Artist and designer Tomasz Donocik grew up in Vienna. He moved to London where he studied Jewellery Design first at Central Saint Martins and then in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery at the Royal College of Art. He also attended a course in Leather Accessories at the London College of Fashion. Tomasz creates collections driven by themes, the inspiration for which he draws from literature and architecture. He is not a traditional jeweller in the sense that he considers each piece primarily as an object of design, rather than adornment, and as a part of a narrative into which he hopes to draw his wearer.
He is interested in new subtle ways for men to wear jewellery and continuously crosses the boundaries between fashion and jewellery, giving jewellery a new meaning and form. He strives to introduce new materials into jewellery and tries to merge the traditional heritage of the craft (gold, silver, precious stones) with more contemporary materials such as silk, leather and wood. His sensitive fusion of materials, and his bold masculine designs which integrate the idea of adornment into masculine attire have attracted numerous media. Hilary Alexander writes for The Telegraph: “[he]…is determinted to spearhead a new way for men to wear jewellery…It is the scarf and braces, however, which bear closer inspection - because these, in fact, represent a new step forward in men’s jewellery design”. Alexander sums up Donocik’s career so far: “Although Donocik only graduated in June this year , he has already built up an impressive portfolio of achievements. He won the Ebel Haute Couture Watch project in 2003 and most recently, in July, won The Worshipful Company of Goldsmith’s Jewellery Designer of the Year 2006 award”. “His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and events including the Swarovski Crystal haute couture catwalk show at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Inorghenta International Jewellery Trade Show in Munich, the British Council in Hong Kong and the London University of Arts, among others.His commissions include the Royal Ascot De Beers Diamond Day prize for the winning jockey of the King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and design development for Louis Vuitton and Moet Chandon.”
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