I want and with no restrictions.
What are your ambitions for this year?
I have one ambition which keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the list, to exhibit a body of large scale pieces- perspex art work. This would be a dream. Other than that, try to work out the infamous work life balance!! It's a myth surely?
Meet our maker of the month Lizzie, who runs Fizz goes Pop, and her latest range of work that is currently available through MADE.
Fizz Goes Pop is the colourful brainchild of Lizzie Iafrate, a creative with a penchant for all things colourful and shiny, there is in fact every chance she was a magpie in a past life.
Her background in graphic design pokes through into everything she does, be it wearable art in the form of juicy mirror perspex jewellery or her beautifully bold laser cut signs.
Her work is designed for all, not just colour lovers and not just women. In fact her mission is to make her art accessibly enjoyed by all people and for there to be no boundaries for who it is worn and used by.
Visit her instagram @fizzgoespop